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COVID Information & Resources: Learning During Disruption

Continuity of Access

Boatwright Memorial Library and Parsons Music Library are closed. Staff will make collection materials available by request.  Contact Linda Fairtile at to request materials from Parsons. Contact Cassandra Taylor-Anderson at to request materials from Boatwright.

Boatwright Library will prioritize requests to scan/e-deliver ILL materials, including scanning multiple book chapters for items that had previously been requested for physical delivery. 

Boatwright Library will extend due dates for materials currently in circulation to May 2, 2020.

Resources for Students

If you were unable to get back to campus to retrieve your books or possibly haven't purchased a specific title yet, VitalSource and RedShelf, two course material vendors, have just made available to students of semester schools FREE access to many titles in their library.


To access these materials, go to either link listed below and create an account using your University email, or if you already have an account, log in with your existing information. You can then search for the books needed by the books ISBN. OR

For Students

Faculty Assistance from the Library

Accessing Books and Media: Faculty and staff can still request books and other materials that are not online through Document Delivery and items will be sent to your departmental mailroom via campus mail.  As another option, faculty, staff and students who need books or other physical items from Boatwright may also send requests to Cassandra Taylor Anderson at Materials will be ready for pickup at 11 a.m. each day at the Boatwright Library lakeside front entrance door.  Students who are not in Richmond and need print books/media should contact their liaison librarian who will check on e-book options or make suggestions for alternative online material. If there no viable options, a book/DVD can be mailed to a student.

Scanning of Course Materials: The Libraries will provide scanning services to faculty for course materials through our current request channels.  Information on how to make requests is available on the Library Services page of our website. For detailed/complicated request, please contact Alissa Potter via email at for assistance.

Licensed eBooks and electronic resources: We are available to assist you in gaining access to materials in our stacks and have many online resources available to you through our eBooks, databases, and streaming video and audio options. It may be possible for the Libraries to acquire multi-user licenses for eBook versions of course materials, subject to availability. Please contact your liaison librarian to request these items for you and your students.

We are working with our vendors and consortia to raise or eliminate user limits for databases during this period. If you find that you or your students are unable to connect to resources, please contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists

For Faculty and Staff

The Faculty Hub and IS have joined forces to deliver virtual trainings starting early next week to help you use these tools in your instruction.  They will have short presentations of the tools and then there will be time for Q and A.  To best prepare for these, we strongly encourage you to visit the websites above and start exploring the tools before attending the virtual training.  These will be recorded and available to watch afterwards. 


Using Zoom for Remote Teaching: Monday 3/16 at 3:00 pm  

Using Zoom for Remote Teaching: Tuesday 3/17 at 10:30 am

Using Blackboard and Panopto for Remote Teaching: Tuesday 3/17 at 3:00 pm

Contact Information

If you need technical support you can contact IS at or the Faculty Hub at for pedagogical assistance.

Remote Library Resources

Research Librarians: Your liaison librarians are available to help faculty, staff, and students with research and instruction support in courses or with any research need. Your liaison librarians can provide a full range of remote, research support options that are identified through Ask a Librarian. Liaisons can also create individual course guides for faculty to help identify specific research resources students need for a class or how to access the resources remotely. Liaisons can also help faculty select and make available library resources—such as ebooks with multiple user access--if alternate readings or accessibility to class materials are necessary for remote availability.

Library Resources: Remote access to library resources range from the library catalog, to databases, to full-text journals and books. Liaisons can help faculty identify links to add to a syllabus or Blackboard for personalized research guideslibrary web pagesdatabases,ebooks, or streaming content – contact your liaison for help with any of these. Email the library or contact Carol Wittig, Head of Research & Instruction with any questions.

Remote Library Access

Home School Resources for Richmond Area Parents

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