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Faculty Library Newsletter

Departmental Budgets and Acquisitions

Check your departmental budget allocations, spending, and balance.

Review databases charged to your department.

Check the status of all your book, eBook and media orders - date ordered, date received, list, cost, call number assigned, etc.

Contact your liaison to order new materials.

Contact Head of Acquisitions to inquire about unfilled orders.

New OA (Open Access) Content Added to OneSearch

PASCAL recently added a number of Open Access Databases within OneSearch.

Type a normal search. Then limit the results to Open Access.

These databases contain thousands of eBooks and journal articles that can now be discovered alongside the library's paid content.

  • BioMed Central Open Access
  • Cambridge University Press Wholly Gold Open Access Journals
  • Elsevier ScienceDirect open access books
  • NCBI bookshelf
  • Oxford University Journals Open Access Collection
  • Oxford University Press Open Access Books
  • O’Reilly Open Books
  • Project Muse Open Access Books
  • Purdue University Press journals
  • Sage Journals Open Access Journals
  • Springer Nature OA Free Journals
  • Taylor and Francis Open Access
  • Wiley Online Library Free Backfiles
  • Wiley Online Library Open Access

OpenAthens - Remote access made simple through single sign on

This year all (or most) of the academic libraries in SC are migrating to OpenAthens, a user authentication system similar to that used in Workday. This service allows users to log in using their AU email name and password, and then click through to all library resources. We made our switch in October. 

Upon completion proxy prefixes will go away. Remember proxy prefixes?

  • Proxy Prefix -

OpenAthens works without the proxy prefix.

In the meantime, both authentication methods are in play.

If you should experience any glitches during the transition due to a faulty link in Canvas or on a Research Guide, the simplest workaround is to access the resource in OneSearch and click on it there. Or contact Betsy Elsner at

Get Ready for Spring's eTextbooks

Each semester the Thrift Library provides around 130 free eTextbooks. These are identified via a spreadsheet provided by the Bookstore - AU Outfitters. In order for this to happen smoothly, or at all, faculty need to submit their titles to the Bookstore in a timely way.

We expect to receive a spreadsheet around Dec.6 which contains all titles through that date.  If you are unable to submit your textbooks titles before that date, you can still submit them to your library liaison for searching. Our expected completion date will be around Dec. 20th.

Pre-Exam Hours - Why Wait to Study - Open till 1 AM Beginning Nov. 14



15 extra hours. Come early. Stay late.

Open Textbook Library

Interested in locating free, open source textbooks? You can find almost 900 titles in OneSearch from the Open Textbook Library (OTL)


  • Go to OneSearch and type in your topic.  
  • Limit your search on the left to
    • Open Access under Availability
    • Books under Resource Type
    • Open Textbook Library under Author/Creator


FYI – Tens of thousands of other open source materials in all formats can be discovered in OneSearch using normal searches limited to Open Access under Availability.