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For Faculty

Library Services for Faculty


Access & Borrowing

Merritt College faculty have library access and borrowing privileges and are welcome to use the Library’s facilities, resources, and services. A library account is required to borrow library materials and to remotely access databases, ebooks, and other electronic resources off campus. To register for a library account, please send an email to with your 1) full name, 2) Peralta employee ID number, 3) home address, 4) email address, and 5) phone number. You will receive confirmation of your account setup within 48 hours.

 Collection Development

All faculty are encouraged to collaborate with librarians to review existing library collections, to recommend library items for weeding, and to request purchases of library materials relating to their respective disciplines or programs. To schedule a collection development consultation or request a purchase, please contact Nghiem Thai at All requests are evaluated in accordance with the Library’s collection development policy, and acquisition is contingent upon the availability of funds. If approved for purchase, it may take 4-8 weeks for ordering and processing.

Course Reserves

Teaching faculty may place their own copies of textbooks and other course materials (lab manuals, solutions manuals, study guides, etc.) on reserve for students to borrow. Reserve materials may be checked out for two hours at a time for use in the Library only. If you would like to place an item on reserve, please bring it to the Circulation Desk along with a completed Reserve Materials Form. To request that the Library purchase a textbook for the reserve collection or for further information, please contact Christana Forlastro, Senior Library Technician, at

Instruction & Orientation

The library offers LIS 085: Introduction to Information Resources, a 2-unit, online class, which fulfills the general education requirement for computer literacy and is transferable to both CSU and UC. If you would like your students to become information literate and competent researchers, encourage them to take LIS 085. Please contact the instructor, Adoria Williams at, for further information.

Librarians provide general orientations and course- or assignment-specific workshops on library research. Instructors may request orientations for their students by submitting the Orientation Request Form at least two weeks prior to the desired date of the orientation. Confirmation of the date, time, and location of the orientation session shall be e-mailed, once it has been scheduled. For more information, please email