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Pepperdine Libraries Reserves: Reserves Resources During Campus Closures

This page is intended to provide resources for faculty and students during Spring 2020 campus closures.

For Faculty

Faculty can make library reserves requests online. Please email Sally Bryant with any questions related to course reserves.

Textbooks Now Temporarily Available For Students

Several publishers are offering temporary free access to textbooks and other publications that normally require paid subscriptions. Check out the list below and explore more content available on our Expanded Library Resources InfoGuide

VitalSource Textbooks


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 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.

To view a list of publishers and resellers who are supporting this effort, visit (includes Pearson, Cengage, SAGE, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill Higher Education).

Students who need assistance accessing free eTexts can visit


These are the basic steps of accessing textbooks through VitalSource (as seen in the videos on this page):

1. Visit and sign in, or create account if needed, using your Pepperdine email address.
2. Log in and visit , find a textbook
3. Borrow the textbook, which will appear on your bookshelf / Library.
4. Read the book online (view a video of how to use the Bookshelf here:

For more help, visit this page.

RedShelf Textbooks

In collaboration with the academic publishing community, RedShelf is providing students with free, convenient access to their learning materials.

The RedShelf Responds initiative provides no-cost access to digital textbooks (to students from nonprofit, semester-based colleges and universities) through May 25th, thanks to their publishing partners.

Create a free RedShelf account at using your Pepperdine email address, and then access ebooks through RedShelf at by searching by title or ISBN.

Cengage Textbooks / Cengage Unlimited

Cengage is providing complimentary access to Cengage Unlimited to US students attending schools affected by COVID-19. This includes the entire Cengage catalog of eBooks, homework solutions, study tools, and more. Students are eligible for free Cengage Unlimited access if their Univeristy has moved courses online, suspended on-campus courses, or otherwise modified instruction because of COVID-19. Students will receive free access whether or not faculty have adopted courseware or eBooks from Cengage.

At the end of each 14 day free trial period, students will be prompted to start another free trial period until your school is no longer affected by COVID-19

Faculty can use this form to contact a Cengage representative to request access for students.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has offered a number of temporary free resources to students and faculty, including:

  • Suspending the requirement that faculty be an adopter of an OUP book to use digital teaching resources (videos, simulations, activities, flashcards) at the Ancillary Resource Center.
  • Free online textbook access through VitalSource and RedShelf (listed on this guide.)


Coursera announced it will provide the Coursera for Campus platform free to higher education institutions impacted by coronavirus.

For more information, visit