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Dear Swarthmore College students and faculty members,

We write with additional details concerning Swarthmore Campus & Community Store’s program for free digital access to most of this semester’s required textbooks, as referenced in the link within Provost Willie-LeBreton and Dean Terhune’s March 20 email, “Moving Forward with the Spring Semester.”

As Swarthmore College transitions to remote learning through the end of the semester in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store has partnered with our digital course materials providers, RedShelf and VitalSource, to provide free digital access to textbooks for students and faculty members through May 25, 2020.

Students and faculty members may add up to a maximum of seven (7) free titles to a special account with each of the two ebook provider programs, VitalSource Helps and Redshelf Responds.

In addition, the Swarthmore College Libraries are working to provide digital access for required textbooks that aren’t available through our Redshelf Responds or VitalSource Helps programs. The Swarthmore College Libraries will also attempt to help you access materials should you exceed the 7 book limit with either program. Swarthmore College Libraries resources can be found here.

Students, if needed, a list of the required textbooks for your classes can be found on the Campus & Community Store’s website. To view a customized list of your required course materials, log in with your Swarthmore College log-in. Duo Authentication will be required. Once you have logged in, click the first button entitled Search Course Materials for your enrolled classes via MySwarthmore. You will be linked to the mySwarthmore “[Specific semester] Courses for [student]” page. Click on View Course Materials.

Getting Started with VitalSource Helps

To access free materials, you must use your swarthmore.edu email address to log in or create an account. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this Helps student FAQ.

Create account or login HERE

Once you are logged in, click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely-available ebooks. You may add up to seven (7) titles to your account; please pay attention to the “counter” in the lower-left corner of your account to keep track of the number of free ebooks you’ve accessed. The ebooks cannot be returned or exchanged, so please choose the books you wish to download carefully.

Getting Started with RedShelf Responds

To access free materials, you must use your swarthmore.edu email address to log in or create an account. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this RedShelf Responds student FAQ.

Create an account or login HERE

Once you are logged in you can begin to search by title or ISBN. You may add up to seven (7) titles to your account. The ebooks cannot be returned or exchanged, so please choose the books you wish to download carefully.

The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store is here to make sure students have the materials they need to succeed in their courses. We are working with the Swarthmore College Libraries to make accessing key resources as easy as possible during this transition. We hope this free textbooks access will be of assistance to you as you continue your studies online. We wish you the best for the semester.

Sincerely,

Your friends at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store

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