Listed below are essential online library services and resources to help graduate students with alternative instruction, learning, and research during the campus closure.

As updated on March 16, 2020 by President Joan Gabel and in response to the challenges of COVID-19, all library buildings are closed indefinitely. This means:
  • All libraries are closed. There is no access to physical books or materials.
  • Do you have books checked out? You can keep your materials, even if they are overdue. We have extended due dates and we are not charging fines! This includes interlibrary loans.
  • We have turned off the monthly emails that list the items you have checked out, go to My Account for more information or Contact us if you have specific questions.

The Libraries website, staff, services, and resources are here to help you. As a graduate student, you may have many roles as a student, a researcher, and as an instructor. Here are some of our online services to help.

Find resources for research papers and projects

Use Libraries search to find hundreds of millions of items, including:

  • books (electronic and print),
  • articles,
  • music, videos, DVDs, and scores,
  • maps, archival, and digital collections,
  • government documents and research datasets, and
  • journals, magazines, and newspapers (electronic and print).

Emergency full-text access to millions of books from our print collection is temporarily available online! Look for the HathiTrust link in search results. More about accessing online books.

Request it

Request electronically available items through Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery. We will attempt to fill book requests with e-books.

Requests for physical materials (i.e. print books, DVDs, etc.), 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? Let the Libraries know and we will investigate if we can add it to our collections.

Course materials and online course reserves

We have millions of online articles, book chapters, ebooks and even streaming videos to support and supplement your course. Use Libraries search to start, or ask for help finding course content.

Digital reserve and course packs are embedded in Canvas course sites through the Library Course Page.  Learn more about your options at online reserve information for instructors.

Library course guides

Use our library course and subject guides to get recommended resources for classes, relevant online tutorials, and contact information for librarians. Request a librarian to work with you to create or customize course guide content.

Copyright help

Refer to our up-to-date copyright guide as you shift your course from in person to online.

Virtual consultations

Meet with a librarian for research or media help!

Make a virtual appointment with our librarians and curators for one-on-one research support. Fill out the request form and we will work with you to set up a time to meet online.

Need help creating or editing a video? Facilitating a group video project over Zoom? Schedule an appointment with a library media specialist.

For questions or help

Quick help is available by email, or 24/7 chat. Actual librarians are available to help you, day or night!

Frequently asked questions

I’m off campus and don’t have my textbook and/or course materials with me. What can I do?

Let your instructor know. They can work with us to get a solution for the entire class.

Also, check the Libraries website to see if we have it online already. If not, you can request a specific chapter or reading and we can work to get it.

You can also chat with a librarian 24/7 or email us for more specific options to support you based on your situation.

How do I access online articles when off campus?

You should be able to get to most articles directly from:

If you are having trouble getting to full text, send us an email and we can help.

Tip: If you use Google Scholar, be sure you connect to the full text of articles from U Libraries.

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