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Columbiana Campus Libraries: Information for Faculty

This guide will introduce you to the library's services and resources.

How to Schedule Equipment for the Classroom

Most of the classrooms are equipped with Audio Visual (AV) and computer equipment.  Follow the link to see maps of all classrooms and their permanent equipment.

To request equipment that is not permanently housed in a classroom, follow these instructions:

Preferred Method:  Email your requests to   In East Liverpool you may also use State the equipment needed, date and time of class, room number, and name of campus building.  Clarify if the request is for semester long use or specific dates (provide dates).  This email goes to all staff members that coordinate equipment use.

Alternate Method:  East Liverpool: Call 77401 for equipment requests in Purinton Hall or 77477 for the Mary Patterson Building. 
Salem: Call 74213.
If you leave a message, be sure you include all the information listed above.

Book early.  Same day requests cannot be guaranteed.

Virtual Reality Classroom (Salem)

To request the use of the Virtual Reality Classroom, please fill out and submit this Qualtrics survey.


If you have any questions about requesting the Virtual Reality Classroom using the above form, please contact Rachael Esterly.

How to Suggest a Purchase for the Collection

The library purchases materials that support the curriculum and the research needs of students.  To request a purchase, provide bibliographic information to the Library Director.

The Library uses the Yankee Book Peddler to purchase titles.  YBP sends publication announcements via email to the Library.  Faculty are often asked to review these announcements and suggest purchases.

How to Get Library Instruction for your Students

Please click this link and use the form to request library instruction

Librarians provide research instruction to help students develop research skills and locate the information they need. Library instruction is designed to match the requirements of the assignment.   

Contact Maegan Richards ( or 330-337-4211)  to make an appointment for a class visit and to discuss the instruction session.  Please give two weeks' advance notice.

OR complete the online form above.

 Sample topics covered in instruction sessions include:

  • Developing research strategies
  • Using advanced databases
  • Distinguishing popular and scholarly resources
  • Evaluating search results (databases and the Web)
  • Reading research articles
  • Understanding the literature of a discipline
  • Managing citations
  • Understanding information ethics such as plagiarism and copyright

How to Get Help with Your Research

Let us help you...

  • access and use research databases in your field
  • use interlibrary loan to get hard-to-find resources
  • find citation figures and analytics for your publications
  • use RefWorks to manage your citations

Contact Wendy Adkins (East Liverpool) or Maegan Richards (Salem) for any of your research needs.

Streaming Videos

The OhioLink Digital Resource Commons has downloadable audio, image, and video files.

Use this Video Sources LibGuide to access licensed steaming videos available to Kent students and faculty.

How to Place Materials on Reserve

High usage materials may be placed on reserve to ensure equitable use by students. Reserve materials may be online or housed at the library's circulation desk.

For online reserves:  Use the UL Personal Login This is a link to another web site to access the online request system to put materials in ERes, the online reserve system.

For print reserves:  Bring the reserve materials to the library and complete a reserve form.  Form requires instructor's name, course number, course name, and type of reserve (2 hour closed use in library or 3 day off-campus loan).  Print materials may be your own personal copies or materials from the library's collection.

Reserve materials will be removed and returned to instructor (or shelf) the week before finals (unless requested otherwise by the instructor)

How to Get More Help

There are lots of ways to get assistance!

By phone: 330-382-7401 (East Liverpool) or 330-337-4213 (Salem);

By text: Text us at 66746. Start your question with KENT
Example: kent what are the library hours on saturdays?

By email;

By IM:  Look for the floating "Ask Us" tab located on most webpages . 

Need more help? Schedule a research appointment for more in-depth help.