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Free Textbooks - Fall 2020


The library has acquired 139 eTextbooks for the Fall Semester, the largest number ever. Want to save our student's $173,000? Post the provided links in Canvas and let your students know they have free textbooks at their disposal.

Library Home Page gets a makeover

undefinedTaking advantage of the New OneSearch and its integration of multiple library functions, the library has simplified its Home Page.

Gone are:

  • Find a Journal - Replaced by Journal Search
  • Multiple Research links - Combined into a single Research Assistance jump page
  • Library Catalog - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch
  • eBook databases - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch

OneSearch has been greatly expanded and improved

Find books, eBooks, articles, media, databases, journals, research guides, and more. 

  • It's more than a Library Catalog. 
  • More than a search engine.
  • More than Find A Journal.
  • its everything combined onto one platform.

COVID-19 Library Policies - Fall 2020 - Touchless Checkout, Digital Reserves, Ask-A-Librarian, Online Library Instruction – things are going to look a little different this fall.

Social distancing

  • Lounge seating will be spread out.
  • Most tables will limited to 2 users.
  • 1 passenger on elevator.

Study Rooms 

  • Maximum of two users.
  • Maximum of two hours.
  • Mandatory 10 minutes between reservations.
  • Masks required in an enclosed space.

No coffee (unless someone invents a way to drink it through their mask.)

Three day quarantine - All library materials will be quarantined for three days upon return. Student workers will check them in and shelve them using gloves.

Open Stacks - Users will be able to browse the stacks and select materials.

Touchless Checkout - The library's two check out stations at the Front Desk will have sneeze shields installed with bar code readers placed facing the front. Patrons hold their AU IDs under the reader, then scan the barcodes on their books. Reciepts are emailed. 

Digital Course Reserves - Faculty are asked to switch from physical reserves to digital reserves. To successfully accomplish this, please contact your library liaison ASAP so that we can identify, purchase, and provide links for use in Canvas.

Public Computers

  • Computers have been spread out across the library. We actually have more. 
  • Please wipe keyboard and mouse before use with disinfectant wipes.

Ask-A-Librarian - This service tripled in 2019-20.. We will continue to promote its use 7 days a week as the preferred method of assistance.

Online Library Instruction - Although we can visit your class, we would prefer to do it online via zoom, LibGuides, canned videos, etc.

Mail Out / Scan and Deliver- For students unable to come to the library we have several delivery systems. More...

Covid - Personal Advice During the Coronavirus

"Blessed by be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." II Corinthians 1:3-4.

Covid - Interlibrary Loan During the COVID-19 Event

InterLibrary Loan is up and running (currently) for article requests and book chapter requests (1 chapter per book). There may be a slight delay depending on the lender. Don't hesitate to submit your requests....we will let you know if we aren't able to get it.

Any currently borrowed ILL books that are in your possession have been renewed through April or longer.

Pascal Delivers has been completely shut down for the duration.  Currently borrowed PD books have also been renewed through April.

No new print ILL books may be requested for the duration.

Book drop available outside Thrift Library for any returns.

Online Resoures - How can the Thrift Library help you online? Watch our introductory video.

A rescue boat with many oarsmen is out on a stormy sea to help a ship in distress. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Need a Textbook?

During the short time before online classes began the Thrift Library searched for every textbook for every class and tried to obtain an eBook for unlimited users. 

FYI - We had already done that before the beginning of Spring semester and shared urls with faculty to load into Canvas - about one in ten titles. Unsurprisingly the second search was not very successful. We only found two additional titles, which we then shared with faculty to add to Canvas.

Bottom line - If a textbook is available for purchase for unlimited online users, we have bought it and made it available through the Library Catalog. Your instructor should have also posted the link in Canvas.

If you want to double check you can search the Library Catalog or the list in the box below.

eTextbooks Spring 2020

eTextbooks Spring 2020




Titles are in alphabetical order. Remember to look for your title under A, An, and The



Cost saved = Cost of one physical texbook X number of classes using that title X average class size (20).

This marks the largest percentage of textbooks ever supplied by the library  - about  25%.
*The number of pre-owned titles varies by semester and can greatly lower the library's cost.
**The library was unable to obtain a list of textbooks in time to make purchases for the Summer of 2020.

Exam Hours - What did we learn from the great experiment of Spring 2019? What did we learn from Fall 2019?

Its Here! The New York Times. On your phone and iPad its an App. On your computer it's a webpage.

 Subscribe to the New York Times, on your computer, iPad, and smartphone.

Just download the app, push the button, and voila, the New York Times, when and where you want it. 

  •  Content all the way back to volume 1.
  • Alerts. - Doing a paper on Brexit? Set up an alert. Just interested in the new Star Wars movie? Set up an alert. 
  • A supporting website for classroom teachers and students.

Watch Our New 4 min. Online Resources Video

How do you find the Thrift Library's

200+ databases

Half million eBooks, 

50,000 online journals,

263,000 streaming videos

2 million streaming audios?

Start with our new introductory video created by AU student - Bates Whitaker.


What do you mean it's all FREE? Are you kidding me?

Image Credit -   United States: c. 1956..A woman expresses shock and surprise at what her friend has just said.. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 2 Nov 2019.

Thrift LIbrary App - It's Free

One Button - Record your speeches and presentations with the push of a button

Thrift Library Equipment - We keep buying more

 Charging cables and adapters for iPads, Smart Phones (Apple and Android), Apple pencils, etc.

Thrift Library Video

New Mac Print stations at Thrift Library

Printing: Color = 25 cents a print   B&W = 5 cents a print

Scanning to your AU email = FREE!

Copying = same as printing cost



Printing on Main Floor of the Library


Printing on second floor of library! Near the stairs as well as in Bunton.

Follow Thrifty the Library Squirrel @thriftlib on the Insta!

Microphones, cameras, stands, cables, devices - The library has what you need to create media


Upgraded Database - Business Source Ultimate

  3,507 active full-text journals and magazines

  2,112 active full-text peer-reviewed journals

  20% Bigger than its predecessor Business Source Complete. 

  Includes many EconLit Full Text Titles

ProQuest Ebook Central is bigger and better!

BEP - Business Expert Press - 50 eBooks

HEB eBooks on Fulcrum

NEW - 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, available online and in print

New Database - Tumble Book Library - Animated Children's Books