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Distance Learning Services & Resources: Services for Online Faculty & Instructional Designers


At Georgetown University Library, we understand that the distance learning community may need to access library services and collections in a different manner than traditional on-site users. This guide outlines the services the Library provides to distance users affiliated with credit-bearing academic programs. This guide provides information on library services and resources that can be utilized by Georgetown University faculty members and instructional designers in their BlackBoard or Canvas LMS courses. Please note that processes may differ for BlackBoard and Canvas users. 


Quick Links - Library

Faculty are encouraged to embed/ distribute the following Quick Links to students via BlackBoard/ Canvas and in syllabi. 

- Georgetown University Library

- Research Guides (find YOUR program's subject guide and post it to BlackBoard)

- A to Z Research Database List

- Library Catalog

Journal Finder (check here to see if the University subscribes to a specific periodical title)

- Off Campus Access to Library Resources 

- InterLibrary & Consortium (WRLC) Loans

- Georgetown University Writing Center

Contact Us

Access Services Department (including Reserves) 
202-687-7607 |

School of Continuing Studies Library 
202-784-7389 |

Collections, Research, & Instruction Department
202-687-7452 |

Copyright & Scholarly Communication 
202-687-0302 |

Fair Use & Copyright

Visit Copyright @ Georgetown University to learn more about using copyrighted materials. 

Questions? Email Meg Oakley, Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications 

Providing Required Readings in Online Courses

Linking to eResources

Place Items on Reserve

For information on linking material from your course shell, please see linking content in Blackboard and Canvas.

Electronic Reserves (Excluding Media) : There is no limit to the number of core required e-reserves readings a faculty member may have on reserve. An e-reserve is a single title of a book chapter, a journal article, or professors’ notes, syllabi, or handouts. The determination regarding how much of a work may be used is made by evaluating all four of the fair use factors. Entire books cannot be scanned and placed on e-reserve. If the library does not have the article, we will order a copy (depending on cost).

Media Reserves: For a list all options for using films and other media in your classroom, read our Guide to Using Films in Courses.
For more information about access to online video for your courses, check out our Streaming Media guide.

To request reserve services, complete and submit the electronic reserves form as an email attachment to

Off Campus Login Page

Click the Off-Campus Access Icon to Log In

Schedule a Research Instruction Session

If your class needs assistance with a research project, please arrange for virtual or in-class research instruction. A minimum of three (3) weeks lead time is required for asynchronous instruction and two (2) weeks for real-time instruction. 

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Schedule a Research Consultation

Faculty and students can take advantage of the Library's Research Consultation Service. 

Click to schedule a research consultation . Appointments can be conducted face-to-face or virtually using Zoom (the University's video-conferencing software). 

NOTE TO FACULTY: Due to time and staffing constraints, GUL cannot accommodate entire classes signing up for one-on-one Research Consultations. 

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