All physical locations are closed.
This page was last updated Wednesday, May 13 at 9:15 a.m.
editor's note: updated returns, checkouts, and due dates section
On this page:
- Library closures
- Library services
- Resources for students, faculty, and staff
Responding to COVID-19
Miami University is delivering all instruction remotely, following directives from state public health officials in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we take steps to ensure the health and safety of the Miami community.
The University Libraries are delivering services remotely, with all physical locations closed.
This website will serve as a hub for the Libraries policies and updates as the situation evolves and questions arise.
The University Libraries are delivering services remotely. All physical locations are closed.
Closures include all campus libraries along with group study rooms, King Cafe, and the Makerspace including virtual reality and multimedia production studios.
In order to follow the directives of university administration, Ohio Governor DeWine, and state public health officials, staff are unable to retrieve materials from our physical collections.
However, please get in touch with a librarian if you need a particular book, journal, newspaper, or other text from our collection. We may be able to find an electronic version or a suitable alternative.
- We're working to extend all checkout dates until September 2020, and will waive all fines.
- Please note that Library staff are not in the buildings right now, so if you've returned items, they will show as unreturned in your online account until staff can return to the buildings and scan items in. Fines will not accrue during this time.
- If you have print materials (books, journals, newspapers, etc) or a phone charger, calculator, or other small and sturdy piece of equipment, you have number of options regarding returning them:
- Hold on to them for now. Fees will not accrue.
- Drop them off at the book drop on the south side of King Library
- Mail to:
151 S. Campus Ave
Oxford, OH 45056
- For laptops, iPads, tablets, cameras, and the like, please contact LibFines@MiamiOH.edu with questions — please don't send them tumbling through the book drop.
Interlibrary and OhioLINK checkouts of physical materials have been suspended, but digital copies may be available.
Have questions or need assistance? Get in touch with us.
All electronic resources — journals, databases, eBooks, digital collections, and more — can be accessed from anywhere in the world by using your Miami ID to log in. All links from the Libraries' guides and lists should automatically direct you to the proxy login.
If you happen to find yourself at a resource and are unable to access the materials because you weren't automatically directed through the proxy, simply add http://proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the URL. See more details about using the proxy.
Resources for students, faculty, and staff
The Libraries have created a comprehensive resource guide for students, faculty, and staff. The guide encompasses:
- finding and accessing free textbooks
- accessing Miami Libraries' eBooks and eJournals
- a collection of temporary free trials and expanded access to content publishers have made free during the pandemic
- a collection of open-access journals and repositories
- information on software packages made available for free during the pandemic
- a guide to researching Covid-19 itself: systematic reviews, datasets, research collections, U.S. government resources, WHO resources, market and consumer health databases, etc
- a list of contacts at the Libraries for questions on circulation, accessing documents, consulting with a librarian on research projects, adding digital reserves to Canvas, etc
All electronic resources — journals, databases, eBooks, digital collections, and more — can be accessed from anywhere in the world by using your Miami ID to log in. All links from the Libraries' guides and lists should automatically direct you to the proxy login. If you happen to find yourself at a resource and are unable to access the materials because you weren't automatically directed through the proxy, simply add http://proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the URL. See more details about using the proxy.
As faculty shift to remote instruction, the Libraries offer ways to enhance online learning.
In anticipation of possible absences, please use our general email if you do not hear back from your liaison librarian within a business day.
1. Connect students with electronic resources available through the library
The library provides online access to numerous online resources, including electronic books (ebooks), newspaper and journal articles, and streaming films. You can search our collections for works to use as part of online instruction. If you or your students need assistance locating online materials, we invite you to contact your subject specialist or request reference assistance via chat, email, or phone.
2. Share Open Access (OA) works
OA works are articles, books, films, lecture recordings and other learning materials that are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are a variety of OA repositories you and your students can use to find resources that can be used for instruction and the creation of new scholarship. They include the Directory of Open Access Journals and OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) a search tool developed by SUNY’s Geneseo's Milne Library that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 97 different sources and contains over 385,000 records.
3. Direct students to other works made publicly available online
You can also provide students with links to resources made freely and legally available online. This could include linking to news stories, reports, data sets, etc.
4. Make works available under user rights found in U.S. copyright law, such as fair use.
The fair use exception found in Section 107 of U.S. copyright law provides options for making copies of works available for students as part of the educational process. You can learn more about fair use and the four factors involved with making fair use determinations here. Have questions about copyright? Contact MU’s copyright librarian, Carla Myers, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-529-3935.
5. Share public domain works
Works in the public domain are free of copyright protection this includes works whose term of copyright protection has expired and work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties (e.g., reports, photographs, and other resources produced by the CDC, NIH, NASA, etc.). Repositories such as Google Books, the HathiTrust Digital Library, and Project Gutenberg make available millions of books that are in the public domain due to their term of copyright expiring.
The COVID-19 global pandemic represents a massive area of research with impacts in virtually all fields of study. We've put together a collection of resources for those interested in researching COVID-19 and its effects around the world, including:
- Rapid reviews, data, and research collections
- Government resources for consumers
- News, podcasts, and other media
- Peer-reviewed open-access resources
- Consumer health databases (subscription provided by Miami University Libraries)
- Temporarily open-access resources related to COVID-19
- Public health resources
- U.S. government resources
- Resources for librarians and health information professionals
- World Health Organization (WHO) resources
Questions? Comments? Get in touch with social sciences librarian Anna Liss Jacobsen, who is collecting these resources.
- Miami University COVID-19 Updates and Resources
- Continuity of Education
- Library hours of operation
- Chat with a Librarian online
Miami Hotline and Other Numbers
The Miami University Health Services Information hotline number is 513-529-3003. This line is updated with the most current information as it is made available.
If you need to make an appointment with Miami University Health Services, please call 513-529-3000.
The Butler County General Health District phone number is 513-863-1770; the after-hours, emergency-only number is 877-774-4636.
The Ohio Department of Health call center is operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus
- Butler County General Health District coronavirus page
- U.S. State Department: China Travel Advisory
- World Health Organization Disease Outbreak News
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus
- How to best wash your hands
Butler County General Health District
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