Listed below are essential online library services and resources to help faculty and staff with alternative instruction and research during the campus closure.
(Updated March 17, 2020) — As updated on March 16, 2020 by President Joan Gabel, the University of Minnesota is moving to alternative instruction for all classes through the remainder of spring semester, in response to the challenges of COVID-19.
Course and research materials
Use Libraries search to find hundreds of millions of items, including:
- Books (electronic and print)
- Music, videos, DVDs, and scores
- Maps, archival, and digital collections
- Government documents and research datasets
- Journals, magazines, and newspapers (electronic and print)
Online course reserves
Looking for online textbooks for your courses? A number of textbook publishers are making their content freely available until the end of the spring semester. Please see this message from the U of M Bookstores or contact email@example.com for more information.
Requests for physical materials (print books, DVDs, etc.) and scans from our print collection cannot be filled at this time. Request electronically available items through Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery. We will attempt to fill book requests with e-books. Interlibrary loan requests for physical materials and scans from our print collection will be put on hold.
Suggest a purchase
Do you need an e-book or e-resource for your teaching or research? Please let the Libraries know and we will investigate whether we can add this to our collections.
Library course guides
Use our library course and subject guides — which have recommended resources for a class, relevant online tutorials, and contact information for librarians. Request that a librarian work with you to customize content.
Refer to our up-to-date copyright guide as you shift your course from in person to online.
Research and learning consultations
Make a virtual appointment with our librarians and curators for one-on-one research support.
Request that a librarian or curator meet with your class via Zoom to help students create a plan for their course projects, find research materials, and evaluate information for relevance.
Learn more about our teaching and learning support.
Questions? Need help?
Frequently asked questions
(March 21, 2020) — Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, based on questions raised with library staff last week:
University students, faculty, and staff can use the Libraries' FindIt to access full text for articles they find in Google Scholar. Set your Scholar Preferences. Click the Google Scholar menu in the upper left and select “Settings” (click the gear). Select "Library Links." Type "University of Minnesota" and search. Select "University of Minnesota - FindIt@U of M Twin Cities." Click "Save."
If you use links from our site, you will need to enter your U of M ID which will allow you access to licensed databases. You may save the Libraries' Proxy Bookmarklet to your browser and click on it to reload the page as a U of M affiliate.
3. What do I do if I want to use a chapter from a print book?
- You can request a specific chapter via Interlibrary Loan and we can work to get it from a digital source.
- You may also recommend an e-book or e-resource for the Libraries to purchase.
4. How do I request materials for instruction and research that are not currently available?
- You can request materials via Interlibrary Loan and we will work to get them in a digital format.
- You may also recommend an e-book or e-resource for the Libraries to purchase for timely research and teaching needs.
5. How do I connect to my liaison librarian?
You can contact subject liaison librarians directly via email. They are ready to help you by phone, email, Zoom, or Google Hangout.
6. How can I get assistance with copyright?
Copyright Librarian Nancy Sims has developed updated guidance for shifting your course from in-person to online. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or assistance.