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Resources for Faculty & Staff

The Cheng Library supports the scholarly activities of faculty and staff by providing resources and services that meet your information needs. We value your participation in the development of Library collections and services and we welcome opportunities to work with you. Please call us at 973-720-2116 if you have any questions about our services and resources.

Lending Services

Faculty and staff may borrow materials (up to 30 items) upon presentation of a valid University I.D. card. Most print books may be borrowed for one semester. Visit the Lending Services page for full details on borrowing materials and other services.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves is a temporary collection of books, journal articles, CDs, videos, sample examinations and other print and electronic materials set aside at a professor's request for the non-commercial and educational use by students.

While we are happy to accept faculty copies of textbooks for Course Reserves, the Library does not purchase these items for the collection.

Faculty copies of material may be placed on reserve and items should be received by the established submission deadlines. Visit the Course Reserve page for full details, or send a list of materials for your course using the online Reserve Submission form or a printable Reserve Submission form.

Library Instruction

The David & Lorraine Cheng Library is a leader in information literacy training for William Paterson University. From providing course-related instruction and custom workshops, to the creation of online resources and virtual instruction, we seek to meet the information needs of students at all research levels.

Upon request, librarians can customize sessions to meet the needs of a specific assignment or provide an overview of library resources relevant to your discipline. Sessions are primarily held in the Library’s 22-computer instruction classroom, offering hands on experience with library resources. If your class meets in a computer lab or a smart classroom, arrangements can also be made to have a librarian visit your class and provide instruction.

We also offer support for online and hybrid courses, through virtual instruction sessions, on demand video help, and the creation of video Tutorials.

If you would like to schedule a session or are interested in virtual instruction alternatives, you may submit an Instruction Request Form or contact Leah Zamora (; 973-720-2663) for assistance.

If you have any further questions about library instruction, or are interested in learning more, please contact one of our Coordinators of User Education, Cara Berg (; 973-720-3189) or Tony Joachim (; 973-720-3665).

Interlibrary Loan/Article Copy Service

The purpose of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is to obtain, whenever possible, materials not available in the Cheng Library collection, for the educational and research needs of the University community. This may include, but is not limited to, books, journal articles, documents, and audio-visual materials. Visit the Interlibrary Loan Policy page for full details.

Copies of book chapters or articles in print or microform may also be requested through the Interlibrary Loan portal using the New Copy Request link. View our tutorial to get started using this service.

Liaison Program

The Cheng Library has a long-standing tradition of providing librarian liaisons to each of the University's academic departments. In turn, each department selects one of its faculty to serve as a liaison to the Library. The purpose of this program is to ensure coordination of faculty requests for new library materials and effective communication channels between the Library and the faculty. Find the librarian assigned to your department for the purpose of collection development or instruction, view the full Library Liaison Directory.

Support for Faculty Open Access Publishing

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Cheng Library, administers program to support faculty publication in Open Access journals. Please see this application form for more details.

If you have questions about the program or anything on the application form, please contact Richard Kearney at the Cheng Library (973-720-2165 or

As we continue to explore means to support Open-Access publication and other modes of scholarly publication effectively, we will seek feedback on the success of this model.

Best wishes for success in your scholarly pursuits.

Annual Author Showcase & Reception

Each year, the Cheng Library solicits substantial work, including media, created by the members of the William Paterson community that has been commercially published within the past two years. View the criteria for inclusion here.

To see previous Author Reception publications, visit our Author Reception page.

Request/Suggest Library Materials

We will accept requests for books and other media to be obtained and added to the collection. Provide as much information as possible about the title you are requesting. All requests will be reviewed by the Acquisitions Department and by Librarian Selectors. Materials are acquired by the library based on availability of funds, and pertinence to the collection and the University curriculum. You will be notified by email when the material requested becomes available. Please contact the Acquisitions Department at 973-720-2160 if you have further questions.

To request or suggest materials for our collection, please complete the appropriate form:

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the Cheng Library's services or resources. Reach us by phone at 973-720-2116 or email us at