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COVID-19 and DU Libraries

Faculty Resources

The Libraries already have an existing and robust virtual service delivery model with a host of online services and resources. We have been working continuously to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and will keep updating this section of the website to provide faculty and other instructors with information on course materials for teaching online.

Textbooks through DU Bookstore

Textbooks available through the DU bookstore can be delivered by mail to students not staying on campus. The DU Libraries are not able to procure textbooks for students, but you may check our catalog to see if we already have the e-book available. Another option is to ask students to check with independent bookstores in their local area. 

Electronic Resources

The Libraries has a vast collection of online journal articles and ebooks, and we urge instructors to use our licensed electronic resources whenever possible, even if this means substituting one resource for another. Many of the Libraries' articles, videos, and e-books are available online. Search Compass from the main library page or view our complete list of databases. The majority of online library articles and ebooks have a stable URL which can be included in your Canvas course. For more information on how to find stable URLs for articles and ebooks, please see our Off Campus Research guide. For directions on adding links in Canvas, please see the guides provided by the Office of Teaching and Learning.

We can help you determine whether your assigned readings are available electronically and/or explore alternatives. Please contact your subject librarian for help with this. Also, please know that the Libraries will continue to build robust collections in print, and formats you've deemed best for your discipline, once this emergency is past us.

Many publishers are making additional electronic content available for free during the pandemic. Please see our guide for a list of open access and open educational resources.

Streaming Media

DU subscribes to a number of online streaming services which can be used for courses. There are general film and video collections, history and current events collections, materials for therapists and social workers, digital primary sources, and much more. Most collections support durable URLs, clips, and playlist creation, making them especially appropriate for classroom presentations. For more information on our available streaming collections, please visit our Streaming Media Guide.

Effective October 1, 2020, DU Libraries has transitioned to a mediated access model for Kanopy, the Libraries' most popular streaming video platform. Access is now limited primarily to academic and instructional use. For additional details on mediated access, please visit our FAQ.

Reserves through the Libraries

The Electronic Reserves service provides online access to course materials such as articles, book chapters, and other electronic documents. Enrolled students and faculty may access course materials online at any time of day. Electronic reserves are posted in Canvas via a link to the library's e-reserve system, Leganto.

If you are unable to find online alternative materials for your course, please submit a course reserves request as soon as possible to Please provide us with a list of the resources needed for your course.

Lamont School of Music Faculty: Please copy on any Reserves requests.

We will prioritize requests by following these guidelines.

  • We will only process course material requests for essential, core readings, not supplemental materials.
  • We will only provide course materials for items which we already own in electronic format or items that may be purchased quickly in an online format.
  • We are not able to digitize DVDs in this process but can provide consultation for finding existing streaming media and work-arounds for your course. Please see this page for more information about our streaming collections

Below is the list of guidelines that we will follow to digitize print materials for reserves during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since not all materials are available online, the Fair Use exception to US Copyright law allows us to digitize some materials for educational purposes. Please see the Libraries guidelines on Fair Use for more information. Under normal circumstances, we are restricted in the amount of material that we may digitize for courses. However, we have consulted a copyright attorney, and believe that in this particular moment, because we are in an emergency situation that has forced all of us to radically change the way we provide instruction, we can adopt a far more liberal interpretation of fair use. The fair use factors are always weighed based upon the circumstances, and under these current and very unique circumstances, we can be more aggressive in asserting that the scales weigh in favor of fair use. And with respect to the fair use factor regarding the "amount and substantiality of the work used," the current unique circumstances give rise to a credible argument that we can assert fair use exists for a greater amount of the work being used than is typically acceptable. This will allow us to, as a last resort, digitize more of a work than we would typically.

Any materials that we digitize that fall outside of our normal Fair Use guidelines will be removed after the COVID-19 crisis ends and cannot be reused for future quarters.

Please be aware that digitization takes a large amount of time and requires physical access to both materials and digitization equipment. We are constrained by limited staffing and restrictions that inhibit our ability to work on campus. Our goal is to balance the educational needs of faculty and students along with the need to protect the health and safety of our staff.