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Faculty Services

This page lists a variety of library services for faculty, such as instruction requests, purchase requests, and individual consultations.

Library Catalog, Databases, and Book Collection

Information resources for research

Kirkwood Library Services has over 40,000 books, close to 200,000 eBooks, and thousands of academic magazines and journals available to students, faculty, and staff, both on and off campus. The library's homepage is the starting point for all information searches.

You may also request delivery of books and other physical materials with the Library search (WorldCat Discovery), located on the Library's homepage,

Information resources for faculty use

Library Services also subscribes to content especially for faculty use, with journal articles and eBooks focused on supporting educational planning, curriculum, online teaching, and many more topics especially relevant to educators.

Purchase Request

If the Library doesn't already own or subscribe to the materials you or your students need, please fill out a Purchase Request form, or request the materials through Interlibrary Loan

Purchase Request Form

Placing holds & Campus mail delivery

The Library has a wealth of information resources available to our users through our Library Search (WorldCat Discover) and information databases.

You can also search for books and DVDs held by the library and have those items delivered to your campus mail box. 

The "Place Hold" function in the Library Search will place a hold on items that are already checked out, or will request delivery from Kirkwood library to any Kirkwood center. See detailed instructions below.

In addition, the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service delivers books from libraries around the country to the Kirkwood library for student or employee checkout. See links and directions below.

Videos & Films for Classroom or Talon Use

To search for available videos & films:

  • Search for DVDs and streaming video in the Library Catalog (WorldCat). Enter a specific title or a subject in the WorldCat search, then use the "video" limit to view available DVDs and streaming videos.
  • Search directly in Films on Demand or Kanopy databases for streaming video only.
  • Most Library DVDs are in Kirkwood's VOD (Video on Demand) system, which means they can be added to your Talon course as a streaming video that students can watch at any time through your course content. To embed in your Talon course, contact Scott Stiffler at Kirkwood's Technology Services for the URL. It can then be added like any link to your Talon course content.
  • To request that the Library purchase a video we don't currently own, please fill out our online request form

To add a video from Films on Demand or Kanopy into Talon:

  • Locate the video you want to insert into Talon by searching the  Library Catalog (WorldCat) or by searching Films on Demand or Kanopy directly.
  • For Films on Demand: Click on the "Share" function just below the video, then click "Embed/Link". Copy and paste the URL or embed code to add to your Talon Course Content the way you add any link.
  • For Kanopy: Copy the link to the video by using the "Share" button. Paste it into the URL in your Talon Course Content where you want it to appear.


New York Times website access directions

All Kirkwood students and employees may access the New York Times (NYT) website by creating their own account. The account must be created while using a Kirkwood computer, but the site may then be accessed from anywhere by logging in with your own account.

1. Start from this special NYT page for institutional subscribers:

2. Follow the steps to create your profile. You must use your Kirkwood email address, then a password of your choosing. Click "Create Account".

3. You will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link provided and your registration is complete.

4. The education pass access is good for one year. When that year is up you click on the above "edupass" link, make sure you are logged in with your Kirkwood email account, and re-verify that you are still a Kirkwood employee or student. You'll again need to go to your Kirkwood email and click on the confirmation link given.

Chronicle of Higher Education website access

Kirkwood Library Services has an institutional subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education website. 

If you are on campus, you should have full access to the Chronicle website ( If you don't, please contact a librarian.

If you want to access the Chronicle from off campus, you first need to create an account for yourself. Follow these steps to authenticate using a Kirkwood email address:

1. From the Chronicle website, click on "Log in" in the upper right corner of the page.

2. Click "Create Account", and follow the instructions to fill in your name and email address. You must use your Kirkwood email address. Note that you can de-select the options to subscribe to email newsletters.

3. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account. Once you follow this link you will be asked to create a password. 

You now should have the same access from any device or location by logging in with your email and password. If you have any problems with this, please contact a librarian.

Wall Street Journal website access

Kirkwood Library Services has a college-wide subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. Each user who wants to access the Wall Street Journal must create their own account, using their Kirkwood email. Follow the directions below to get your account started:

  1. Follow this URL to connect your account to Kirkwood's subscrption:
  2. Fill out the form to register your email and create a password. Note that you must use an email ending with or Create a password of your choosing.
  3. You may opt out of receiving email updates, however you do need to select the 2nd box that you agree to conditions.
  4. Individual accounts are good for a year, then must be reactivated using the same link given above.

If you have any problems creating or renewing an account, contact a librarian (see Ask a Librarian on this page) or contact the Wall Street Journal at 1-800-JOURNAL.

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