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Libraries Remote Resources and Services

Last updated March 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

When the Libraries are closed, there are many ways we can provide students and faculty with expert help and services!

See also specific resources from UW Bothell / Cascadia College Library and UW Tacoma Library

Get Online Help 24/7

  • Ask Us! Email or chat 24/7
    Last minute citation question? Want help with research? Need recommendations on e-resources for your class? Ask us! You can email us, or chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the convenience of your home! This service is staffed by UW Librarians but at peak service times or off-hours you may be chatting with a librarian from another academic library.

Librarian Consultations

  • Subject Librarians
    Librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom).
  • Scholarly Communication & Publishing staff
    Experts are available to assist remotely with questions about online courses, copyright, open access, electronic theses and dissertations, digital scholarship, and research data management.

Technology Access

Online Resources for Teaching

  • E-Resources: In addition to online resources already in the collection, the Libraries may be able to purchase online resources, such as textbooks and streaming video, for instructors.
  • Reach out to your subject librarian for advice and make reserve requests using the Course Reserve Request Form.
    • Read our blog post on Alternates vs. Equivalents to help save time and guide your search.
    • Know that not all e-resources are available to purchase for online, educational or classroom use.
    • With Libraries closed, students will be unable to borrow physical textbooks from the Libraries -- a challenge especially for those who are unable to afford the expense. Textbook publishers generally don't sell e-books to libraries, adding to the challenge; however, Libraries can help you find and determine appropriate alternate options:
        • Consider open textbooks and resources (freely available, openly licensed materials) for use in your course. Use the search tools available on our guides UW Seattle OER GuideUW Bothell OER GuideUW Tacoma OER Guide to find existing open textbooks or create and publish your own open resources for your course. Ask a librarian to help locate relevant open content.
        • Consider non-academic practitioner e-books intended for professional readers. Ask a librarian to recommend and purchase an e-book.
  • Online publishing platforms: For faculty looking to personally augment course learning or incorporate online publishing into student assignments, the Libraries offers training on how to create and publish your own online course materials. Explore Libraries open publishing platforms like Manifold, Pressbooks, and Reclaim Hosting.
  • Instructor Toolkit: Learn more about Libraries workshops, assignment design and more!
  • Canvas: The Libraries supports instructors using Canvas in many ways, including a "UW Libraries" page which can be added to the navigation of any Canvas course. For more customized content or assistance, instructors can add a Subject Librarian to their course using the "Librarian" Canvas role. The Libraries also provides instructors with research-specific course content via the Canvas Commons repository.

Streaming Video

  • Streaming Video
    The Libraries provides stable access to thousands of streaming video through our collections and online databases.

    Online Materials and Tools

    The UW Libraries have loads of digital materials available for you.

    • UW Libraries Search
      Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on ebooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.
    • Articles & Research Databases
      We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
    • Research Guides
      Librarian tips and recommended online resources by topic
    • Off-Campus Access
      If you are not on campus, use Husky OnNet or log in via the Libraries website to access library databases and other resources! Be sure to configure Husky OnNet to work with library resources.

    Interlibrary Loan

    • Interlibrary loan and other related services
      At this time and until further notice Interlibrary Loan services will be limited to electronic articles and materials only.
    • Interlibrary loan, returns, and other access services: for the health and safety of all employees, all Libraries staff are working remotely, and physical collections are unavailable to scan or pick-up at this time. Please see Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources for information on all access services, including fines/fees for overdue materials.

    Renew Books Online

    You can also renew your books online - just log into Your Library Account. You will see your active loans displayed on the Loans section. Look for the title you need to renew and click renew. You can also renew all your active loans by selecting Renew All.

      Contact Us

      Have other remote needs? New ideas for how the Libraries can help you off-campus? Send your comments to us.