Library Implements COVID-19 Module to Support Education and Research

12 May 2020 Comments Off on Library Implements COVID-19 Module to Support Education and Research

Photograph by Aydın Ramazanoğlu, April at Bilkent

The Bilkent University Library is continuing to provide service during the COVID-19 pandemic by reaching out to users online. As previously announced, the Library instituted a live chat service, available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, where users can ask questions concerning research topics, library resources or library policies. Outside of those hours, librarians can be reached by using the “ask a librarian” form on the Library web page (, or by sending an email to

Now, the Library web page has a new feature, designated the COVID-19 module, whose purpose is to support educational and research activities, enable more effective use of library services and resources, and provide information about the pandemic. The module includes the following:

– Message From the Library: Information about changes in library services due to the COVID-19 pandemic

– Formal Resources: Information from national and international institutions concerning the pandemic

– COVID-19 Trial Databases: A list of trial database offerings from publishers and content providers that are providing free access for Bilkent University to support distance learning and teaching during this period

– Supportive Publishers and Content Providers: A list of open-access database offerings from publishers and content providers that provide free access to educational materials, such as textbooks, scholarly books and journals, archival documents, streaming videos and educational technologies, for the use of students and faculty members

– At-Home and Online Arts and Entertainment: Various options from some of the art, music and hobby databases that the Bilkent Library subscribes to, including virtual tours of world-famous museums and exhibitions; online or live concerts by various musicians and ensembles; and film, theater, opera and ballet performances

– Home Office and Open Education: Content from a number of publishers and academic institutions offering introductory information about a variety of topics – such as their products, publishing operations and editorial processes; the effective use of databases and learning/research tools; and ways of increasing the visibility of publications – as well as free webinars on many other topics

– Open-Access Platforms and Digital Archives: A list of open-access platforms and archives providing free online access to books, journal articles, digitized primary sources and archival materials, digital cultural artifacts, reference resources, gray literature such as theses and dissertations, government resources, institutional repositories, etc.