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COVID-19 Update

Though our library buildings are reopening, we know that many students and faculty will be attending classes and teaching remotely this fall. You can still get research help from librarians via Zoom and chat. Faculty teaching online can schedule library class visits and get help with adding course materials to Canvas.

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Last updated August 4, 2020

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Online collections

Ebooks and journals

Our online collections include access to thousands of ebooks and journal articles, available through Library Search and our databases.

Visit our Ebooks Research Guide to learn more about searching and using ebooks.

Streaming video 

We provide access to streaming video content. Visit our Streaming Video guide to learn more.

Digital special collections

Our digital special collections offer access to the unique primary historical and cultural resources held by the Libraries and to selected scholarly works and other publications produced at Temple. 

We also encourage you to explore PA Digital, Pennsylvania’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and its collection of primary source sets

Temporary expanded access 

Access to digital materials provided through HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service ended when we reopened our buildings on Monday, August 3.

Remote research support 

Meet with a librarian

Librarians are available to assist with research questions and assignments. Librarian appointments will be held as online meetings. Go to our online appointment scheduler to pick a date and time that works for you. Librarians are also available to assist via chat and email.

Library staff monitor chat during these hours.

You can also email your subject librarian directly.

Access collections 

When we reopen on August 3, book borrowing and returns will resume. For more on access to our physical collections, see our Visit in person page.

Digital copies of journal articles and book chapters

You can find thousands of online journals, books, and other digital materials in Library Search. In addition, we can request digital copies of journal articles and book chapters from other libraries through ILLiad

Our library staff can help you find a digital copy of a physical item in the library's collection. If you only need specific chapters from a book, or a single journal article, submit an ILLiad request. For help finding a digital copy of a complete book, video, or other item in our collection, find the item in Library Search and follow the options under “How to get this”. We’ll do our best to find a digital copy, or we’ll suggest an alternative for you to consider.

Google Scholar 

To access journal articles through Google Scholar, follow our instructions to automatically connect Google Scholar search results to Temple’s licensed digital content. You do need to be signed into your Temple account to download full article PDFs. If you are signed into your Temple email, that sign-on will already be in place when you access Google Scholar.

Remote faculty support 

We’re here to support you as you teach remotely.

Librarian class visits

Library instruction will take place online, either synchronously through Zoom or asynchronously. Asynchronous instruction can include pre-recorded lectures, interactive tutorials, demonstrations via screen recording, information literacy assignments, and more. Please contact your liaison librarian to arrange for instruction, or use our general instruction request form.

Library resources in Canvas

Our tutorials and research guides can easily be embedded into your Canvas courses. Contact your subject librarian for more information on any instruction related questions.

Library resources and services that can be integrated into online learning through Canvas have been fully documented and that information is available on the Center for the Advancement of Teaching website.

Course reserves

Physical reserves, including books and DVDs, Reserve DVDs are not available this semester. Faculty should use electronic reserves such as book chapters, articles, and streaming media wherever possible. If you have questions, contact us at preserve@temple.edu.

Instructions for embedding the Course reserves tool into your Canvas course can be found here.

Affordable course materials and open textbooks

Students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual during this time. Consider online resources and tools that are—and will continue to be—free to you and your students this semester. 

Existing library resources

Explore the online resources already in the Libraries’ collection, including ebooks, ejournals, streaming video, and more. Contact your subject librarian who can check on the resource license as not all of our ebooks are available for multiuser simultaneous usage. Your subject librarian may also be able to purchase online resources, such as textbooks and streaming video, for remote instruction.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Explore no-cost digital teaching and learning resources that integrate easily into your remote instruction. Open Educational Resources (OER) are released under open licenses, allowing for no-cost access to quality materials and permitting modifications to meet your specific needs. New to OER? Learn how and why some Temple faculty have used OER in their past courses. 

Find open textbooks and other OER in these collections: 

  • Open Textbook Library: Browse open textbooks by subject, and read instructor reviews. 

  • OASIS: Search for OER—including textbooks, multimedia, public domain works, and instructional materials—used at other colleges and universities.

  • Mason OER Metafinder: Search across multiple collections in a single search, including vast primary source collections like American Memory, DPLA, and NYPL Digital Collections.

  • LibreTexts: Browse open textbooks by subject. Adapt and customize content using the built-in OER Remixer tool.

Discover additional OER in your subject area by reaching out to your subject librarian or by checking out Discovering Open Educational Resources for tips on finding OER.

You may receive offers from textbook publishers and providers offering you and your students free access to digital textbooks for a limited time, typically through the end of the semester. While these offers may be helpful in the short term, please be aware of some drawbacks to creating faculty and student accounts on these systems. See this helpful blog post concerning these temporary free offers. There may be other options beyond these limited offers. Contact your subject librarian to make sure you are working with the most options possible.

Have additional questions? There are many ways to contact us: