Answered By: Liz Svoboda
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2020     Views: 15

Preparing to offer course materials online

Because the pandemic will limit our capacity to offer physical course reserves, we encourage faculty to use digital course materials wherever possible.

To provide equitable access to course materials, we encourage faculty to use open access or library-licensed course materials whenever possible. Instructors should use Blackboard or the library's e-reserve system to make materials available to students. 

Please note that most textbooks are often unavailable for library licensing, and present unique challenges for electronic access and affordability. 

There are several ways you can find, request, and access digital resources for your courses — and we’re here to help.

Finding electronic materials

Search the library resources to find digital versions of books, articles, films, and other media. 

There is currently expanded access to items in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

To ensure compliance with copyright law and licensing agreements, please link to content from your Blackboard site, rather than uploading PDFs downloaded from databases. (And make sure your links are persistent and proxied, so they work seamlessly for your students).

  • We have partnered with OEL on a workshop entitled "Adding Library Materials to Your Blackboard Course." Please see the OEL website for upcoming dates.

Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Contact your liaison librarian to learn about electronic resources in your discipline.

For materials we don’t have electronically

If you need materials the library does not appear to hold electronically, we can:

  • Verify whether the library has access
  • Possibly purchase electronic versions of materials
  • Scan or digitize selections for use in Blackboard (this service will be completed mainly by Document Delivery in Ann Arbor). 

How to request materials

Complete this request form as soon as possible. 

We will work on requests in the order they are received and acknowledge receipt of your request within two working days. We may contact you to discuss your request if copyright or other constraints affect what we can purchase or digitize.

If you know you need one of the following formats, you can place requests directly:

  • For articles unavailable through library subscriptions and scans of book chapters, please place a scan request through Document Delivery's ILLiad system.
  • For help with film and video, contact Matt Wolverton.


Message adapted from UM-Ann Arbor library's website:

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