Recommended Alternatives for Class Reserves
In order to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, internationally recognized standards for handling physical library materials require that books and other library materials undergo quarantine for three days after use. Additionally, unlike print and other physical reserves, digital formats will allow students to access course readings without visiting the library during the semester while physical distancing requirements limit in-person visits to campus.
For these reasons, the IU Bloomington Libraries will not be able to offer print/physical course reserves until further notice.
The IU Libraries request that all course instructors consider the following alternatives to print/physical material reserves. Librarians are glad to assist in a variety of ways as you modify your fall semester teaching. Please request a consultation with a librarian subject specialist if the options outlined below do not meet your needs.
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Open Educational Resources
By selecting library-provided articles and no-cost open educational resources (OERs) like open textbooks and/or eTexts, many instructors find it easier than imagined to teach a course while incurring little to no additional material costs for students. The Libraries are often able to help find open resources that provide students with the relevant content they need. Open textbooks can also be delivered through the IU eTexts initiative via Unizin Engage. When searching for OERs in the IU eTexts catalog, select the Open Textbook Library from the Publisher drop-down menu.
IU Librarians maintain extensive guides demonstrating how to find and integrate free and open access materials, including textbooks, into your courses:
For assistance with using open educational resources, contact campus OER librarians.
Alternatives to Print Textbooks
Some course materials may already be digitized and available through IU Libraries' digitized collections in HathiTrust or available as an e-book through IUCAT. Licensing restrictions may limit simultaneous access to these materials.
Consider alternatives to traditional textbooks, such as clinical and practitioner e-books intended for professional readers that are generally more available in electronic format.
If the Libraries do not already own an e-book version of your course material, request a purchase. We may not be able to purchase the materials due to availability, licensing restrictions, costs, etc. but we will do our best.
Link Directly to Online Articles
You can submit an Online Streaming Request for a class you are teaching.
Instructors can use Request Article Delivery to make a Print Reserves Request. A digital copy of a print article, or one to two chapters of book, dependent upon the book’s length, can be digitized for teaching. Digitization of entire volumes may be possible, but will be limited to public domain works or out-of-print books that are not available commercially and cannot be acquired by IU Libraries in digital form.
- Due to increased demand, it may take up to two weeks to fulfill requests; requests for instructional needs will receive priority.
If the options outlined above are not feasible, please request a consultation with a librarian subject specialist.
- Business/SPEA Library: Located behind the Circulation Desk
- Education Library: Located behind the Circulation Desk
- Herman B Wells Library - Print Reserve Services: Located at the Learning Commons Service Desk (1st floor, Wells Library, West Tower, South entrance)
- Herman B Wells Library - Media Reserves: Located on the Ground Floor in the Media Services department (Media Services circulation policies)
- Music Library: All Music Library reserves are located behind the Circulation Desk (More about Music Library reserves)
- Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library: Located behind the Circulation Desk