UPDATE: All UW Libraries buildings, including the Campus Library, are closed due to COVID-19.
Services and support for teaching and learning continue remotely. The health and safety of our staff and users are the priority. Supporting adherence to public health recommendations on social distancing is imperative at this time.
Reserves staff (pending staffing availability) can support remote learning by:
For additional information, visit Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials.
Campus Library Reserves and the UW Libraries scans PDFs with optical character recognition (OCR) but does not provide remediation of PDFs for added accessibility as a standard service (e.g. adding tags, alt-text). OCR creates a PDF that is compatible with assistive technology (such as screen reader software), though the quality may not be sufficient for individuals with visual impairment.
Requests for captioning and other services to support students with disabilities should be forwarded to UWB Disability Resources for Students (DRS) or Cascadia Disability Support Services (DSS) for assistance.
Reserves staff are working remotely and are unable to process physical materials for course reserves at this time.
Although the University Book Store's physical locations are closed until further notice, their online store is operating. Your students can order textbooks online and have them shipped.
We recommend our own not-for-profit University Book Store, but there are other places your students can purchase textbooks online. The Online Learning Support: How to Access Library Resources (For Students) provides additional information regarding textbooks and purchase options.
If you are requiring your students to purchase a code to access the textbook publisher's online portal for exercises, quizzes, and other course materials, please note that most used textbooks will not include the one-time use access code. Our bookstore staff will be able to assist you with questions about required access codes.
We encourage faculty to consider using an Open Textbook as an alternative to high-cost, commercial textbooks. Open Textbooks are books covered by an open copyright license and available freely to students, instructors, and the community. Most open textbook licenses allow the right to access, download, revise, or customize the content.
A few Open Textbook options are:
For more open textbooks options, or information about OERs and library-licensed educational resources (LERs), see Campus Library Open Educational Resources.
For other online alternatives to physical textbooks, see Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials.
Library staff are working remotely due to the library building closure. Reserves staff are unable to provide access to the physical media collection, or digitize physical media until further notice.
During campus building closures due to COVID-19, the library is purchasing streaming video licenses whenever possible, contingent upon funding availability and licensing terms.
To suggest films to purchase for the Bothell Campus Library general collection (i.e. not for required viewing in your classes) please contact your subject librarian.
UWB/CC Campus Library's Scan for Canvas service is currently suspended. Interlibrary Loan may be able to assist you with article and book chapter scans.
The UW Libraries licenses over half a million ebooks, thousands of streaming films, and hundreds of article databases that can be used to support your online courses. For assistance identifying or purchasing ebooks or streaming films for assigned reading or viewing, visit Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials
Stable off-campus links can be added to Canvas unless license agreements prohibit the use of links for Course Reserves. To create an off-campus link, visit UW Libraries' Creating Stable Links to Journal Articles or contact Reserves staff for assistance.