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Getting Started Using the Library (Support during COVID-19) : Home

This guide will help you get started with library research during the COVID-19 disruption.

Library Hours

The Library is closed until further notice. 

OCC Campus Closure

In abundance of caution, OCC has suspended classes and closed the campus to all people until further notice.

Ask Your Questions on Chat

Chat with a librarian by clicking on the speech bubble below. We will be available Monday - Thursday from 8am-9pm, Friday from 8am-3pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm.

Library Books

If you have library books due, please do not come to campus to return them. The library will forgive all fines accrued on books due this week. Please ignore any overdue notices you receive, as our system sends those out automatically.  When the campus reopens, please return your books and we will adjust your library account accordingly.


  • Check the library catalog or free textbook list to see if your textbook is available online. Use the "Available Online" filter to see online books in the library search.
  • You can also check and see if your book is available through VitalSource Helps program. This site allows you to download some textbooks free of charge, due to COVID-19 difficulties. You need to use your OCC email to sign up and not all texts are available. Directions are here. 
  • You can also check RedShelf for free access to some textbooks.

Library Workshops

The library workshops scheduled from March 16th to 30th are canceled. 

Going Forward

When the situation changes, we will update this site and put a notice on the website.  Stay safe and healthy! 

For Faculty

Interested in a library lecture for your class? 

If you have moved to hybrid or online delivery, you have a couple of options available to you: 

  • Hold a synchronous online library lecture using ConferZoom or Canvas
  • Have a librarian embedded into your online course with videos and related assignments
  • Provide your students with the link to this guide and instructions on how to use the Library Chat feature.  

Fill out the library lecture request form to get started. 

If you have questions or want more information, contact Erin Gratz at

Interested in embedding any of these videos in your Canvas shell?

All videos on this site are found on YouTube

Now available in Canvas Commons!

You can now download a Library Resources module in Canvas Commons! This can be imported into your course. The module provides your students basic information on how to access and use the library. For questions about the module or custom content for your class, please contact Lori Cassidy.

Getting Help

Need Research Help? 

 Chat with a librarian. Use the chat icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen.   

 Email your question to: