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Are you aware of the many new online resources and services provided by the Library? Are you wondering how you can adapt your research assignments to the online format? Do you have a plan for how you’ll address information literacy and research skills in your fall courses? Learn more using the toggles below.

New Tutorials from the Library

The Library has an updated Tutorials page on our website, which you can reach by hovering over the word “Research” and selecting “Tutorials” from the drop-down menu. This page is designed for student use, but faculty may also find it helpful for their own work or for sharing with students. Most of the video tutorials are short and provide a quick introduction to basic research skills and tools or technology. We have more tutorial options on our Library and Information Literacy Instruction page for faculty, but if you want a video on a topic not covered on either page or want to pair videos with other instruction from librarians, get in touch with us at

Library and Information Literacy Instruction

Do you have a plan for how you’ll address information literacy and research skills in your fall courses? Are you wondering how you can adapt your research assignments to the online format? Let the Harper College librarians help you identify the skills and tools your students need, recommend resources, and work directly with students to offer personalized help.

We have created a new Library and Information Literacy guide outlining our available services. On this page, you will find:

  • Online learning materials you can share with students
  • High impact instruction options, including having a librarian available in your Blackboard site

Many students are still new to online learning, and extra support from the Library can make a real difference in their ability to complete assignments, develop key information literacy skills, and stick with courses until completion. Online library instruction gives students targeted, personal help where and when they need it.

If you would like to discuss our online offerings, or ask any other questions about Library services, please email us at

Add Library Videos to Blackboard

Wondering how to add copyrighted videos to your online courses? Need a specific film for fall semester?

Browse the Library’s webpage of video platforms using this link.

Questions? Need assistance? Email Kim Fournier, Librarian:

Library Curbside Services for Fall 2020

We’re happy to announce that the Library will begin offering limited curbside circulation services to students, faculty, and staff! To request an item for check out, a hold must be placed through the Library’s catalog. Library staff will notify the requester when the item(s) are available to be picked up in parking lot 2A. Requested items will be held for 14 days.

You can access your Library account and place a hold here. Follow this guide to learn how to place holds. For more details on curbside hours and procedures, visit the Curbside Services webpage.

Questions? Email Melissa Merlos, Circulation Supervisor:

Course Reserves

The Library’s Textbook Reserve collection is not available for student use. If you would like to retrieve your textbook reserve, so that you can make portions available to students in Blackboard, please email Textbook pick-up can be arranged during the Library’s curbside services hours.

As always, your library liaison is eager to work with you! Liaisons help you find online course materials (articles, videos, ebooks, etc.) from the Library’s online collections. Your liaison can also search for ebook versions of textbooks to purchase for student use. However, please note, most publishers do not offer e-textbook licensing to libraries. Contact your liaison or email to investigate e-textbooks for student use.

Library Chat Service

Synchronous chat is available 24/7, provided by Harper librarians during our regular hours and librarians at partner schools after hours. We help students, faculty, and staff with questions big or small. We have switched to a new software, LibAnswers, to manage many of our reference services. LibAnswers offers additional functionality and should make our chat easier for everyone to find and use. You will notice our live chat service is now available via a blue “Chat with a Librarian” button on the right side of all Library webpages. We also have a link to our chat service as well as a growing FAQ and other contact options on the following webpage.

If you previously bookmarked or shared our old chat site with students, please update your links to the above URL or direct people to the Library homepage to find the “Chat with a Librarian” tab:

Questions? Send an email to: