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Libraries Remote Resources and Services

Last updated August 7, 2020

When the Libraries are closed, there are many ways we can provide students and faculty with expert help and services on this page.

Helpful Links:

  • Libraries Phased Reopening Chart - PDF

See also specific policies and resources from UW Bothell / Cascadia College Library and UW Tacoma Library

Get Online Help 24/7

  • Ask Us! Email or chat 24/7
    You can email us, or chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the convenience of your home! This service is staffed by UW Librarians during normal business hours. At peak service times or during off-hours, you may be chatting with a librarian from another academic library.


Technology Access

Online Resources for Teaching

  • E-Resources: In addition to online resources already in the collection, the Libraries may be able to purchase online resources, such as textbooks and streaming video, for instructors.
  • E-Books for Courses. While our physical libraries are closed, we continue to support instructors and students through e-content requests for course reserves. Reach out to your subject librarian for advice and make reserve requests using the Ebook Course Reserve Request Form.
    • Read our blog post on Alternates vs. Equivalents to help save time and guide your search.
    • Know that not all e-resources are available to purchase for online, educational or classroom use.
    • With Libraries closed, students will be unable to borrow physical textbooks from the Libraries -- a challenge especially for those who are unable to afford the expense. Textbook publishers generally don't sell e-books to libraries, adding to the challenge; however, Libraries can help you find and determine appropriate alternate options:
        • Consider open textbooks and resources (freely available, openly licensed materials) for use in your course. Use the search tools available on our guides UW Seattle OER GuideUW Bothell OER GuideUW Tacoma OER Guide to find existing open textbooks or create and publish your own open resources for your course. Ask a librarian to help locate relevant open content.
        • Consider non-academic practitioner e-books intended for professional readers. Ask a librarian to recommend and purchase an e-book.
  • Online publishing platforms: For faculty looking to personally augment course learning or incorporate online publishing into student assignments, the Libraries offers training on how to create and publish your own online course materials. Explore Libraries open publishing platforms like Manifold, Pressbooks, and Reclaim Hosting.
  • Instructor Toolkit: Learn more about Libraries workshops, assignment design and more!
  • Canvas: The Libraries supports instructors using Canvas in many ways, including a "UW Libraries" page which can be added to the navigation of any Canvas course. For more customized content or assistance, instructors can add a Subject Librarian to their course using the "Librarian" Canvas role. The Libraries also provides instructors with research-specific course content via the Canvas Commons repository.
  • Understand the copyright issues when rapidly shifting your course from in-person to remote learning

Streaming Video

  • Streaming Video
    The Libraries provides stable access to thousands of streaming video through our collections and online databases.

    Online Materials and Tools

    The UW Libraries have loads of digital materials available for you.

    • UW Libraries Search
      Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on ebooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.
    • Install the Proxy Bookmarklet: The UW Libraries' proxy bookmarklet lets you log into the off-campus proxy service without having to always start from the Libraries website. We recommend you install the proxy bookmarklet on your browser's bookmarks toolbar.
    • Articles & Research Databases
      We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
    • E-Newspapers
      The Libraries provides access to thousands of reliable news sources through our news databases.  For current news, use Access World News, Factiva, and U.S. Newsstream.
    • Research Guides
      Librarian tips and recommended online resources by topic
    • Off-Campus Access
      While working off-campus, use Husky OnNet or log in via the Libraries website to access library databases and other resources! Be sure to configure Husky OnNet to work with library resources.

    Interlibrary Loan and Related Services

    • Interlibrary Loan continues to fill requests for articles and book chapters. Any requests that cannot be filled with electronic resources will be requested from other libraries. Requests may take longer than normal. Some requests may be cancelled if another library is unable to fulfill the request.
    • For information on fines, fees, returns and overdue materials, please see Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources.

    Renew Books Online

    You can also renew your books online - just log into Your Library Account. You will see your active loans displayed on the Loans section. Look for the title you need to renew and click renew. You can also renew all your active loans by selecting Renew All.

      Contact Us

      Have other remote needs? New ideas for how the Libraries can help you off-campus? Send your comments to us.