The Libraries offer many ways to connect with our resources and specialists when our spaces are closed or if you are working remotely.   

Connect to Online Resources from Off-Campus 

You can connect to most databases and e-resources remotely using your Andrew ID and password, and you will be prompted automatically to log in when needed. Some materials may require use of campus VPN. See these instructions for guidance

Access eBooks, e-journals, or databases by subject or media type, including streaming video and audio. Utilize mobile eBook readers and other apps to streamline your remote experience.  

Many of CMU’s own special collections are digitized and available online

Free Textbooks and Expanded Resources

Subject Specialists have curated an up-to-date list of free textbooks and expanded resources to support remote teaching and learning. 

Publishers are making their content more freely available, the Publisher Access Changes list features the latest updates.

Resources and FAQ for Students

This document includes some helpful hints and an FAQ to help you continue your studies as you are taking your classes online. 

Consult with a Subject Specialist 

Librarians and subject specialists with discipline and function-specific expertise are available for consultation by phone, e-mail, or Zoom web conference. Contact a specialist directly to make an appointment, or e-mail us with a general inquiry. 

Subject Specialists Listing and Contact Information 

Interlibrary Loan 

Delivery of electronic interlibrary loan documents is available via ILLiad free of charge.  

Research Guides 

The Libraries offer a range of online subject-specific research guides to recommend sources and provide tips on utilizing the Libraries’ collections. 

Scholarly Communications, Research Data Management, and KiltHub Repository 

The Libraries offer remote consultations for scholarship sharing and data management and provide online access to related tools for researchers at all points in the research lifecycle. CMU affiliates can deposit publication manuscripts, data, and associated research materials into the KiltHub repository.

Online Account Access and Renewals 

Log in to My Account to see what you have checked out, see when things are due, and renew your materials. 

Course Instruction and Support 

Instructors can add library personnel to Canvas courses and can arrange to have a librarian or subject specialist provide instructional support remotely. Contact a subject specialist directly to discuss your needs, or e-mail us with a general inquiry. 

Subject Specialists Listing and Contact Information 

Returning Materials 

Please do not return equipment or multimedia via book-drop. Instead, wait until you can return such materials across the library’s service desk during open hours. Due dates and fines will be adjusted to accommodate.  

Library users who are ill or unable to come to campus can request a waiver of due dates and fines. During library closures or reductions in business hours, due dates will be automatically extended and fines will not accrue.   

Contact Us 

Call, e-mail, or use the Ask Us chat function during business hours for on-the-spot remote assistance from library personnel or to provide feedback and suggestions on services and library operations. 

Library Contact Information