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Faculty COVID - 19 Library Resources: Information for Faculty

Details of the library support for faculty during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Although the library building library is closed and library personnel are working from home, many of the library's services are still available online. Services that are not available involve physical items:

  • Delivery of physical books or media through CSU+ and ILLiad is suspended.
  • Checkout of physical books (including textbooks on Course Reserve) is not available.

ILLiad delivery of articles, which is handled entirely online, remains available.

To help compensate for the loss of our physical collection and support online instruction, we are temporarily offering a variety of new online resources, or expanded access to existing resources. See the "Temporary Online Resources" tab for a summary.


  1. The library has received the book list from the campus bookstore. From that list, 164 ebooks that are required texts are now linked in Course Reserves, and 64 ebooks that are required have been purchased. Even courses that have not used Course Reserves previously are listed to make it easier for you and your students to locate the ebooks. 
  2. Many textbook publishers will not sell ebook copies to libraries; we would buy them if we could! If your textbook is not available as an ebook and you personally own the book, Fair Use at this time will allow you to scan and post pages needed for class in Blackboard. 
  3. If the book you use is available only in print and the library currently owns it, library staff can do limited scanning. Please fill out this Google form for any scanning needs: Course Reserve Scan Request 

Contact Kim Wobick for further information.


We are pleased to continue to offer library instruction online via Zoom. To request a session, complete the library instruction request form. For those who are unable to schedule instruction, we have a number of other virtual resources you can check out: 

  • Online workshops your students can attend on their own time. 
  • Video tutorials and online quizzes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced researchers that address research concepts and skills, from using OneSearch and developing keywords to the peer review process and advanced database searching. Quizzes are scored automatically, and students receive a certificate of completion that they can upload to Blackboard or e-mail to you.
  • More video tutorials on our YouTube page.
  • Library guides on a variety of topics and research skills. Know what we know – find it in our guides!
  • Our online toolkit for teaching and learning, the Critical Information Literacy (CIL) Lab, contains a plethora of useful resources, including the "Instructor's Corner." Here you can find discussion prompts, infographics, recommended readings and videos, CIL assignment ideas from CSUSB faculty, and more. 


Librarians are available online to offer research and library resource navigation assistance to students, faculty, and staff in several modes:

  • Ask a Librarian chat service (CSUSB librarians available to answer research and library related questions, M-TH (8am-6pm); F (8am-4pm); Sat. (10am-2pm); no service on Sun.) – look for blue "Ask A Librarian" bar on library's homepage
  • Schedule a research appointment with subject specialists (30 minute consult via Zoom with screen sharing capability) 
      (non-CSUSB librarians available 24/7) 
  • Email a Librarian (answered within 24 hours) 
  • Text a question (quick, non-research questions) – 909-542-8990


As you plan your online classes, please know that the library recognizes the challenges you face. 

Here's what we can offer you in terms of streaming video for your online courses:

  • We have subscriptions to several streaming video databases, most of which you and your students can access without having to request them, using your Coyote credentials.
  • If you locate a streaming video that you’d like to link to in your Blackboard course, please see our instructions for doing so.
  • If there's a specific video title you need for your class that we don't have, please fill out our Video Request Form.
  • If you need any assistance searching the streaming video databases, contact me (Barbara Quarton)--I can help!

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