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Online Support by the Thrift Library During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Keep Calm / Carry On


eTextbooks provided by the Thrift Library

26 PossibleTitles added to eTextbook list

The library is working full speed to provide as many eTextbooks as possible.

Stage One - 26 possible titles available though our ProQuest EBook Central and eBooks on EBSCOhost subscriptions were excluded from the original list because they cannot be purchased., The reasoning was that they could disappear at any time and would not be safe to recommend to students. We still cannot guarantee that they will not disappear at any time, but the odds are good that these titles will last through the end of the semester. Warning! Not all titles allow unlimited users and not all titles are the correct edition, so you will need to check the list to determine their suitability.- Completed.

Stage Two - We are currently searching for any titles which were not available for purchase in December, and for titles which might substitute, ie. titles with the wrong edition or single user or three user access. We will contact individual faculty over the next two days (Tues and Wed.) and ask if you can use a substitute edition.

Streaming Video

The Thrift Library can provide access to 270,000 streaming videos for use in Canvas. 

No cost to departments.

Ask A Librarian / Online Reference

Ask a Librarian, the library's online reference service, will remain available through the end of the semester, even on nights and weekends when there is no one in the building. We will post our new online hours soon.

One Half Million Ebooks

That's right! The Thrift Library either owns or has access to a half million eBooks

Just load the link into Canvas. No copying needed.

If we don't have the right book, ask us. It might be available for purchase.

Start with OneSearch for 250,000 titles. Then move to ProQuest eBook Central for another 200,000 titles. Other possibilities include Project MUSE and SpringerLink which contain additional free content. We will be adding to the possible sources soon.

No Fines / No Overdue Notices

All library materials currently out have been renewed until after exams. No fines. No notices.

Scanning of Physical Resources / Copyright Issues

  • The library will scan up to one chapter (or 10%) of any book for use on Canvas.
  • We can also post materials to your Research Guides.
  • If you need three chapters, we may be able to buy two additional copies in print to avoid copyright restraints.
  • If you have your own copy, you are welcome to do your own scanning.

Interlibrary Loan / PASCAL Delivers

PASCAL Delivers is suspended for the duration.

While Interlibrary Loan continues, it looks like it is going to shut down too - at least for physical items, as their is a growing concern bout the safety of loaning books. Digital items are still being loaned.

Where can you find digital content?

The library's home page remains your best bet.

Contrary to popular belief there is far more free full text content available through the Thrift Library than thorough Google Scholar.

  • 200+ Databases
  • Half milion ebooks
  • 50,000 full text journals
  • 170,000 streaming videos (available by request)
  • Million audio recordings

Where can you find ADDITIONAL content?

Many publishers / vendors are providing free content during the coronavirus outbreak, and the number grows daily.

For those database we already have, additional content will simply make the databases bigger. Discovery is the same.

Additional digital resources are being collected in the following Google Docs.