The Libraries have a number of ways to help instructors deliver course materials to their students including course reserves, E-text(s), articles, media, open education resources and more.
Course materials options
Course reserves are instructor-selected materials made available to students through the Libraries free-of-charge.
The copyright permissions service assists faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota in acquiring permissions to use copyrighted items in their scholarship, course websites, coursepacks, Libraries Course Reserve, and other University-related purposes.
Request that the Libraries purchase a multi-use e-text title, if available, for your course.
The University Libraries offers a number of ways to integrate library resources and services into Canvas. Using library resources in your Canvas course site saves students from paying for materials the Libraries already have available, and it ensures all students have access to the desired material.
Open textbooks and open education resources
Find freely available and openly licensed open textbooks and open educational resources for your course.
- See the list of University Libraries Publishing Services open textbooks.
- Visit the Open Textbook Library for a curated list of open textbooks from around the world.
Course content consultation
Collaborate with the Libraries to find customized course content and materials already purchased through the University Libraries. The Libraries has access to thousands of full-text databases, journals, and e-books that can easily be added to your course environment. Use library content to save students money.
Write and publish an open textbook
Request information from Libraries' publishing staff on technology and production support for faculty and instructors interested in writing and publishing an open textbook.
Pressbooks is simple self-service book production software. You can use Pressbooks to publish textbooks, syllabi, modules, and other course materials in multiple formats. You already have access to this tool by logging in with your U of M Internet ID and password.
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