Textbook Support at the Library

The library provides services and resources that can help instructors keep course material costs down for their students. Although the library is financially unable to purchase required textbooks for students, we do have resources and services that can help lower the cost to students.

Course reserve, both print and electronic, is provided through the library. Print reserves are materials held in the library and made available for limited loan periods which you select. Both library-owned and the instructor’s personal/desk copy (yes) can be placed on course reserve. Electronic or ‘e-reserve’ enables students in a course to access assignments, readings, and practice exams anywhere, anytime through the library’s catalog. Some materials for e-reserve may require copyright clearance and the library’s staff is happy to help instructors with analysis of fair use and/or rights checking. Learn more at course reserve or email library@mtu.edu with your questions or ideas.

Most of the library’s licensed  journal, ebook, and video content can easily be linked into your Canvas course site, providing students access to affordable course content. All ebooks are discoverable by searching the library catalog or Search tab. Journals, videos and e-book collections, which consist of a large number of books on similar topics or from a single publisher, can also be found through the Library Databases A to Z search. Some ebook collections like SpringerLink also offer discounted and/or inexpensive softbound print versions of many of the works in their collections. For instructions on linking the library’s licensed content into your Canvas course see our Copyright in the Classroom guide.

Open educational resources or OERs are course materials that are freely available on the internet. Many colleges and universities have adopted OERs to help defray the high costs of course materials for their students. The library’s OER Guide features OER repositories and publishers, plus additional information on OERs. The library can also assist instructors who want to create their own open educational resources. Contact digitalcommons@mtu.edu to get started!

Whether you need to share an article or are ready to create your own course content, the library is here to help! Contact library@mtu.edu.


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