To: Faculty, Other Academic Appointees, Postdocs, and Students
From: Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
Subject: Remote Library Access
Date: April 7, 2020
Due to the extension of the stay-at-home order for Illinois through at least April 30, all academic and administrative buildings on campus, including all libraries, will remain closed to everyone but essential personnel until further notice.
The Library staff has moved many of their resources and services online to support the University’s academic needs remotely. In particular, the following are available to you online:
  • An expanded Ask-a-Librarian service, where librarians can work with you individually;
  • Increased digital collections through many collaborations, including the Hathi Trust;
  • A resource guide [expired link removed] that lists expanded and upgraded access that has been made available by various publishers and databases;
  • Digitized collections from Special Collections and Archives, the Map Library, and general collections;
  • Remote library instruction to support students in remote learning, including instruction sessions.
More information on these and other resources is available on the Library website.
We understand many students use library computers and connectivity for their coursework. College students with crucial technology needs should access the College’s Technology Request Form and they may also reach out to the Center for College Student Success. Graduate students should contact their respective Dean of Students for support.
We know it is difficult to not have access to such a critical part of our learning environment, and we look forward to reopening Regenstein and other University buildings as soon as it is safe to do so. I extend my thanks to Brenda Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian, and her team for their efforts to support remote teaching and learning this quarter.