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Resources for Foothill Faculty: Welcome!

This guide describes library resources and services designed to support Foothill College faculty.

Foothill College Library

Semans Library

Until further notice, the library building/area at the Main Campus and at Sunnyvale Center will be closed. All reference services are available online only. Talk to a librarian live by phone or video conference, or ask them a question by email, text or chat.

Online Reference Hours

Summer 2020
Mon – Thur   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri – Sun   Closed

Fall 2020
Mon – Thur   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat & Sun  Closed

The Library is closed during all college holidays and breaks.

Reference Desk
(650) 949-7608

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Circulation & Reserve
(650) 949-7611

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This guide describes library resources and services that are available to faculty at Foothill College. Please use the tabs above to navigate to information regarding our resources and services. We look forward to working with you!

**New**Electronic Reserves Product Demo**New**

As we are settling into the new reality of online teaching, the Library is continuously exploring new ways to provide better services to our students and faculty. Come Fall Quarter 2020, we will be implementing Leganto, a solution to provide direct reading lists via Canvas and elsewhere, in order for students to be able to quickly and effectively locate all materials in one location for your classes. To learn more, please take a look at the following demo that walks-through the Leganto course resource list solution - from the perspective of a faculty member, student, and the library.

What's New

  • Complimentary access to the Harvard Business Review eBook Collection is available until June 26 via the EBSCO E-Books database.
  • Texas Instruments is providing a 6-month free trial version to their online calculator.
  • The Library Support for Online Teaching Guide was developed to provide guidance to faculty on providing online access to course materials and to offer any library instruction you may need during Spring Quarter 2020.
  • Information Literacy Modules in Canvas: import library instruction modules directly into your online course! Please click on the Library Instruction tab for more information.
  • Effective 3/28/18: Due to a reduction in staffing, ILL (borrowing and lending from other libraries) will be suspended until further notice. Please click on the Interlibrary Loan tab for more information.
  • Here are step-by-step instructions for embedding a Films on Demand video in Canvas:
  • Group Study Rooms: the library now has 10 group study rooms. Please visit to reserve a room online.
  • Breakout study spaces: in addition to the Group Study Rooms, there are also 6 breakout spaces where students can work collaboratively.
  • Multimedia Classroom now available: Room 3504 is a 50-seat multimedia classroom equipped with 50 Macs and instructor station. Please contact Denise Perez at to reserve the room.
  • Online Library Instruction Request Form: You may now request a library orientation for your class by using this online form:
  • Reserve Textbook Weekend Lending Program – Extended Loan Period. Please let your students know about the library’s textbook loan program with extended hours for weekend lending -- now from 7:40 a.m. Friday morning until 10 a.m. the following Monday morning. For questions, please contact the Reserves Desk at (650) 949-7611.

The Library has also added the following new resources:

Featured Resources

Swank Digital Campus: provides access to over 25,000 films, documentaries and TV shows. To search the catalog of films and request titles, click on the Swank link on the library home page and then on the Instructor login button in the upper right corner, and you will be prompted to register for an instructor account. Your request(s) will be routed to the library. Please keep in mind that by law we can only license closed-captioned films. With your instructor account you can also obtain links to share with your students and embed films in Canvas.

O'Reilly Safari: the premier on-demand digital library providing over 42068 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users.

Open Education Resources LibGuide: a one-stop shop for information on OER including teaching materials, textbooks, books, and other resources for integrating OER into your courses.

Bestsellers Collection: a changing collection of current best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction books, for your reading pleasure. The books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by author and are located in the Stacks.

The Chronicle of Higher Education