Giovale Library

Giovale Library

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Giovale Library will be closed, however, the library is committed to supporting you and providing the best service it can at this time including electronic resources and by-appointment-only support.

Giovale Library thanks you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, email Emily Swanson at

Research Assistance

Face-to-face research assistance has been suspended but librarians will continue to be available through email and chat for you to get research help.

Additionally, the library provides subject-specific research guides as a good starting point for many research needs. New subjects are added as time permits. Additionally, the library’s YouTube channel has video tutorials on the following information:

Information Literacy

We will no longer be providing in-person information literacy sessions, however, librarians can tailor their sessions to online courses. Faculty can contact their liaison librarian for more information.

Library Collection

The majority of the library’s collection is available electronically and can be accessed from anywhere on or off campus. You can search for physical books, electronic books, articles, and more in GriffinSearch or you can search a specific database directly. When accessing databases and GriffinSearch from off campus, you will have to log in using your Westminster username and password. The library will provide access to its book, DVD, AV equipment, and course reserves collections by appointment. Please email to set up an appointment.

Interlibrary Loan

The library currently still provides Interlibrary Loan services for print materials; however, the library may not be able to borrow everything due to lending library closures. Delivery time may vary due to circumstances at lending libraries. Once your request is made, the Interlibrary Loan office will work with you to set up an appointment to pick up your item.

Interlibrary Loan services for electronic materials will continue as staffing permits, however, delivery speed may be affected by staffing at Giovale Library and lending libraries across the nation.


As long as staffing permits, the library will continue to circulate physical reserve items. Scans of chapters from books on reserve can be requested remotely by filling out the request form. To make arrangement to pick up a reserve item, please email


The library is working with Information Services to loan laptops to students that are without a mobile device. Pick up will be by appointment only at Giovale Library. If you need a laptop, you can submit a Help Desk Request.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials (in any medium) that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Open Educational Resources can include textbooks, lesson plans, syllabi, interactive experiences, course assignments, and more, all of which are made freely available under an open license.

There is temporary free institutional access to several resources for online teaching and learning. If you know of a resource that should be included in this list, email the library (

Textbooks and Ebooks Resources

VitalSource E-Book Platform

Many publishers have teamed up with VitalSource to offer free access to their books until May 25, 2020. Students and faculty can create an account with their Westminster email address to log in to the VitalSource bookshelf and access the content library.

RedShelf E-Book Platform

Many publishers have teamed up with RedShelf to offer free access to their books until May 25, 2020. Students can access up to 7 free e-books using their Westminster email address.

University of Michigan Press Open Access E-Books

University of Michigan Press Open Access e-books are available for free from the University of Michigan Press.


JSTOR worked with publishers to make more content available, including e-books. To access the content, search JSTOR. You can also view a list of publishers that are participating. This offer is available through June 30, 2020.

Film Resources


Kanopy has made some of their films available for free through May 31, 2020 (including titles from Collective Eye Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, NYX Channel, First Run Features, and the Great Courses packages). If there are titles that are not immediately available, you can fill out the request form and include your course name and the date you need the film by. A step-by-step guide for adding a Kanopy in Canvas is available.

National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada has over 3,000 films online. Many are available for free and many contain closed captioning. At this time, Westminster does not have a subscription for films that are beyond a paywall. The collection includes documentaries, feature films, animation, and short films. There is also a collection of films by Indigenous directors.

Music and Performing Arts Resources

Digital Concert Hall - Berlin Philharmonic

The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until April 19, however, the orchestra will continue to play in the Digital Concert Hall, free of charge. Visit the Digital Concert Hall website and use the code BERLINPHIL.

The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Stream

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming performances at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Performances remain available for 20 hours. A list of upcoming performances is available in a press release.

Online Teaching Resources For Faculty

Oxford University Press Resource Page

Oxford University Press has a resource page for faculty preparing to teach online courses. It includes content about online resources and access to 2 online training programs about teaching online.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is offering a free 90-day trial to educators transitioning to online classes.

Kahoot Premium

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used as an educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games, “Kahoots,” are multiple-choice quizzes that allow user generation and can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. Kahoot! Premium, an enhanced version of Kahoot!, is free for higher education during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Returning Materials

If you would like to return books or DVDs and you can access campus, use the return slot located in the library’s foyer. The entry hall of the library is unlocked and accessible at any time to return items. If you can't access campus, email the library (

Due Dates

For the time being, due dates for all circulating items (except the course reserves collection and Interlibrary Loans) have been extended until the end of the semester.

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