Library Resources for Remote Teaching

With courses now online, the Touro College Libraries have compiled a number of free resources (both publicly available and available at no cost through the Libraries) to support instructors teaching remotely and students studying remotely.

Find our comprehensive guide to Online Learning and Teaching here

Get immediate help

If you have a question about library hours, services, or beginning your research, try our Frequently Asked Questions or Research Guides first.

Library staff are also available via chat during the times when the Libraries are open (9am-9pm).

To get support from our staff

With an anticipated increase in volume of virtual research, teaching, and study support, we encourage you to get in touch with our staff in the following ways if you do not necessarily need immediate help:

*Please note: if you have print materials checked out, due dates have been extended through August 30 and may be extended again as the situation develops.

Schedule an appointment

You can schedule a research or reference consultation through Microsoft Bookings. Our staff will send you information about how to connect via Zoom or phone at your scheduled time.


If you've got a quick question, tweet us! Somebody will get back to you as soon as possible (we monitor this service Monday-Thursday between 9am and 5:30pm and on Friday between 9am and 2pm).


We will respond to your research and resource questions within one business day.


View our site directory for a full list of locations and contact information. Please call your home branch or the Midtown Library during operating hours.

Technical Support

For technical support, please submit a request through the TouroOne portal or send an email to

Faculty, we are happy to support you and your students through virtual instruction sessions, virtual research consultations, and embedding a librarian in your Canvas course. Please email Sara Tabaei, Library Information Literacy Director, to discuss how we can help.

Working with digital course materials

These resources are available to Touro College students and faculty working anywhere in the world. To access online resources, simply sign in through the TouroOne portal and select the blue Libraries button, or click on a resource from the Libraries website and sign in with your TouroOne credentials when prompted.


When shifting your class from in-person to online, copyright needs to be considered — the good news is that most of the rules that apply to in-person teaching at Touro also apply online. Some quick tips:

  • When showing videos in class, try to limit yourself to brief clips and encourage students to access longer videos outside of class through the library or other legal source.
  • Control access to your online documents by using Canvas instead of emailing students. If you need to share resources outside of Canvas, link to the original source, rather than making a copy or attaching a document.
  • If you are unsure whether your use is a legal one, ask the Libraries for help!

For more information, please visit:


Try searching databases related to your subject area, or select “Multidisciplinary” from the drop-down menu to begin a wider search.

Interlibrary Loan (scanning or mailing)

If you are unable to physically visit a library, you can request to have a book, chapter, article, or other resource scanned or mailed to you, depending on the material. If you need a resource sooner than two weeks (the general time period for this service), try an electronic resource or contact the Libraries for more help. ILL services may be interupted or delayed during this time, but we will do our best to get you what you need.

Teaching online

Please visit these helpful resources for assistance with making your online courses engaging, effective, and accessible to students.

Free online tools [NOT supported by Touro]:

  • Flipgrid – allows educators and students to record and share short, asynchronous video clips with each other
  • – a free web annotation tool that can be used for group work and may be embedded into Canvas
  • Slack – a group messaging platform with channels for classes, as well as the ability to private message members of a team
  • Screencast-o-matic – a tool for recording, editing, and enhancing video lectures

Find additional tools here:

Other local resources

New York City’s three public library systems have closed their physical locations indefinitiely, but they are able to support research help and access to digital resources. All New York State residents, students attending school in New York State, and individuals who work or pay property taxes in New York State can receive a library card and access for free. Please contact your local branch for more information, or visit the webpages below.

New York Public Library (Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island)

*NYPL has expanded remote access to excellent databases/resources previously available only in-person at a branch. See more information here:*

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Remind yourself and your students to be mindful of our assumptions about others. Someone who appears sick or looks a certain way does not necessarily have coronavirus. For information and teaching materials about the rise in racial profiling as a result of the coronavirus, check out this teach-in guide: “Treating Yellow Peril: Resources to Address Coronavirus Racism”, founded and curated by Jason Oliver Chang an Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut.

This guide was developed with materials from the Harvard Library, CUNY Graduate Center Teaching & Learning Center, CUNY Graduate Center Library, and Mapping Access.


Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International This guide is published with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.