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Kennedy Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources




  • Kennedy Library is closed to the public until further notice. For technology assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 805.756.7000. For access to technology, please go to the ITS Tech Rentals page or call 805.756.7000.

Computer Lab Access

Campus Updates

   Get Online Help 24/7

Need to reach us from off-campus?  Use 24/7 live chat help! 

24/7 Live Chat Help

   Access Library Resources From Home or Anywhere

Cal Poly students, faculty and staff can easily access our databases and other electronic resources from off-campus. Sign in to My Account using your Cal Poly User ID and password (the same ID and password you use to log into portal.)

For more information, see Off-Campus Access.

Tech checkout in Hub24 is closed for the spring quarter. Students in need of technology should go to the ITS Tech Rentals page or call 805.756.7000.
Need assistance with technology? Contact the ITS Service Desk at 805-756-7000.


Off-Campus Access   Contact ITS

    Online Research Tools, Databases, and E-Books

Kennedy Library has access to digital materials - articles, books, statistics, video and more - available to you remotely.  Be sure to log into your mycalpoly portal to get full access to subscribed resources. Librarians have also created subject, course, and topic guides to help you navigate through the research process. Use OneSearch to find e-books, journal articles, streaming audio or video, and other online resources. We have hundreds of databases that provide access to full-text articles, videos, and more!

Research Guides  


Online Databases   

COVID-19 Limited-Time Access Resource List

Special Collections and Archives


Kennedy Library provides access to more than 600,000 e-books in all disciplines. All are discoverable in OneSearch.
Not all e-books are created equal. Some e-books, for example, can only be viewed by 3 users at a time but the majority of e-books have minimal restrictions. In this environment it might provide most value to your students to assign e-books so they can read them remotely. The link here describes how to identify e-books to which we have access, and to see the terms of use for that item.

E-Books Guide   

Streaming Video

Subscription resources

This might be a good time to explore video content as you abruptly move instruction online. The library subscribes to several streaming video databases, and students will be able to view items from these three databases anywhere when they are logged into the Cal Poly portal.


Academic Video Online

Films on Demand Feature Films for Education

BBC Shakespeare Plays


Students, staff, and faculty can now view all Kanopy content unrestricted, on and off campus 24/7, through Spring Quarter.


Temporary access

The library has received complimentary access to the Films on Demand master collections until the end of Spring Quarter.  This collection offers thousands of academic videos as well as documentaries and archival footage.

Films on Demand

Commercial or ad-supported streaming services

If you can't find the video you need in one of the library services above, you can search for additional streaming options at and  This will help determine if the video content is site exclusive (e.g. Netflix, PrimeVideo, or HBO), or if it is available on an ad-supported or low-cost rental platform (e.g. Vudu, Google Play or YouTube).  NOTE:  The library cannot pay rental costs on commercial services. Ad-supported and free platforms vary in quality and reliability--always preview the entire film yourself before linking it to your students.



   Online Library Tutorials for Students

Kennedy Library is prepared to support you in the case that you may be teaching from a distance.

We have online tutorials, videos, and guides that provide students with instruction on library research strategies and tools.

Research 101 Tutorials and Videos 

Finding Data Tutorial 

Research and Course Guides 

  Course Reserves

Kennedy Library is prepared to support you in the case that you may be learning from a distance. Course Reserves is working hard to link ebooks and other digital content the library already owns to existing courses in the Course Reserves Search.  To request library-owned digital materials be placed on reserve, please submit a Reserves Request Form.  Email questions to, or contact Caleb Nichols, Course Reserves Coodinator, at (805) 756-6040. 

Accessing Course Reserves and Materials

You can search for course reserves and materials by course number (ie COMS 101) or instructor name

Search Course Reserves

Requesting Reserves for Faculty

  • The Library can assist you in providing online materials to your students in multiple forms.
    • If you'd like to request an ebook or other digital item that the library owns be placed on reserve, please submit a reserves request.  Requesting items early with help guarantee their availability for students at the beginning of the quarter.
    • If you'd like to request that the library purchase an ebook or other digital resource for reserves, please submit a reserves request, and add "request to purchase" in the "special instructions" box.  Please also include number of sections and seats.
    • Unfortunately, due to the County shelter in place order, we cannot scan print items for faculty.

Submit Course Reserves  

   Checked Out Library Materials

Kennedy Library is not loaning any books or other physical materials (including Course Reserves) until further notice. Books and other physical materials checked out to you will be renewed automatically. There will be no late fees or fines for any overdue items at this time. You may return books and other physical materials (including CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan) to the book drops located in front of the library or in parking lot H10.

  • Please contact Access Services at with any questions about your checked out items.
  • Please contact Interlibrary Services at with any questions about CSU+ or Interlibrary Loan.

To review your checked out library materials:

  • Go to My Account, and Log in to review your borrowed items  
  • You may also want to check on your Interlibrary Loan items here: Interlibrary Loan
  • Contact Access Services about your checkouts by email:
  • Return print materials to the Bookdrops located in front of the library or parking lot H10.

Log In to your Library Account

   Don't See Online Access or Full Text?  Interlibrary loan options may be available

To get full access to all your options, be sure to log into your Cal Poly portal and OneSearch. When you find an item listed that does not have full text, click on Get It at Cal Poly. This will lead you to options for articles, book chapters, and other materials from other libraries, and the forms will prefill for you. If none of this works, and you have a complete citation for an item, fill out a request form at ILL, found in the link below. Materials that have already arrived but not yet been picked up will be held.

The library cannot supply physical materials at this time, so some requests may not be fulfilled.

Submit a request online:

Interlibrary Loan 

Or you can also email: