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Library Services for Remote Teaching and Learning

Submitted by: Jacqueline Solis, Director of Research & Instructional Services, University Library


Even though library buildings are closed, Library staff are here for you and your students.

Teaching support

Library specialists can talk with you about resources available for class projects to ensure that students will be able to remotely access the materials needed to meet your learning objectives for the project. Library specialists are also are providing instruction and office hours through Zoom. We can also build a special resource page for your class. The subject specialist librarian for your area will be able to help.

Research assistance and consultations

Specialists from across the University Libraries can help your students with all their research and information needs, including subject-specific research, data and statistical consultations, and special collections inquiries.

Students can visit to:

Library materials and collections

While library buildings are closed, we are working hard to provide additional content online.

  • More than 1.1 million digital copies of books from our print collection are now freely available to UNC students and affiliates, thanks to a partnership with the HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Many publishers are providing temporary direct access to journals, books, streaming video, and more at no charge. Please note that many of these temporary free offers are scheduled to end during Maymester or Summer Session 1, so you may not be able to rely on free material from publishers for the whole summer.
  • We continue to provide document delivery services through interlibrary loan. If we can obtain it electronically from another institution or publisher, we will send a copy to your email at no charge to you.
  • If you need special collections materials for your course, contact Wilson Library to find out what is available for remote teaching.
  • Can’t find what you need? If an electronic version exists, we may be able to purchase it for you. Place a request using our online form.

If you already have books checked out to you, please do not return them until campus re-opens. We have automatically renewed all borrowed items through August 31 and have waived all fines, including for items charged to carrels.

Special notes about textbooks in a remote environment

Two major providers of textbooks, VitalSource and Redshelf, will no longer offer freely available textbooks after May 25th. The special access they were offering in partnership with UNC Student Stores was designed to help students get through the sudden campus closure in the middle of spring semester.

High quality, peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources are designed to be used online and may provide opportunities for you to choose freely available textbooks that you can customize for your course.

Check to see if the textbook you want to use is available in accessible format for students with disabilities. Please contact UNC Accessibility and Resources Service for more information about accessibility and helping every student succeed.

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