Need help identifying teaching resources in the library collections?
Ask your subject specialist librarian or the open education resources librarian about options.
Identify your specialist here:
If the library does not have an ebook you need for a class you are teaching, you can request that VCU Libraries investigate the purchase of the title using the following form:
Please note in the "Reason this item should be purchased" field that you will be using this book as course material.
When requesting a purchase, please keep in mind:
If the library already owns an ebook but it does not meet the recommended guidelines for use in courses (e.g. limited number of users), please complete the above form or contact your subject specialist librarian or the Open Educational Resources Librarian. We will investigate the possibility of an upgrade to unlimited users for the ebook, following the considerations listed above.
The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), the library consortium for Virginia, provides the VIVA Faculty Ebook Portal as an alternate avenue to locating or purchasing ebooks for use as course materials.
The portal contains:
All portal titles allow for unlimited users, which means that everyone in a class can access the book simultaneously, no matter how big.
Please note that the portal contains ebooks, such as monographs and edited volumes, rather than volumes which might traditionally be considered textbooks, such as a standard "Introduction to Algebra" textbook.
Both adopting and requesting purchase of books requires the completion of a short form outlining information about the class in which the book will be used and the book it will replace. For additional details on how to access, navigate, and request books using the VIVA Faculty Ebook Portal, review the following:
VIVA funds all purchases through the Portal. Funding is not taken from VCU Libraries, requestors or requestors' departments, or other VCU sources.