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Faculty Services

Whether you are planning for your classes, looking for resources for your own research, or want to suggest something to add to the Library Collections, we encourage you to take advantage of the many services that are available to support you as a Faculty member.

If you are looking for a specific service and don't see it listed below, please contact the Information Desk at (202) 885-3232 for help.


Instructional Support

Information Literacy Instruction

Our librarians can provide tailored instruction sessions and other services to develop students' information literacy and research skills.

Place materials on Course Reserve

Instructors can request reserve materials by using the Library Course Reserves management system (Ares) in Canvas. All reserve materials must adhere to the University's copyright policies.

Course Design

If you are just starting with your course, the CTRL Teaching Consultation Service can help you with the initial planning stages. If you have your course content worked out and need help presenting it in Canvas, contact the instructional designer in your department. If you are already building your course and have Canvas questions, contact Canvas support in the Library.


Research Support

Finding Funding

Databases, books, and websites to help you find grants.

Research Data Management Across the Life Cycle

Information to help you make decisions about data you generate.

Open Access Funding

A pilot project to help researchers pay the article processing charges (APCs) associated with publishing in open access journals.

Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing

The American University Digital Research Archive and other outlets for open scholarship. Tools to help you think strategically about your research impact.


Collection Support

Subject Specialists

Find a librarian with expertise in specific research areas, along with their contact information and office hours.

Purchase Request

Use this form to request books, visual media, music, journals, databases, board games, or datasets to be added to the library's collection.

Journal Request

Submit a request for a new Journal Subscription.

Vendor Trials

A vendor trial is a limited period of free access to an electronic resource. An electronic resource may be a database, an electronic journal or book, or other online library material requiring a subscription to access it. You can find more information about our policies and how to request a trial through the link above.