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Teach Remotely with Harvard Library

Teaching a class remotely? Harvard Library can help.

Get Personalized Help

Teaching a class remotely during the Spring 2021 semester? Let our expert staff help you get the most out of the library for your courses. We can help you find digital materials, create course guides, and provide online library instruction and virtual library visits. 

Library liaisons can partner with you to:

  • Make syllabus substitutions. Find alternative readings that allow for simultaneous access for the entire class.
  • Discover materials that are newly available online. Many publishers have made materials temporarily available online for free during the pandemic.
  • Tailor library instruction for your students. Invite a librarian to visit your class or section and help get your students on the right track, with a session customized to the needs of your course. 
  • Use digital tools. Learn about new online tools, like OpenRefine for data mining or Photogrammetry for 3D image capture, with our Remote Media Help team.
  • Arrange a remote special collections visit. Our curators, archivists, and other specialists can join your virtual classroom to lead a session on using primary resources.
  • Embed a subject librarian in your Canvas site. Get set up with a Canvas Course Librarian.

Digital Course Reserves

We can digitize your physical course reserves so they're available to your students in Canvas while you're teaching remotely.


Working with Digital Course Materials

Discover digital collections

Harvard Digital Collections provides free, public access to more than 6 million objects digitized from our collections - from ancient art to modern manuscripts and audio visual materials.

University Teaching Resources