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Remote Library Services for Online Learning in Music

Options for books


Navigate to the BW OPAL Book catalog to search for electronic books that you can access anywhere, anytime. While print books may be difficult to obtain keep in mind that ebooks are great resources now and can be accessed from your location. All Ritter ebook packages are included in the BW Book catalog. Faculty can share links to ebooks and students can search ebooks to find needed texts or supplementary material. You can limit searches to ebooks by clicking Material Type on the search page and then choosing EBOOKS at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

BW, OhioLINK, OPAL, or SearchOhio items:

To review physical items you have checked out access your account from the library homepage. Click on "My Account" in the blue menu bars on the left side of the page. You can review BW, OhioLINK, OPAL, and SearchOhio items checked out and see dates due. Rest assured that all materials currently checked out will have extended due dates. No fines will be charged.

All physical library items will have a May 31, 2020, due date. Don't worry about returning items you have checked out at the moment. Check this space for further updates and read your email for guidance about returning library materials.

BW books and equipment:

BW library stacks are closed.  We will not be circulating any physical items until further notice. 


The Internet Archive has opened up the National Emergency Library to make its digital collection of older books available to multiple users during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection will be available through June 30, 2020. A free account is required to have full access. 

Faculty may locate and refer their classes to texts.  

OhioLINK, OPAL, SearchOhio books

All OhioLINK, OPAL, and SearchOhio borrowing has ceased at this time.  If you have an item from one of these institutions due dates will be extended until May 31, 2020. You do not need to return materials to us at this point. Fines will be waived for items you are unable to return due to current COVID-19 restrictions. You will receive further information about when and how to return library materials you currently have.

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Other Libraries

No matter where you live consider your local public library as a potential resource. Even though many library buildings are closed at this time, a wealth of electronic resources may be available to you. If you live in or near Cuyahoga County consider both the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public library. Both offer ebooks, streaming media options, online databases, and online periodicals. If you do not have a public library card many allow digital sign-ups for current access to resources.