For faculty



Books: Each department has a budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1. Book orders can be made online through CHOICE Reviews Online, or on CHOICE cards sent to departments. Book order cards may be requested from the library. Print known information on the order card, including the ISBN, have it signed by your department chair and return it to the library. If you need an item ordered immediately, write “rush” on the top of the card. CHOICE cards themselves may be sent back as order cards; put signatures at the top of the card. We do not usually order textbooks or multiple copies.

Serials: All recommendations for additions or deletions of periodicals, newspapers, and annuals should be forwarded to the college librarian with the department chair’s approval. Decisions are made by mid-August for the following calendar year. Since serials commit funds for several years, selection depends on several factors: Is it available online? Is it indexed in a resource available at Dunn Library? Is it useful to undergraduates? An annual departmental review of Journals A-Z is a good starting point for recommending additions and deletions. Department chairs receive a listing of periodicals ordered by their department with the cost of each journal every spring.

DVDs: DVDs may be purchased from book funds. Items over $99 may be paid from a video fund; submit your request on a DVD Purchase form.

  • Films on Demand Master Academic Collection includes videos from Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware. Provides unlimited, instant access to programs in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine and Archival Films & Newsreels. These videos can be used for classroom teaching, research, presentations and educational multimedia projects as well links from course management systems.


New Titles @Dunn: Monthly listing of new library materials, listed in Dewey call number order.  Faculty will also receive this list via email with selectors noted.

Checking out materials

Present your Simpson ID each time you check out materials. Books may be checked out for six months; all items must be returned for renewal. Other material loan periods are available.  A reminder of all outstanding material will be sent. Most reference items may be checked out for brief periods and periodicals for one week.

Books and scores

  • Rolling 6 month check-out.
  • Receive email notice to return items or renew them for an additional month.  Renewals may be made online.
  • Receive email notice to return items; must return items to library after seven months for verification.
  • Items may be checked-out again if needed.

Non-responders (have received two emails to date)

  • Staff will check for items in stacks and then call you.
  • If no response, a letter is sent to you with replacement cost of items; copied to department head (or division head if non-responder is department head).
  • If still no response, bill sent to faculty; copied to academic dean.
  • Non-returned items must be paid for by faculty and not from departmental library funds.

Consulting Librarians

Dunn Library has established a consulting librarians program to strengthen the connections between departmental offerings and library resources.

Display case

The wall case is available for displays of student works or special projects. Contact the college librarian.


We have DVDs for classroom use. They are listed in the online catalog and are located in the reference area. Faculty may check out DVDs for a two week period. Faculty may also put DVDs on reserve for viewing in the library.

Video borrowing requests should be sent to Interlibrary Loan one month before the requested viewing date to ensure availability. Items obtained from a few sources are free; rental costs for items from university or commercial vendors will be charged to the requesting department’s supply lines.

Faculty Development Resources

Research by Topic – Faculty Development  Provides access to the Faculty Development Collection, databases, online journals, and websites.

Instructional services

Class demonstrations on effective searching in our online catalog or any of our other databases are available through the User Education Librarian.

  • Information Literacy (IL) – An embedded skill in Simpson College General Education curriculum, resources to help create and revise current assignments and projects and address the relationship of Information Literacy to life-long learning.


Faculty may use the copier by using their departmental code (five digit number) prior to making copies.


Items to be read for specific classes may be put on reserve (under your name and class) at the circulation desk. Items for use by a few students or independent study should not be put on reserve. Fill out an online faculty reserve form (also available at the circulation desk). Library materials (books, photocopies of articles, DVDs, CDs) may be put on reserve along with your personal items for a semester. You may choose from the following reserve statuses for each item: two hour closed (library use only); two hour open (overnight use); three day (open). Copyright laws prohibit excessive use of photocopies for reserve readings. A maximum of three copies per article will be put on reserve for large classes; usually one copy will suffice. Please allow two working days after submitting your form with the materials before requesting students to use these items. Reserve items are listed as such in the online catalog.