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COVID-19 Library Services & Collections Guide

Our COVID-19 Library Services & Collections help guide is a one-stop-shop for ebooks, streaming films, trial databases, interlibrary loan procedures, and the Library’s evolving COVID-19 policies.

Check out our COVID-19 Library Services & Collections help guide!

While our building remains closed, the Library is still here for you, with expanded online collections and librarians and staff available to help you virtually, via our Ask a Librarian Services (chat, text, email, and zoom).

We’ve put our COVID-19 e-resources and policies into one, convenient help guide.

COVID-19 Library Services & Collections:

The help guide brings together new ebook collections and databases we have acquired, as well as key changes to due dates/renewals, course reserves, interlibrary loan, and other Library services due to COVID-19. It’s a one-stop-shop for links to streaming content, ebooks, trial databases, and the Library’s evolving COVID-19 policies.

Many of these online resources have been made available by publishers like MIT Press and University of California Press for a limited time in response to the crisis. Please visit the guide at


The Library has been working with faculty to purchase ebook editions (where available) of required texts previously available on physical reserve. We are prioritizing ebooks in response to the move to remote learning.

We invite faculty, staff, and students to send all ebook requests to their subject liaison librarian.

Please note: Discovery Search does not show all the ebooks we have access to. For best results, search within individual ebook databases on the eBooks Guide or COVID-19 Library Services & Collections guide. ProQuest Ebook Central and eBook Collection on EbscoHost are two good library databases to start with. And there are many more ebook databases listed on both help guides!


Along with ebooks, the Library is prioritizing streaming films. Rebecca Oling has been working closely with AVON, Swank, kanopy, and other vendors to acquire streaming films needed for courses.

Please search through all the streaming databases on our Multimedia & Streaming guide. If we don’t have access to a film in one of these databases, and you would like to request streaming rights, please email

Purchase College Physical Collections:

While it saddens us to say this, the Purchase College Library cannot currently provide access to any items in our physical collections. This includes special collections, archival materials, bound journals, and senior projects in our print archives. With our staff working remotely, we do not have the personnel on-site to scan-on-demand. You may request book chapters or articles electronically via Interlibrary Loan. Librarians are happy to work with you to find alternative, digital sources.

This is why it’s so critical to make use of the Library’s vast online collections, both from Discovery Search and the COVID-19 Library Services & Collections help guide!