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Library Research and Instruction During Campus Closure

This guide is for students and faculty who may have questions about library resources during the closure.

Course Reserves

Scanning a Textbook For Students

Access to course readings may be difficult for students at the beginning of the semester due to shipping delays, limited stock, campus closures, and other issues. You may request a limited number of scanned chapters from textbooks to help provide initial access to course readings while student obtain their textbook readings during the first few weeks of classes.

Please complete the Digitization Request Form to have the library scan chapter(s) of textbook(s) on reserve. You may search the library collection on OneSearch to check if your textbook is on reserve in the library.

Have questions? Contact Rebecca Mendell.

  • Due to copyright law, the library cannot make complete scans of textbooks.

  • All material is scanned and emailed to your LRCCD email when it is ready.

  • The turnaround process for fulfilling requests is typically within one week depending on request load and campus access for staff.

  • Requests are not filled on weekends, non-instructional days, nor holidays.

  • Digitized titles shall be made accessible via the faculty member’s Canvas course page and shall only be available to students enrolled in the course for the current semester.

  • All documents will be scanned with OCR text recognition and meet the Adobe Acrobat PDF accessibility check.

If the Library does not own a title you are requesting, you may scan a reasonable portion to compensate for the fact that students cannot currently access library reserves under fair use guidelines. You may wish to review the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research. We suggest you scan no more than the first two weeks' worth of material, which should allow students time to acquire the textbook on their own.

When you share the scanned material with students, please include a special cover page (see below) with important information for students about how to use and dispose of the scan. Please only distribute these scans to students using your course site on Canvas to ensure that access is limited to those enrolled in the course. 

If you don't have a traditional scanner, you can use a smart phone to scan pages into a pdf file. Adobe has a free app available for both Android and iOS, and you can read their FAQ about Adobe Scan.


This scan is being provided as part of the Folsom Lake College's effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is for your personal use only, and is only intended for use during the time when the campus public health measures prevent access to your personal copy or a copy on physical reserve at the Library. Please discard this copy once you have access to your personal copy or to the physical copy at the Library, and do not share it.

Other Academic Resources

You may also want to take this opportunity to explore different resources that will fulfill the same academic need as the original textbook.

The Los Rios libraries pay for access to excellent and wide-ranging research so that it can be used by anyone affiliated with the Los Rios colleges. Explore the Library’s Research Databases for relevant material, or reach out to the librarians for help.

Additionally, there are growing numbers of excellent Open Educational Resources that are freely available online. Many of these resources can act as direct replacements for commercial textbooks, and they are always zero cost. If you need help searching for OER, you can always ask the librarians.