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Kennedy Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources



Kennedy Library to Fully Reopen with Updated Hours September 13

  • The library will fully reopen September 13th, 2021
  • Following student input and an analysis of occupancy data, the library has also adjusted its hours for fall
  • The main building and circulation desk will now be open later on Fridays until 9 p.m. and closed on Saturdays
  • Students can check out course reserves and small technology items on Friday evenings and keep them until 10am Sunday morning when the main library reopens
  • Hub24 will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for student use

Hub24 Study Space Open 24/7 June 21

  • The library’s first floor Hub24 study space will open 24/7 starting June 21, 2021.
  • Gender-inclusive restrooms are available. 
  • Printing is available, but computers are not currently available.
  • Printing can only be done from a personal laptop over Wi-FI; to do so you will have to download a printer driver. Payment is via your Polycard; learn how to load money on your Polycard.

Contactless Book Pickup/Delivery for Summer, 2021

  • Kennedy Library-owned and CSU+ materials (excluding physical course reserves) are available through contactless checkout.
  • In-Person Pickup: Allow 1-3 weeks for your request to be processed. You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup. Items will be available for pickup at the following times:
    • Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Off-Campus Delivery (Current students, staff, faculty and emeritus only): Allow 4-6 weeks for requests to be processed and delivered. Items will be shipped via UPS to the address entered when requested. You will receive an email when your item has been shipped. Continental US and Alaska street addresses only. Our apologies, we cannot deliver to Hawaii or international locations. Items can be returned to any CSU campus book drop or shipped using the prepaid UPS return label included in your shipment.
  • Please see below for more information and to request materials.


  • Except for the first floor study space, the Kennedy Library remains closed to the public at this time. 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

Use 24/7 live chat to reach us anytime and from any place! 

24/7 Live Chat Help

   Checking Out Library Materials

Contactless Checkout and Pickup/Delivery

Kennedy Library and CSU+ are now loaning books and other physical materials (excluding Course Reserves) on a limited basis.

In-Person Pickup:

Available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

  1. Request books on OneSearch using your Cal Poly account:  
  2. Receive an email that your items are ready to be picked up. 
  3. Bring your Cal Poly ID/Library Card to the Kennedy Library front entrance on the days/hours listed above. 
  4. Call Library Circulation at 805-756-5760 to notify us of your arrival and to provide your library card information. 
  5. Staff will place your items outside the door. 

Off-Campus Delivery:

  1. Request materials on OneSearch using your Cal Poly account:
  2. Select the delivery option and enter a shipping address. Address must be street address in continental US or Alaska. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery.
  3. Receive an email that your items have been shipped via UPS. 
  4. Return materials to CSU campus bookdrops or ship using the prepaid UPS return label provided.

Please contact Access Services at with questions.

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:

Log In to your Library Account

   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. 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, data, and streaming media. 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. The E-Books Guide below 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

The library subscribes to several streaming video databases, and users can view streaming content from these databases when they are logged into the Cal Poly portal.


Academic Video Online

Films on Demand Feature Films for Education

BBC Shakespeare Plays


Commercial or ad-supported streaming services

If instructors can't find the video they need in one of the library resources above, they 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

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.

Submit Course Reserves  

   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 CSU+ and 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.

Submit a request online:

Interlibrary Loan 

Or you can email: