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FAQs - IC Students & Library Services

I left my textbook in Ithaca - how do I get access to course materials and reserves?

Log into Sakai to see if pertinent sections of your textbook are available electronically.  We have scanned much of the print material that is on course reserve.  We have also ordered ebook versions of course texts when available - access is being activated as soon as we are notified by the vendor.  These course texts will be available by March 27 at the latest - please keep checking Sakai.

Alternately, many publishers are sending students to Barnes & Nobles' VitalSource. Ithaca College is on the list of institutions in their database, which is providing access to ebooks. This site is set up to sell ebooks, but is allowing students to create accounts and request access to up to 7 previously purchased textbooks. Once you have “borrowed” a book,  you may not return it, so it is important to be sure the correct book is selected. Students will have access to the ebooks until May 25, 2020.

Vital Source Access Steps

  1. Create an account using your email
  2. Go to your bookshelf (even if it is empty)
  3. Click Explore (upper left of screen)
  4. Search for the book by title or author

If you do not follow this process, you will be asked to pay for or rent the ebook. It is critical to go to your bookshelf and explore from there. Note that you will not be able to "borrow" books if you have not previously purchased the print version.

If your textbook is published by Cengage see this information about online access:

I need to write a research paper - what is the best database?

See the database page and use the drop-down menu to see the databases by subject. Also check out Ebook Central - it has 190,000 full-text scholarly books that you can download or read online.  IC Librarians  are providing virtual assistance with research, class projects, and citations

What should I do if I need a book or score from the collection?

During the period of online instruction and reduced staffing, we are not able to mail physical materials. Please check out the Ebook Central - it includes 190,000 scholarly books that you can view and/or download. For scores, email Kris Shanton, Music Librarian for potential sources.

What if I need something from multimedia?

Check Sakai for media files that are required viewing for courses.

What about books, DVDs, and ILL items that I have checked out?

Due dates for checked out physical materials will be extended until after we reopen and will continue to be extended as necessary. Please do not use the library's book return, as all library staff members are working from remote and materials handling is potentially dangerous - returned items have been bagged and set aside for processing when staff resume working in the building. Please wait until mid-May to mail us any items that are in your possession, as we expect campus mail service to resume at that time. Please don’t worry about returning items - our priority is the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students.  

All Interlibrary Loan items with an original due date of March 2nd, 2020 or later have been renewed until May 31, 2020.  Interlibrary Loan is not able to process returns until the campus reopens.  If you have specific questions about ILL renewals, or ILL in general, please contact