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Library Services Update

Many library services have now resumed. Contactless Pick-up is available for local materials and I-Share at both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library during the following service hours:
  • John T. Richardson Library Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Loop Library: Monday/Wednesday 12-4pm
Reservations are available for computer use and independent study on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.
The DePaul University Library is committed to continuing to support teaching, learning and research during this time. We continue to offer the following services:
  • Virtual access to all e-resources
  • Virtual research help through our Ask a Librarian service
  • Virtual instruction services, including Zoom sessions, Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) instruction, and asynchronous online tutorials and guides  
    • Please let me know if you are interested in an online library instruction session for your classes.
    • Alternatively, I can create customized guides for your specific course. For a full list of our research guides, visit
  • Course reserves setup and support, including digitization and access to e-books, book chapters, articles and streaming media
  • Electronic access to book chapters, articles and other digital materials through our interlibrary loan service as well as interlibrary loan of physical materials

Course Materials: Affordability and Access
The Faculty Select Database
While we navigate the shifting landscape caused by the pandemic, affordable and accessible course materials will continue to be priorities for student learning and success long after we return to campus. The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new tool to help you locate and request course materials that address these priorities: open educational resources (OER) or e-books.  Every record in this database is either for an openly licensed book or an unrestricted e-book.  Learn more about how to navigate and request these books through the following Library blog post: 
Faculty Select: A New Library Database to Help you Select Materials for Upcoming Courses
Additional Information about Open Educational Resources (OER)
A variety of OER can also be located and accessed through the collections listed on the Library’s 
Open Educational Resources guide

Update Your Google Scholar Settings to Continue Full-Text Access

Over the summer, the DePaul University Library introduced new and improved systems, including the link resolver that connects you to full text articles at DePaul.

Instructions on how to update your settings can be found here.

Library's new streaming video purchasing policy

For online and hybrid classes, streaming licenses will be pursued upon request if the Library has an existing contract with the streaming vendor.  The Library will purchase a single year license, when available. For face-to-face classes, new streaming licenses for individual titles will only be pursued in exceptional circumstances, such as when multiple classes are all using the film. For titles that will be shown in a face-to-face class, the library will instead pursue a DVD copy of the film if the library does not already have one in their collection. 
The current exception to this policy is content the university has been licensing through
Swank. The model for Swank content is currently in transition. For Spring 2016 quarter the library is asking faculty members to limit their requests for Swank titles to films that are required viewing for all students and that must be viewed outside of class.  Starting in September 2016, the library expects to have a large suite of Swank films (approximately 150 titles) available to all DePaul users for the year.  This includes a large number of titles commonly requested in the past.  The titles in this collection can change from year to year but there will be less flexibility for mid-year additions.  As a result, the library anticipates having a much more limited ability to support new requests for classes during the year and will instead primarily rely on DVDs to fill these needs. If there are films you anticipate needing next year, that will be required viewing for all of your students and that will not be shown in class, please let Cynthia Petts (, the Collections & E-Resources assistant, know so that these titles can be considered for part of the suite of content next year.

Digitizing 35mm Colour Negatives

request form

For those that need to digitize 35mm colour negatives and photographs, the Library’s Digital Services Department has the equipment and offers the service to faculty.

There is a form that faculty member must complete:

Materials would need to be delivered to the Richardson Library in room 209.


DePaul Library Update

The library just shared this update:

The DePaul University Library will be migrating the Library's Web site to the SharePoint platform this summer, with an expected launch on August 28, after the end of the summer session. Most major library systems will continue to operate unchanged as will the structure of our site during this migration, so if you are familiar with how our current site is organized, you will find the new one similar in almost every respect.

The Library wants faculty to be especially aware that our URLs will change when we migrate, so with the exception of the Library Homepage, all other URLs beginning with will need to be updated in your course materials and D2L.

Starting July 25th, the Library will make the new Web site available to faculty and students at special locations in the Richardson and Loop Campus libraries. More information on the specifics will be communicated closer to that time. Please contact the Library's Coordinator for Web Services, M Ryan Hess, if you have any questions.


Library News For Faculty

Reposting from the Library...

If you have been at DePaul for any length of time, you know that we take pride in the fact that "the city is our classroom" and in the many academic programs that take advantage of the opportunities the city provides for teaching, learning, and research. The DePaul University Library has been a long-time partner to academic programs that, in the spirit of our strategic plan, aim "to deepen the university’s distinctive connection to the global city of Chicago." For example, many of you know that we contribute to the "Common Hour" instruction that takes place as part of first-year program’s "Chicago Quarter" courses (and are currently assessing the impact of that contribution as part of a research grant funded by the Association of College & Research Libraries). For classes conducting Chicago-centered research, librarians also provide specialized instruction and research consultations that promote more informed use of popular and scholarly sources documenting the life of the city. We also provide specialized service for those wishing to learn more about the city through our Chicago Collection and our Chicago Research Guide(s). We collect rare books, manuscripts, and other materials as part of our Chicago collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives and are active partners in the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative. Finally, and most recently, we have established active partnerships with colleagues at our nearest neighbor in the cultural heritage community as part of DePaul’s partnership with the Chicago History Museum.


Persistent Link Tool


Josh Lund was looking for a good permalink for an article, so he asked a librarian. They directed him to their brand new permalink tool, which adds in all the stuff to funnel it through EZProxy:


Technology Tuesdays: Library Timesavers

We have an excellent Technology Tuesday scheduled for May 25th: LIbrary Timesavers

“Learn how to leverage e-resources to maximize your research efficiency and how to let the library do your legwork with reserves and interlibrary loan. Representatives from the library will also demonstrate Via Sapientiaie, DePaul’s institutional repository, which provides open access to scholarly works produced by the University's faculty, staff, centers and institutes, and students.”

As usual, the session will be in DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center) from 10 - 11 a.m.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP:
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