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 Reserves

To put physical materials on reserve: 

  • Submit the Grossmont Library Reserves Intake Form.  
  • Drop off materials at the Circulation Desk. 
  • Short loan periods are temporarily suspended. Spring reserves loans will be due at the end of the semester on June 6, 2022.
  • Instructors must accept the following intake policies:
    • Compliance with copyright regulations is the instructor’s responsibility.
    • Every precaution is taken to protect reserve materials; however, the library is not responsible for instructor’s materials that may be lost, stolen, or damaged.
    • For items shared between two or more courses, the Library has the right to decide the appropriate loan policy.
    • Materials that have not been used for four consecutive semesters will automatically be removed from Reserves.

Please contact Alison Haertjens, Reserves Lead, at with any questions.  

Library Instruction

Library Instruction 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. Note: During Covid-19 closures, these sessions may take place over Zoom.


Learn about our information literacy modules for Canvas

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Modules or individual pages may be imported into your course and adapted to your needs. Librarian-created screencasts are also available in Canvas Studio for you to embed in your own course.


LUCI: One-hour tutorial for students

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


Please view the Library Instruction page to learn more about our offerings.


 Contact emailFelicia Kalker with any questions.


Faculty and staff must fill out the Library Request Form to reserve library materials.  Pick-ups are handled at the Library front desk during library open hours or by appointment.

Available materials:

  • WiFi Hotspots with free service (Employee due date extended to May 31, 2022)
  • Books
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Course Reserves 
  • Interlibrary Loan

Please view the Circulation Services page for more information about borrowing physical materials. 


Please contact Lisa Brlas, Circulation Lead, at with any questions.


Embed or link our streaming films directly into your Canvas course:

  • Films on Demand - large documentary film collection
  • Swank - feature films & popular documentaries
  • Kanopy - request subscription to these films via request form.  
    • Note:  There are changes to Kanopy's subscription model.  If a film’s subscription has lapsed, please contact Jessica Owens or fill out the request form in Kanopy.  We will work to make sure instructors have content available.
  • Nursing Education in Video - nursing & healthcare educational films

Recommend media to support your curriculum, email Jessica Owens

Help guide for embedding library media in Canvas.


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. 

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

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 


Research Help


For general questions and research help      

For course reserves, library accounts, and renewals

chat     24/7 chat email
 phone    (619) 644 - 7361

website icon     Library Circulation Services