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Remote Faculty Support

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

Online Collections

Ebooks & journals

Our online materials, including ebooks and journals, are available through Library Search and our A-Z databases. To learn about searching and using ebooks, visit our Ebooks Research Guide.

Streaming Video 

We provide access to streaming video content. To learn more, visit our Streaming Online Video Research Guide.

Temporary expanded access

We also have temporary access to many new e-resources that have not been previously accessible to our users. 

Digital special collections

Our digital 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

Schedule a session with a librarian

Our librarians will continue to deliver information literacy instruction synchronously or asynchronously depending on your course needs. Live sessions can be held via Zoom. Request instruction using our form or reach out to your subject librarian.

Librarians remain available to you and your students for research consultations by appointment or for brief chat sessions during regularly scheduled hours (Monday through Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday Noon-5pm, and Sunday Noon-8pm).

Embed library resources into Canvas

Tutorials & course guides 

We provide tutorials and other online learning resources that can easily be embedded into Canvas courses. Contact your subject librarian for more information on any instruction related questions. 


If you have questions about adding course reserves to your Canvas course please contact preserve@temple.edu. Instructions for embedding the Course reserves tool into your Canvas course can be found here.

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.

Additional access to materials

While our physical collections are currently not accessible, we can help you find a digital copy.

Journal articles & book chapters 

You can request digital copies of journal articles and book chapters through ILLiad

All other material types

If you find an item in Library Search and it isn’t available online, send us a request using the “Get help finding a digital copy” button. We’ll do our best to find a digital version and will respond within 24-48 hours. If we cannot find a digital copy of the item, we will suggest an alternative for you to consider.

Access journal articles through 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.

Identify 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 during and following the 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: