Library Remote Resources and Services

Last updated March 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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When the Library is closed, there are many ways we can provide students and faculty with expert help and services!

Get Online Help

  • Ask Us! Email us  We are happy to set up a Zoom session!
    Last minute citation question? Want help with research? Need recommendations on e-resources for your class? Ask us! You can email us, or chat from the convenience of your home!

Librarian Consultations

  • Subject Librarian
    Librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom).
  • Scholarly Communication & Publishing staff
    Experts are available to assist remotely with questions about online courses, copyright, open access, digital scholarship, and research data management.

Technology Access

  • OCCC Library allows currently registered students to borrow chromebooks for free.  We have a limited number, please email us if you’d like to reserve one.
  • Did you know? All OCCC current students and instructors that need to use Zoom for teaching and learning are eligible for a free license.
  • Check out online tutorials covering Canvas, Zoom, and other teaching technologies, for instructors and students:

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.
  • Reach out to your subject librarian for advice and make reserve requests.
    • Read the UW blog post on Alternates vs. Equivalents to help save time and guide your search.
    • With Libraries closed, students will be unable to borrow physical textbooks from the Library — 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 the following 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.
  • Canvas: The Libraries supports instructors using Canvas in many ways, including a “Library Resources” link  which has been added to the navigation of all Canvas courses. 

Streaming Video

  • The Library  provides stable access to thousands of streaming video through Films on Demand and online databases.

Online Materials and Tools

The OCCC Library  has loads of digital materials available for you.

  • Articles & Research Databases
    We have over a hundred databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
  • Research Guides
    Librarian tips and recommended online resources by topic
  • Off-Campus Access
    If you are not on campus, log in to your Canvas course to access library databases and other resources!

Interlibrary Loan

  • At this time and until further notice Interlibrary Loan services will be limited to electronic articles and materials only.
  • Interlibrary loan, returns, and other access services: for the health and safety of all employees, all Libraries staff are working remotely, and physical collections are unavailable to scan or pick-up at this time. Please see Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources for information on all access services, including fines/fees for overdue materials.

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.