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Free Online Resources During Campus Closure

This is a temporary repository of resources made available by vendors and other sources during this time of campus closures. Many of these resources are temporary, and have not been fully vetted by the SDCC librarians. Be sure to check back periodically, as this page is evolving.

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Library Services & Resources During Campus Closure

Library resources available 24/7:

Teaching Resources During Campus Closure


SDCCD now has 3 Helpline options for Canvas: Two are already in the Canvas Navigation Bar

  • Canvas Support Hotline - Faculty (24/7 Support) 1 (844) 612-7422
  • Canvas Support Hotline - Students (24/7 Support) 1 (844) 612-7421
  • Canvas Phone Help Hotline for Students & Faculty (24/7 Support, until June 30): 1 (844) 303-5595 


More vendors are stepping up: see table from CVC-OEI : Reduced Cost and Free Internet Access for Students​-- vendors include Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Charter, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. 

Example: Free Internet Access for 60 days

Students can call the number at the bottom of the article (1-844-488-8395), and Spectrum will verify that they are a student and that service is available in their area. Students to not need to have a .edu email to qualify. They are waiving any installation fees and may extend the free internet service beyond the 60 days if needed. Students who already have Spectrum cannot take advantage of this.




Free Cengage eTextbook Content

Cengage offer: "If your campus has been closed due to COVID-19, your students on US campuses get a free subscription to Cengage Unlimited through the remainder of the term, which gives them access to all Cengage ebooks and platforms." More at the Cengage website:


"Through our RedShelf Responds initiative we are providing students no-cost access to digital textbooks for the rest of the semester, thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners. (Program applies to students from nonprofit, semester-based colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Each student** may access up to seven free eBooks, and access will run through May 25th, 2020. Offer does not include courseware.)" 

VitalSource eTextbooks**

"VitalSource® has joined leading publishers to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to quality digital learning materials through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTexts will be available for free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address** and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf."

**Be aware that VitalSource and RedShelf may require students to access their sites with a .edu email address, which is not provided by SDCCD. Please check with your instructor, as a workaround has recently been added to Canvas for access to Redshelf specifically.


Kanopy--Expanded Access to select Kanopy films through April 12th extended to May 31st

Until May 31st, 2020, Kanopy is opening up access to selected films and Great Courses for partner schools. Check our video link to see what has been added to Kanopy; they will be adding more.

JoVE--Access through June 15th

"JoVE offers free access to extensive STEM education video library to aid remote teaching & learning as COVID-19 pandemic shuts down classrooms around the world.  More here:"

Media Education Foundation-- via Kanopy 

Their entire collection is temporarily open through Kanopy. Click here to go directly to their collection: If that link doesn't work and you want to search for the collection yourself, type Media Education Foundation in the Kanopy search box and look for Suppliers in the results list. Read more about their offer here

San Diego Public Library--

For those who have a San Diego Public Library card (get a digital one here), free access is available to streaming videos in As a California resident, you are eligible to be a member of San Diego Public Library, which has a streaming video in its e-Library Collection. See this page:

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