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Open Education Resources (OER): Alternatives to OER

Library Books & Ebooks

The library may already have the book your students need!

There are hundreds of thousands of ebooks in the collection, many of which can be used by a whole class simultaneously. Search WorldCat Discovery to find the book you need, or to discover new titles.

Kanopy Streaming Video

Supplement your required reading or classroom instruction with this enormous collection of streaming media, free to SU faculty & students.

Course Reserves in the Library

Faculty members are encouraged to place course materials on reserve at the circulation desk in the Smith Library for students to use for free. Materials can include:


  • Textbooks

  • CDs & DVDs

  • Library materials

  • Almost anything with enough mass to support a barcode sticker!


There are several types of reserves:

  • Closed – for 3 hour use within the library only

  • 24-Hour, 3-Day, 5-Day – must be returned to the library within a certain time

Bring your materials to Smith Library, or submit your list of library items to Becky Rockwell or Andy Kulp.


Copying materials to place on reserve?

Federal copyright law places several limits on library reserve collections. Faculty members must obtain permission from the copyright holder for copied items placed on reserve for longer than one semester. This provision applies even if the library or the professor owns the item which is duplicated.

For more information, contact Andy Kulp at (540) 665-5444.