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Library and Learning Commons Services Update - Summer 2020

Course Reserves and Textbooks Update

As you know, Seattle University announced the extension of classes to be held remotely as we support efforts to promote public health. At this time, the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is closed until further notice, pending the guidance of public health officials and the University. The physical collection of the Library will most likely not be available for use within the foreseeable future. For public health reasons, it is not possible to retrieve physical items from the library and the library is not able to digitize materials. This includes print materials that may have been put on reserve before the closure, or materials from the library’s circulating collection.

The library is committed to supporting instruction through maintaining course reserves and providing access to academic materials in electronic format online when possible. Guides, resources and services are available to help students be successful in their courses.

For Students

Access to Reserve Materials?

For items that are normally placed on print reserve, the library is working with instructors to identify an electronically available version of the item. This includes purchasing an electronic version of the item if possible. Please contact Aaron Morgan for questions for items that are already on reserve.

Access to Textbooks

Library Faculty and staff are actively looking for textbooks that are available electronically. We are working with students individually to find material that is essential to success in your class. This includes materials that are required, recommended or suggested. To discuss what options are available to you, please contact the librarian for your subject. You can find a list of subject liaison librarians here.

Seattle University Campus Store

The campus store works every angle to provide students with the best prices—from partnering with faculty to choose the most cost-efficient items—to offering used, rental, and digital books. Shop online.

Textbook Rental

Students can rent most of the textbooks they need for the quarter (in paper or digital) for up to 80% off and then return them (free return shipping) at the end of the term. And, at any point before the last day of finals, the option to convert to purchase is available. Simply log on to your account, find your existing rental and choose “convert to purchase.” Pay only the difference in price between rental and purchase, and the book is yours to keep. More information on textbook rental.

Textbook Scholarship

If you need a textbook, please start by contacting your subject librarian. They will see if the library is able to purchase an electronic copy. If an electronic copy is not available, the library will connect you to the Campus Store for scholarship funds to purchase a replacement copy. You can find your subject librarian here

If you are awarded funds, Campus Store Manager Marc Parrish will contact you via email with instructions on how to use your grant online. If you have any questions about the program please contact Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. 

For Faculty and Instructors

Access to Reserve Materials

For items that are normally placed on print reserve, the library will work with students to identify an electronically available version of the item. This includes purchasing an electronic version of the item if possible. If there is no electronic version of the item you need, we will work with you to identify alternative materials you can use. Please contact Aaron Morgan for questions for items that are already on reserve.

Access to Textbooks

Library Faculty and staff are actively engaging with publishers to see what opportunities and availabilities we may have in the eBook and textbook arena. We will work with students 1:1 to identify materials that are essential to support learning and academic success. This includes materials that are required, recommended or suggested. If you would like to proactively have the library see if your class textbooks are available online, please contact your liaison librarian. You can find their contact information here.

Seattle University Campus Store

The Campus Store is working with the library to allocate textbook scholarship funds to assist students who need to repurchase texts or need textbooks that the library is unable to purchase. If you have questions about this fund and how it can help your students, please contact Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

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