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Continuity Planning

Resources for transitioning to online and hybrid learning and teaching.

Accessing Textbooks

Requests & Questions

Please note- we are trying to provide online access to as many textbooks as possible. If you have a specific request or question regarding textbook access, please email us.

View the current course reserves. We are working on getting increased online access through our database providers. We will link e-book/online versions of your sources if we find them, but it may take some time for us to search through resources and find a copy.  

If you have a textbook for your class on reserve that won’t be accessible online, please email us (libpurchasesuggestion@humboldt.edu) to see if there is a possibility of obtaining E-book access for your class. Digitizing chapters of heavily used course reserves texts may be possible, but is slow due to the time it takes to scan them and make them accessible. Tip: publishers are often providing limited access for emergency purposes, and we are happy to help. 

While we will try to find free copies for you though various resources, you may consider/need to contact the publisher directly to access some texts.  If we cannot find a copy though services/products that publishers have made freely accessible during these times, we will work with you directly to find other options. If none of these options work to provide your class access to their course reserves, you can also reach out to the Accessibility Resource Center (arcs@humboldt.edu) to request digitization of specific chapters of your text from the physical copy.

Accessing Library Books, DVDs, & other resources

Accessing Library Books & DVDs

Please consult the mail-to-services we are providing, in addition to the ebooks at Research Help Frequently Asked Questions.


Our regular journal and article access is available through the semester. We will post any outages or changes here.

Many vendors are providing complimentary access to online resources through the semester. See below for details.

Database Trials

Visit our database trials page for information on possible new electronic subscription services. You are invited to provide feedback.

Research Help

Research Help

Get help from a librarian Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Email or call (707) 826-3418 for main desk, (707) 826-3419 for Special Collections. Leave a message, which will be forwarded to librarians. Replies are usually given within 24 hours, except holidays and weekends. We will respond as quickly as we can to answer your question and/or set up a phone call or web conferencing session. Watch for a new chat system coming soon and see the Research Help guide for more information.

Accessing full-text articles

Having trouble accessing full-text articles while using Google Scholar and/or are you being prompted to pay for articles? You may need to link our library so that you can access articles for free through our databases! Watch the video below for guided instructions on how to link your Google Scholar account to HSU Library for free, full-text access.