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Covid-19: Classes are Online and so is the Library

Using Course eReserves

An entire class needs access to material:

Use Course Reserves (eReserves) to make articles, book chapters, CDs, videos, etc. available on online for your class. Use the attached pdf below for complete faculty instructions for eReserves.

  • Have you already placed a physical book, CD or video on traditional Course Reserve at a WVU library, and now your students need off-campus access?
    • Log into eReserves and select the course. On the left you’ll see an option to “Add Reserve Items.” Choose the type of item your students need and complete the form. If this is a request to provide online access to something you’ve already placed on physical reserve, please add that information in the Notes field.

You or an individual student needs to get material for a project:

  • Use ILLiad to request articles, book chapters, books, CDs, videos, etc. Many resources can be provided online; those that cannot will be mailed to you.

Personalized help:

eReserves explained

With the reserves software, Course Reserves/Ares, the Libraries are able to make most, if not all, class materials available online for students.  Some of the materials you can make available in Ares are:

  • Articles
    • Links to ejournal articles
    • Articles scanned from print journals and uploaded to the web
      • These may have some limitations due to copyright but we will work with faculty to make as much as possible available for the class
  • eBooks
    • If available, we can purchase with multiple-use access
  • Book Chapters
    • We can scan and upload portions of print books 
      • These may have some limitations due to copyright but we will work with faculty to make as much as possible available for the class
  • Videos
    • We can try to license films that you need for your class
    • Under certain conditions, we can digitize films we own on DVD
      • These may have some limitations due to copyright but we will work with faculty to make as much as possible available for the class

Open Education Resources

As the educational community responds to COVID-19, you may be receiving emails from vendors offering limited-time free access to their tools and platforms. The Open Educational Resources Committee and the Library wanted to share some online resources that are always free or affordable. Please remember that students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual if they’re not able to work due to the coronavirus. You might want to consider investing your time in trying resources and tools that will continue to be free to you and your students after the crisis is over.

Below are some places to start finding free and open resources. Or just contact me with your topic or learning objectives, and I will look for you!


If you’re looking for more open resources, check out the Find section of WVU’s OER Guide

If you have questions please email: martha.yancey@mail.wvu.edu

Library Streaming and Ebook Resources

Don’t forget library resources! The library also has robust ebook and streaming video:

Copyright Considerations

Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

A group of copyright experts from universities nationwide have issued a statement (link to full statement below) on copyright and fair use during a public health crisis.

We have heard concerns that copyright may pose impediments to a rapid shift to remote instruction, or conversely, that copyright is not relevant. While legal obligations do not automatically dissolve in the face of a public health crisis, U.S. copyright law is, thankfully, well equipped to provide the flexibility necessary for the vast majority of remote learning needed at this time.


Resources on Copyright & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research