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Library Support for Course Materials

We will work with instructors to locate and support accessible materials for your in-person and online courses.

 Course Reserves

Course instructors can place physical FSU Library books and media materials and/or materials from their personal collection on course reserve so that students in their classes can freely check them out for short periods of time while in the library. We are also able to place electronic materials, such as eBooks, streaming videos, and scans of academic articles, on eReserve so students are able to easily access them via your Canvas site. To learn more about our course reserve policies and procedures and to request an item be placed on reserve, please see our Course Reserves Information for Faculty.


Library-licensed material expands the amount of materials available for higher-level coursework and complements other OER materials. Many faculty at FSU have opted to adopt e-books, journal articles, videos, images, and other digital resources from our collection. Our eTextbook Search allows search by book title, instructor’s last name, or course code to see if your text is available as an eBook purchased by the Libraries.Your subject librarian may be able to purchase electronic versions of textbooks with feasible licenses to provide seamless access to course materials without extra costs to students.

Linking to eResources

Adding an electronic resource link to Canvas, inside a research paper, syllabi, or other documents? Copying and pasting links from the address bar may work temporarily, but these links are likely to not be usable later. To ensure that off-campus access to other FSU resources will work, our proxy string must be included in the URL. If is not already in the URL, copy and prefix the following to the link: "". Find out more at our Linking to eResources page.


There are a number of important factors to consider when attempting to avoid copyright infringement while using copyrighted materials in the classroom. Please visit our Copyright Resources research guide to learn more about the basics of using copyrighted materials in teaching, the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, whether copyrighted content usage falls under Fair Use, and Creative Commons licensing. You can also see the Libraries’ Copyright FAQ for more information on how U.S. Copyright Law impacts the work of the FSU community.

 Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OER) are freely-accessible, openly licensed textbooks, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. OER can be reused, customized, and widely shared by others. Our top suggestions for open textbooks include Openstax, Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, and BC Campus OpenEd. Don’t use a standalone textbook? Many instructors chose to use a mix of open resources to support their curriculum instead of just one open textbook. Search a variety of open materials with the Mason MetaFinder or OASIS.

FSU Libraries is committed to developing open and affordable solutions that will ease the burden of textbook costs. Affordable course materials are going to be more important to students than ever. Find out more about FSU Libraries Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative.

  Accessibility & Course Materials

FSU Libraries strives to provide equal access to resources and services through provision of reasonable accommodations for students, staff, and faculty with disabilities. Learn more about our Accessible Materials & Services.

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