Remote Resources for Brandeis Library Users
When the Brandeis Library building is closed, or you prefer to work remotely, the Library can still provide you with expert help and services. This page will be updated as our remote resource evolve in response to COVID-19. Check our Library Hours page for the latest info about building hours and available service points.
- Subject librarians and specialists can be emailed directly or questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research consultations can be conducted via Zoom Web Conference. Please contact your subject librarian or a specialist to schedule an appointment.
- Research help is available during service hours via the online chat at brandeis.edu/library. More information on research help.
- Citation program help for Zotero and EndNote is also available via Zoom or email consultation. Make a Zotero Appointment, make an EndNote Appointment, or email email@example.com
- The Library is moving its workshop series online this summer, including sessions on data services & software, citation, library research skills, GIS, Arduino electronics, and more! Visit our calendar to learn more.
Support for Teaching
- Library staff can link Library resources to courses through LATTE.
- Explore the Library's film streaming services for films related to your class. We subscribe to three platforms: Kanopy, Academic Video Online, and Docuseek2. Many Kanopy films are available for immediate viewing. Faculty can request Kanopy films for their class that we don't currently have access to, and the Library will be able to fulfill requests for classes. Even if the film you need is not in one of these three services, the Library is happy to explore options for purchasing and/or licensing. Please continue to submit requests to Library Reserves (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will work with you.
- Library staff can consult with faculty about ways to revise course assignments if original plans are no longer feasible.
- Consult with Library staff about options for providing research instruction to your students. Options may include customized instructional materials for courses, including online research guides and interactive tutorials, or providing instruction sessions via Zoom. Librarians can discuss which options are feasible and will most effectively meet the needs of your class.
- Faculty can use the course reserve request form to request electronic copies of materials even if they are physically on reserve. The Library will purchase or digitize what we need to in order to preserve the continuity of courses. Please prioritize requests for what materials are essential or required readings.
- If you would like the Library to order a copy of an e-book for your class, please complete the course reserve request form. Please note that not all books are available as e-books for purchase by libraries, but we will do our best to fulfill requests.
- The Center for Teaching & Learning and campus partners have put together a page about Teaching Continuity.
Online Materials and Tools
- Brandeis Library has many digital materials to support your research, teaching, and learning.
- Log in to Library resources with your Brandeis Account before you start searching to ensure that you have access to online content available through Brandeis Library subscriptions.
- When possible, please link to articles and other items in library databases, rather than uploading PDFs to LATTE.
- Explore Library research guides to find recommended resources and research tips.
- Archives & Special Collections can provide digital access to some materials via email, Box, or other electronic avenues. Digitized materials are also available on the Internet Archive, HathiTrust and Brandeis Institutional Repository:
- The Brandeis Institutional Repository is an digital collection of online materials for research, including digitized materials from Archives and Special Collections, faculty publications, masters and senior honors theses, Brandeis University Press publications, and more.
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL) offers free access to book chapters, articles, and other materials needed for coursework and scholarly research which are not currently available in the Brandeis Library. If you need a complete book, note that in your request and we may be able to purchase an e-book. Availability may be affected by current restrictions at Brandeis and other institutions.
- Document Delivery allows users to request scanned chapters and articles as well as microform materials in the Brandeis Library collection.
- The Library will continue to operate online portions of our services. Content like articles and book chapters will continue to be available. The situation is fluid, but the Library strives to maintain strong continuity of services to meet your needs.
- Research Technology & Innovation is offering the following:
- Consultations available via zoom.
- Workshops or lectures available via Zoom.
- Limited design as a service and fabrication as a service.
- Remote 3D scanning as a service (send digital files).
- Limited remote desktop seats in DS Lab (8). Provisioned on a case by case basis.
- Meeting with research & entrepreneurial teams to support projects virtually/online as much as is possible
- Sound & Image Media Studios is offering the following:
- Guidance on creating media with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. See this page on the ITS website for information about requesting and installing the software.
- Recommendations on other media creation tools (including alternative software and best practices with smartphones).
- Online face-to-face and screen-sharing consultations via Zoom.
- Instructional sessions for courses or workshops for other groups via Zoom.
- Recommendations on video tutorials about media production, including curated playlists from LinkedIn Learning.
- Email Mark Dellelo for more information.
Borrowing, Renewing and Returning Materials
Starting on July 6, any current Brandeis faculty, staff, and students can request materials for Contactless Pick Up or Ship to Home.
- Books and media, including Interlibrary Loan materials, may be returned in the Library’s book return at the Usdan-facing entrance of Goldfarb Library.
- Due dates will be updated automatically. You will receive an email when your due dates are updated. Any fines accrued while the Library is closed will be waived.
- Please do not return equipment (laptops, calculators, headphones, etc.) via the book returns.