Faculty Support


  • Basic Library Instruction: Recommended for Study Skills, LIT DORI classes, Developmental Reading, and other classes looking for a basic orientation with or without a library research assignment.
  • Research Only Session: Librarians will assist the class with their research.
  • Single Topic Workshops: Librarians focus on teaching a specific skillset to a class. Examples include:
    • Identifying quality sources
    • Identifying popular sources versus scholarly sources
    • Evaluating websites
  • Embedded Librarian: Add a reference librarian to your class to assist as a teaching assistant.

To schedule a class, please fill out the Library Instruction Request Form or contact Michael Saar, the Interim Instruction and Assessment Coordinator by phone at (409) 880-2135 or email michael.saar@lamar.edu.


The library enables instructors to submit articles and other class materials (books, videos, sample tests, etc.) to be placed on reserve in the library so that students can access the information at their convenience.

To request that an item be placed on reserve or e-reserve, please fill out the Faculty Reserve Request Form.

Research and Creative Activity

  • Online Guides: The library has created a collection of online guides to assist with research in a variety of subject areas including, for example, Nursing. More specific guides can be created for use by individual classes at the request of an instructor. 
  • Tutorial Videos: The library has developed online tutorial videos for the LU and LIT campuses. Examples of our tutorial videos include: Finding Articles, Finding Books, Finding E-books, Reading Call Numbers, Accessing Databases, Creating Citations,... We can create new videos, including embedded quizzes, upon the request of an instructor.
  • Reference Librarians: Reference librarians are available for one-on-one consultation with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan will borrow materials from other libraries if the items are not available at the Mary and John Gray Library. More information can be found on the Interlibrary Loan webpage.

Service Highlights

  • Materials: The library provides databases and thousands of print and electronic journals and books. The library is also a repository for state and federal government documents.
  • Archival Projects: The library maintains university records and presidential papers and develops special collections. The library procured a TexShare grant in 2014 to digitize back issues of the Lamar University newspaper.
  • Grants: Our acquisitions department will, upon request, aid in the selection and pricing of grant-funded materials.
  • Events: The library hosts author visits and functions, such as therapy dogs, throughout the year.