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Library Instruction and Research Support: COVID-19

Locating Online Course Materials

In order to reduce potential employee exposure to COVID-19, VCU Libraries is no longer able to scan physical versions of textbooks, course materials, or course readings.

However, we can assist faculty in locating digital versions of course materials. Library employees will check the availability of items from a variety of publishers, vendors, and open educational resources, and will investigate purchasing digital materials when needed.

To request assistance in locating digital versions of your physical course materials, please email

Locating Additional Course Materials

Library resources, from ebooks to multimedia to articles, may be used as course content and might include those you're already using in class. Visit our Library Resources as Course Materials guide for more information, including how to suggest ebook purchases and upgrades, and request licenses to stream media for your class.

Open Educational Resources (OER) may also be able to help. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and made available without copyright or licensing restrictions limiting how they are used. They can be any type of resource, from textbooks to images to assessments or assignments. To learn more about OER, including how to find them, visit our OER guide or contact Jessica Kirschner, Open Educational Resources Librarian, at

Copyright and Moving Courses Online

There are many pedagogical and technical issues that make the shift from in-person to online teaching challenging, but for once, copyright is not a big additional area of worry! Most of the legal issues are the same in both contexts. If it was okay to do in class, it is often okay to do online, especially when your online access is limited to the same enrolled students.

For more details on copyright considerations as you move courses online, please refer to the guide on Copyright and Teaching. If you have questions, contact Hillary Miller at