Communications and news

Quarterly Updates

The Robert E. Kennedy Library updates are provided every academic quarter.


Read stories on Kennedy Library’s blog, OutLoud.

Faculty Guide

We work together to connect you with technology, resources, and people
Download the 2016-17 Faculty Guide: Getting Connected


Administrative Reports
Administrative Reports
Kennedy Library’s annual reports from library administration, and other administrative reports, can all be found on DigitalCommons@CalPoly.
Annual Publications
2016 Annual Report
In 2015-16, $500,000 in student success fees to the library that allowed us to move forward with some exceptional building transformations. Read about these and other highlights in the 2015-16 report.
2015 Annual Publication
In July 2015, Kennedy Library joined Cal Poly’s division of Academic Programs and Planning, reflecting an emerging vision of the library as an important academic partner in powering student learning and faculty achievement. Read about highlights in 2014-2015.
2013 Annual Publication
The Information Services annual publication is for friends of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Information Technology Services and Robert E. Kennedy Library. Our highlights include the launching of our new Data Studio, website and blog, as well as recognition of outstanding programs and students.
2011-2012 Annual Publication
Read stories and see media from happenings at the library. This edition includes an interview with Director of Library Information Technology Dale Kohler, who gives an overview of how student feedback has changed the library.
2010-2011 Annual Publication
Kennedy Library celebrates 30 years on the Cal Poly campus. We also take a look at new directions: from the new Leadership Council to new Student Advisory Council; from LibRATS to OLLI at Cal Poly; from Learn by Doing to funds for the future.
2009-2010 Annual Publication
This Annual Publication celebrates the legacy of Dr. Robert E. Kennedy and his wife, Mary. Photos and stories of library events and happenings.
2008-2009 First Annual Publication
2008 was an amazing year for Kennedy Library. We put together our first-annual publication filled with stories and photos highlighting some of our big events.
Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan, 2015-2022
A multi-year plan, organized around outcomes for our community, that identifies 5-10 major projects, mapped against a timeline of 5-7 years, and guided by our ‘system of action’ – the activities and outcomes we want our community to experience.
Cal Poly: The First Hundred Years
On March 8, 2001, Cal Poly’s 100th birthday, Kennedy Library released Cal Poly: The First Hundred Years. The rich holdings of Kennedy Library’s University Archives have been captured in the first published history of the university, featuring more than 250 illustrations that include vintage black-and-white photos, aerials of the campus from May of 2000, and colorful ephemera such as yearbooks and sports programs.
Communications handbooks

Communications Handbook

Kennedy Library Communications
An internal communications handbook that we share as a possible framework for other academic libraries, especially those who have several students and staff contributing to a library’s social media.

Web Communications Handbook

Kennedy Library Web Communications
An internal web communications handbook and “simple guide to good web content”. We would like to share this as a possible framework for other academic libraries and higher education institutions.
Faculty Updates

Find an archive of monthly faculty updates (12/14 to 05/15) on DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

For current updates, please visit Robert E. Kennedy Library updates.


Our website got a new look and feel with a more intuitive structure that makes it easier to find what you need.
It’s also compatible with any display, from your smart phone to a lecture-hall projector. Connect with us from anywhere!

Features and functionality

Intuitive structure

The site is not just more appealing, it’s also more functional.
The goal of our  completely new navigation is to make the site simpler and more consistent.

Search everything

One search box means you can search books, articles, and information at once, and see the results you need in one place.

Responsive design

Our new website is responsive, and adapts to all types of displays and browsers.
Try the new touch-friendly mobile navigation menu!

Real-time features

The website also features a color-coded, real-time display of open hours on every page. The color changes depending on whether the library is open or closed.
Our library chat is now more prominent on all pages and also changes color, so it’s easy to know when chat help is available.

Event calendar

Never miss an event or exhibit at the library. The new calendar of library events enables visitors to add events to their Google calendar.


We did studies to develop a user-centric layout and intuitive language, enabling everyone to access information quicker.

More on social media

We share podcasts and videos that feature faculty, students, Special Collections and more.
Join in from the website to be part of the community.

Feedback button

Your suggestions help us to continuously improve our website.
An accessible feedback button allows you to say what you think. We want to know!