Fall course materials requests underway, end to emergency access

May 7, 2021

As the campus prepares for more in-person learning, teaching, and research, we're getting ready to fully serve those activities. 

Fall access

In the fall, you'll see a return to many or most of our in-person services; expanded availability and hours in our specialized facilities and study spaces; readier access to library-use-only collections; and expanded circulation of our physical collection. 

We expect some constraints to remain to allow for public health recommendations and the processing of materials that have continued to arrive throughout the pandemic, when our buildings were entirely or mostly off-limits to our staff.

Throughout the fall we will reassess, and expand access and hours as conditions allow. Our website will always have the most up-to-date information about the status of our services and buildings. 

Because we'll be circulating the physical collection at near pre-pandemic capacity by fall, we will discontinue the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service at the end of the summer term. Keep in mind that even without this emergency access, HathiTrust holds 17.4 million items, all of them fully searchable, and 6.8 million of them open to view, read, or download in full.

Requests for materials

Faculty who intend to submit requests for fall course materials should do so as soon as possible. While this is always helpful, more lead time is especially important this year; in mid-June, the library will begin migrating the catalog to our new technology platform — the final stage of a multi-year project to modernize the technology we use to manage our collection. During the migration (which will take up to six weeks), we will not be able to initiate the acquisition of materials not currently in our collection. 

If your fall course plans to use materials that you want the library to purchase or license, you must submit your request by May 24, and we'll do our best to help make sure your students have the materials they need. 

We will hold all requests for new materials received during the migration and process them after the transition is complete, prioritizing fall course needs.

Last year, we created a new service to help faculty find and acquire appropriate course materials (including open access and digital content). We are continuing this service for the foreseeable future. 

Visit the Course Materials Support web pages and submit requests as soon as possible.


by Alan Piñon


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