For Faculty

The Grossmont College Library is here to help you and your students. Our resources and services support teaching, learning, and research. 



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Course Materials

Course Materials

Place course materials (textbooks, DVDs, etc) on reserves at the library for student use. 

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check mark icon Submit a Reserves Intake Form to place course materials on reserve at the library.

Learn more about Course Reserves

Research Help

Research Help

Research help is available in person and from off campus.

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Borrowing Help

Borrowing Help
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WiFi Hotspots 

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Learn more about Circulation Services

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Grossmont students, faculty, and staff may request items outside of the Grossmont Library collections using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This service is free of charge. 


Interlibrary Loan Request Form
Separate form required for each book and/or article you need for your research. 


Learn more about Interlibrary Loan Services


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Databases A-Z

Databases A-Z

Search over 60 databases that offer 24/7 access to articles, books, and films 


Grossmont Library Databases




Search for books via OneSearch


Collection Questions

Contact:  Julie Middlemas

Borrowing Questions


Streaming Film Databases

Embed streaming films  directly into Canvas.


Films on Demand 

Access to more than 24,000 academic videos and 250,000 segments for topics in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Archival Films, and Health & Medicine.

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How to Embed Films on Demand videos in Canvas


Films and educational documentaries including films from PBS, The Great Courses, and California Newsreel. 

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How to Embed Kanopy films in Canvas


Streaming access to 300 feature films, documentaries, and foreign films including Food Inc, Ordinary People, and Citizen Kane.  


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Academic Video Online

A comprehensive video collection of more than 62,000 titles spanning a wide range of subject areas.


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Contact Jessica Owens to learn about easily embedding videos into Canvas via LTI


Award-winning documentaries that feature rarely heard stories about individuals and communities working towards a more equitable world.




Contact Jessica Owens to learn about easily embedding videos into Canvas via LTI

Physical Media

DVD and VHS collection available for check out at the Circulation Desk


Search for the physical media collection via OneSearch.   

Collection Questions

Contact:  Jessica Owens

Borrowing Questions


Newspapers & Magazines



Access Newspapers 24/7 through our newspaper databases.  Our newspaper databases include access to:


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Browse magazines 24/7 through Flipster.


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LUCI: One-Hour Tutorial

LUCI: One-Hour

Approximately one hour tutorial for students

"LUCI" is an introductory, standalone, one-shot, one-hour library tutorial that includes a comprehensive quiz.

For instructors seeking more flexible, adaptable content, please see the Library Instruction and Information Literacy course shell in Canvas. It includes videos, modules and pages you can add to your Canvas course.

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Students: log into Canvas and select the button "Join this Course."


The tutorial has four sections: Getting Started; Using Research Tools; Evaluating Information Sources; Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism. Each section is 2-3 page long and may contain short videos to watch.

Library Workshops

Library Workshops

Library Workshop Request Form

Request a 75-min. workshop, taught by a librarian and tailored to your class assignment. Topics include information literacy, database searching, understanding scholarly sources, evaluating web content, and more.


Instructor's Evaluation Form

Help improve the quality of Library Instruction by letting us know what worked well for you and your students, and what might be improved.

Canvas Information Literacy Modules

Canvas Information Literacy Modules

Canvas Information Literacy Modules

(This opens a page in Canvas; please login to Canvas to view content)


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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Faculty can embed these short self-guided library instruction videos directly into Canvas.   


Tutorials include:

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Getting started with library research

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Advanced search strategies

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Learn more about Self-Paced Video Tutorials

Research Guides

Research Guides

Research Guides are created by Grossmont Librarians to help guide you through your research and find materials for your topic. 

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Open Education Resources

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities: Retain, Revise, Remix, Reuse, Redistribute.
  • OER are often released under intellectual property licenses (such as, Creative Commons). Some of these licenses allow faculty to freely reuse, remix, revise, and/or redistribute educational materials. 
  • Visit the Grossmont College OER page for information about the College's OER initiative. 

Learn more about OER/ZTC at Grossmont College

Zero Textbook Cost

  • Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) is a label applied to courses in which faculty either use OER, or other freely available resources in place of traditional textbooks or other expensive learning materials. California SB 1359 established the following parameters for what constitutes a ZTC course:
    • All assigned textbooks are optional for the course
    • All assigned textbooks are identified as Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks.
    • Assigned textbooks (including course readers) are available online for free (i.e. through library databases), AND students are not required to buy a physical copy.
  • Other considerations for ZTC courses include:
    • Lab materials or required supplies are not considered a textbook cost. If a course section meets the parameters noted above, but requires a fee for materials then the section would still qualify as ZTC per State guidelines. (Note: a lab manual is considered a textbook and must be available to students at no cost to permit ZTC designation for the class).
    • If students need to pay fees to access a software platform to do coursework or homework, this counts as a cost, and the course section would not qualify as ZTC. 
  • Visit the Grossmont College ZTC page for information about the College's ZTC initiative.
  • Do you think your course should be labeled as ZTC, but have questions? Please contact the OER/ZTC co-coordinators; Lara Braff and Nadra Farina-Hess. They will be happy to assist you.

Low Textbook Cost

  • Fall of 2021 the OER/ZTC work group began the process of defining the price point for what is considered "low" for the cost of a textbook. A survey to help establish this definition will be distributed to all faculty in mid to late fall. 
  • Like the ZTC label, the goal is to collaboratively identify and label classes that offer an affordable option to students.
  • More information will be posted as development occurs. If you have any questions, please contact the OER/ZTC co-coordinators; Lara Braff  and Nadra Farina-Hess.
Scantron Use

Faculty and Teaching Assistants can scan tests on a Datalink 1200 behind the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library

Library Contact by Subject

Library Contact by Subject

The library contacts by subjects are your go to librarians, connecting you to library services and collections.   Contact them to recommend items for library purchase and for program review.


Allied Health & Nursing
Career Technical Education/Workforce Development 
Arts, Languages, and Communication 
English & Social/Behavioral Sciences 
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Exercise Science and Wellness 
Counseling, Student Development and Matriculation



Research Help


For general questions and research help      

For course reserves, library accounts, and renewals

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