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Course Reserves & TIP: Fall & Spring 2020-21

Information about the Libraries' course reserves service and MIT's TIP (Textbook Information Provisioning) service

Changes to the Course Reserves Service for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Because of the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 for MIT's academic year, significant changes have been made to the course reserves service to better support the largely online environment. You'll find information on these changes here and in our Spring 2021- FAQ


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Course Site (CMS) Assistance

Need more information to help manage your course site? The following pages include rich information resources to help faculty and teaching staff with course sites.

The Libraries will not offer print reserves services for spring 2021

Print reserves cannot be made available in an equitable or practical way due to a large percentage of the MIT community learning remotely, and a recommended 96-hour quarantine period for returned materials. The Libraries will provide electronic copies of Reserves materials whenever possible, and library staff are ready to assist you in finding alternatives.

Consider Online Materials for your courses

We ask Faculty to reconsider using textbooks to ensure equitable access for all students; many textbooks, particularly from publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, and McGraw Hill, are not available for libraries to purchase. If, after exploring alternative options below, a class does require a textbook, faculty are asked to either submit a new request via the TIP form or through Faculty Enlight, or cancel / update an existing request by emailing Libraries reserves staff and The COOP as early as possible.

Upload materials or link to them on your course management system site

Faculty and their assistants should upload materials or link to them on their course management system (CMS) site to provide persistent links to files and scans.

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