COVID-19 Service Updates

Everything you need to know about Library services during the COVID-19 response.

Please send any questions you may have to and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

  1. Academic Commons Hours
  2. Electronic Resources
  3. Analog Materials (Books, etc)
  4. Digitization Services 
  5. Archives & Rare Books
  6. Course Reserves
  7. Information Literacy Instruction
  8. Research Help
  9. Academic Technology Support

Academic Commons Hours: The Academic Commons remains closed until further notice. 

Electronic Resources: The Library has dramatically expanded access to electronic scholarly information resources. Its corpus now includes more than 250 databases, as well as 75,000 scholarly journals and close to 700,000 ebooks. Many items in the Library’s print collection have also been linked to e-versions or equivalents. The best way to discover our e-resources is via OASys, Oxy’s comprehensive online catalog.

Analog Materials: Oxy’s extensive print book and journal collection, plus CDs, DVDs, microform, and other analog materials, are also discoverable via OASys.  Users can place holds on circulating items in the catalog and request either Curbside Pickup or mail delivery service. Alternatively, you can simply email requests to

Users can request analog materials held by other libraries via Link+ or Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). The Library is offering Curbside Pickup service for items borrowed from other libraries, but not mail delivery. Curbside Pickup Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the patio outside the main entrance to the Academic Commons.

Digitization Services: Faculty, students, and staff can request that analog materials in our collection be digitized. These include chapters in print books, articles in print journals, and other media, such as CDs, DVDs, and microform. Unless a book is in the public domain, we cannot digitize the whole work due to copyright law. We can also provide digital copies of CDs and DVDs in our collection for single users and specific class use. Digitization is a time-intensive service -- especially when it comes to large print orders and transferring media.  We ask for as much notice as possible. Depending on the number and type of requests we receive, fulfilment can range from one day to two weeks. Standard digitization requests, along with any questions relating to the service, should be sent to

Users can request digitization of rare and unique analog materials held in Special Collections and College Archives by contacting

Users can also request digital copies of materials held in other libraries via Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). ILLiad can be accessed directly or from the 360 Link to Full Text button found within database citations in our catalog.

Archives and Rare Books: Users can request primary source materials for teaching, learning and research. Class presentations and research materials can be delivered through virtual meetings or digital content. Contact a librarian at specialcollections@oxy.eduHistory is happening now! Oxy College Archives invites students, faculty and staff to participate in Documenting Life in the Pandemic. Contribute, preserve voices, and tell stories of your personal experiences with COVID-19, racial and social justice movements, and national events. You can upload your firsthand accounts, photographs, videos, audio records, and documents directly through our online portal.

Course Reserves: The Library supports classroom instruction by providing direct access to e-books, articles, and other scholarly resources requested by faculty to support their courses through Moodle.

This academic year, the Library and ASOC are collaborating in a pilot program that will allow a selected group of first- and second-year students to access textbooks online. This project aims to provide students with equitable access to required course materials. For the past several years, the Library and ASOC have provided a print Textbook Reserve Program (TRP) to help students avoid having to pay for expensive course materials. Because we’ll be remote this fall, we’re offering students in the pilot program the opportunity to access a select number of e-textbooks via BibliU at no charge. We’ll evaluate this e-TRP and then decide whether to continue, expand, or discontinue it next academic year. Our pilot program is intended to complement the textbook offerings the Oxy Bookstore provides to our students. Textbooks and other course materials are available for purchase or rent from the Bookstore in both print and digital formats.

Information Literacy Instruction: Incoming first-years can find us at Orientation and in Library workshops in their CSP courses. We can introduce you to the vast array of online research materials and help get you started. We also offer Library Research Workshops upon faculty request for students in their courses. We can help students with strengthening their literature reviews, locating primary sources, or working with digital publishing platforms, such as Scalar and Omeka.

Research Help: The Library provides Research Guides and Video Tutorials to help you access scholarly information resources remotely and provide tips for your research process.

If you have a quick question and need a fast answer, try Ask A Librarian. Our Chat Service is available from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Friday.

If you need help with class assignments or homework, use our Peer Learning Service.

Student Subject Advisers in a range of disciplines are available to clarify concepts, work on skills for various courses, and suggest useful study techniques. Subject Advisers can help you grasp course concepts, talk through readings for better comprehension, and develop discipline- specific study skills. Language Advisers (LAs) are undergraduate students and Visiting Language Assistants who work closely with Oxy students pursuing the study of language. LAs can help you to practice verbal language skills, practice pronunciation, and discuss readings for better comprehension.

If you’d like to discuss a term paper or comps with an expert at greater length, receive help by scheduling a 1-on-1 Research Consultation with a librarian or disciplinary specialist.

Academic Technology Support: Whether you’re new to video conferencing and Moodle or want to dive into projects using Adobe, music production software, app making, or digital humanities tools, our staff and student workers can help you find your way to the right tools and technology support. Get started with our Video Tutorials or reach us via the Help Desk. If you’d like to borrow a laptop, wifi hotspot, webcam, or some other technology tool to support your remote classes or research projects, try our Tech Lending support program. Students can borrow items for the duration of the Fall Semester.