Notice: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Facing History and Ourselves library service has been impacted. The Facing History lending library is currently unable to fulfill orders. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We look forward to restoring service as soon as we are safely able to do so.

In the meantime, we have a lot of great digital content and hundreds of streaming educational videos. Please email us at [email protected] if you need recommendations for specific material.

Lending Library FAQ

Who is eligible to borrow from the Facing History Library?

We offer loans of library resources, free of charge, to individuals in the United States or Canada who have completed one of Facing History’s face-to face or online professional development workshops, seminars or courses. Each teacher borrows under his or her own name, not through their school or institution. Not sure if you qualify? Please contact the library at [email protected].

Does it cost anything to borrow from the library?

No, loans of materials from the library are provided free of charge. However, we do require all individuals wishing to use the library to submit a credit card number (a school or institutional credit card may be used) through our secure server, as a form of deposit. The credit card would be used to charge replacement costs for any materials that are damaged or not returned within 30 days of the due date.

How do I borrow from the library?

Individuals must submit borrowing requests through Facing History’s Books and Borrowing page. After successfully submitting a request, the individual will receive a confirmation email, as well as an email indicating when materials have been checked out to them.

What do I do if I cannot find the DVD or book I need?

If you are unable to find the item you need when you search by title, try a keyword search. For example, you will not find the DVD about the Milgram Experiment under “M” because the title is “Obedience.” However, if you do a keyword search for “Milgram,” your results will include “Obedience.” 

What is the shipping time for resources after they are sent out to me?

Most resources should be received within a week after being checked out to you.

How long can I keep the resources that I borrow?

All DVDs circulate for a period of three weeks. Class sets of books circulate for four weeks. If you need to keep your resources for a longer period of time, please email [email protected] to renew them.

How many resources can I borrow at one time?

You may borrow up to five DVDs and 150 books at one time.

How do I return library materials?

You will receive a prepaid return mailing label with your library materials. Please place this label on a secured box or padded envelope and drop it off at your local post office.

How far in advance do I need to request materials?

We recommend that borrowers request materials 1-2 weeks in advance of the desired date of receipt. This guarantees you receive the resources you need on time.

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