Updates on Library Services

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

Please send any questions you may have to library@oxy.edu and we will respond as quickly as possible. You can also visit our COVID Updates FAQ page for additional information.


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

Oxy Books:  Books - along with other analog materials - belonging to Occidental College will be automatically renewed. We encourage our borrowers not to return them until the end of the semester. Library items that are returned late will not be charged any fees. 

Books from Other Libraries: We're moving to e-only resource-sharing for the foreseeable future.  Books currently checked out via ILL or Link+ will be automatically renewed. We encourage our borrowers not to return them until the end of the semester.

Please contact our Resource Sharing department at docdel@oxy.edu with any questions.

National Emergency Library: Need an eBook and can't find it in our catalog? Explore the National Emergency Library (https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary), a collection of nearly 1.5 million books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, and intellectual stimulation while libraries are closed. After signing up for an account, users can borrow up to 10 books at a time.

Online Resources:  Online resources will continue to be accessible to the Oxy community. Certain resources, such as databases, may require an Oxy login.

For those who have trouble accessing library resources from off-campus, we are advising them to go to https://www.oxy.edu/offices-services/its/help to troubleshoot.

Course Reserves, E-content and Digitization: We are working with faculty to identify which titles (both print and video) they currently have on reserve are essential, and for which we need to try to find a digital version. We are also open to requests from faculty for new acquisitions, such as e-books, to support their remote classes.  Requests can be submitted here: https://oasys.lib.oxy.edu/acquire.

We understand that, given this unprecedented situation, electronic access to our resources is absolutely vital. Therefore, we are establishing a digitization operation designed to transfer analog course reserves to electronic content to support classes.  We are following the guidelines set forth by the recently issued Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research (link: https://tinyurl.com/tvnty3a). In short, "It is evident that making materials available and accessible to students in this time of crisis will almost always be a fair use.”

Following these guidelines, any course materials we digitize will be restricted to students enrolled in the course. Furthermore, the content will only be available for the period of time needed.

See our Library Policy Regarding Digitization Services During the COVID-19 Response for more information.

Textbook Reserves: Many of the textbooks placed on reserve by ASOC are available via VitalSource, an e-textbook vendor, that is providing access to an expansive catalog of digital learning materials through May 25, 2020, free of charge. Students can download the VitalSource Bookshelf app, create an account using their Oxy email, and then view course materials from participating publishers by utilizing its Explore discovery capabilities.

Consultations & Workshops:  Library specialists and librarians are available for individual appointments for classroom preparation or research consultations by phone or email. Visit LibCal to make an appointment. 

Specialists and librarians who are scheduled to teach classes in the remaining part of the semester will reach out to faculty to make arrangements.

To schedule a live or recorded workshop, Oxy faculty can contact Jacob Sargent (sargent@oxy.edu) or Dale Stieber (dstieber@oxy.edu).

Critical Making: The Critical Making Studio (CMS), Audio Booth, Virtual Reality Studio (Rm 124) and the Equipment Checkout  are closed at this time. If you have an item checked out from the CMS Equipment Room, please contact Darren Hall (halld@oxy.edu) about returning. 

Peer Learning (Subject and Language Advisers): Support hours moved online using Google-suite tools. Please visit https://www.oxy.edu/academics/library/cdla/peer-learning for more information. 

Special Collections & College Archives: Will remain open by appointment only. Faculty with coursework or instruction dependent on Special Collections materials should contact the applicable archivist or email specialcollections@oxy.edu. Students, especially seniors, should also contact SC&CA staff at specialcollections@oxy.edu to ensure access to necessary non-circulating materials. Oxy student and faculty digitization needs will be prioritized over general research.

Placement tests and exemption exams: Spanish, French and German placement tests are available online. Go to Moodle and select the Language Placement Test or click here: Language Placement Tests. Placement tests for Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic; and exemption exams for all languages—including languages not offered at Oxy—will not be offered this semester. If you have any questions, please email Yovanna Cifuentes-Goodbody at mcifuentes@oxy.edu.