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COVID-19 directly affected EKU Library operations both physically and virtually.  

Please be mindful that while the library is continuing to offer many of the same services it had pre-COVID, there may be modifications to existing procedures, additions of new policies, or adjustments to existing services.

For a complete guide related to the repercussions of COVID-19 on the working of EKU Library, please visit the comprehensive guide EKU Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the most up-to-date information.  [Excerpts from said guide can be found below.]

EKU Libraries COVID-19: Current Response, Operations, and Services

This page contains all relevant information related to EKU Libraries current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to virtual services, and other helpful links.


Last updated November 9, 2020

Preparing for Online Teaching

There are multiple ways that EKU Libraries can assist you in preparing your course and in providing access to digital library materials.



  • Librarians will continue to provide assistance through our the online help service.
  • Live chat reference help is available Monday thru Thursday, 8 am - 7:00 pm EST and Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm EST. If we are not online please email us your question and will be respond within 24 hours, excepting weekends.
  • Contact your library liaison - they may be able to point you toward subject specific resources on conducting library research, articles you could embed in your Blackboard modules, and more.


Streaming Videos

EKU Libraries features a growing number of licensed streaming video collections. We encourage you to check these databases for videos that you can use in your courses.


If you are hoping to use a specific film in your course, please keep in mind:

  • We are not able to obtain feature films. In the past, we have recommended that faculty ask students rent to the film on Amazon, iTunes, or get a Netflix subscription. That may still be an option, but know this might be a hardship for students.
  • EKU Libraries is happy to help you search to see if there is a streaming version of the film available in our streaming collections or through YouTube or Vimeo. Just use the "Ask Us" widget on the right of this page!
  • If there is not a streaming version available, we recommend that you submit a Library Express request for the film. This does not guarantee that we can get a streaming film, but this ensures it gets in the request pipeline where we can track and follow-up.
  • If you need help linking anything in Blackboard, we have a helpful guide that explains it all!


Books & Journals

  • Articles and eBooks in our extensive database collections can be linked into your Blackboard course modules.
  • If you need help linking anything in Blackboard, we have a helpful guide that explains it all!
  • Additionally, many vendors are now opening up their eBook content for free during the COVID-19 Outbreak. So please also check our Database A-Z list of COVID-19 Free offers that is being updated daily.


Virtual Information Literacy Instruction

  • We may be able to provide asynchronous or even synchronous information literacy instruction for your classes through a variety of ways. Interested or just curious? Start the conversation by contacting your library liaison.
  • Consider using one of our Information Literacy Toolkits. Our toolkits offer faculty the plans and resources for employing EKU Libraries pedagogy. Many of our toolkits have already been adapted for use in Blackboard.


Digital Learning Objects

We have digital learning objects that we can share with you or embed in your Blackboard class that teach your students how to use and find credible, relevant, and scholarly resources.

Check out:

  • The EKU Libraries YouTube page features many screen casts to guide your students in conducting research using online library resources. 
  • Our Ask Us homepage which features multiple FAQs on common library and information literacy related questions
  • Contact your library liaison - they may be able to point you toward subject specific resources on conducting library research or help you pull something together quickly.


External Resources

To support higher education librarians at college, research, community college, and special libraries who have questions about supporting the rapid shift from in-person instruction and research to remote, a group of library copyright experts are offering informational office hours via Zoom.

These experts will be available over the next week and have collected the following information:


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