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Teaching and Learning

DePaul University Library is committed to providing faculty with the tools and resources needed to facilitate instruction and student learning. Here are a few examples of how the Digital Scholarship team at the Library can support classroom and online learning:

  • Creating digital platforms / environments for your class. We can create environments for your class in
  • Assisting your students with locating relevant datasets for their class assignments or projects
  • Designing effective assignments that incorporate research skills and resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OERs) are educational materials available at no cost and include legal permission to freely use, share, and build upon the content. OERs give educators the ability to adapt instructional resources to the individual needs of their students, to ensure that resources are up-to-date, and ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality, standards-aligned resources.

DePaul University is a member of the Open Textbook Network: please contact Sue Shultz for more information on how you can incorporate open textbooks into your syllabus.

For more information about OER at DePaul:

DePaul Library Digital Collections

The Library's digital collections are available for use by anyone to use for the purposes of scholarship or education. These online collections include freely accessible texts, maps, images, and other digital objects that can be downloaded or linked to.

The Library's digitization services can also digitize physical items for you, for use in instruction or research. See our digitization services page for more information.

In addition, the Library has resources like ArtStor, which can be used in scholarly articles and other publications.

HathiTrust Digital Library

The Library is a member of HathiTrust, an immense, continuously updated digital collection providing enhanced search and availability of millions of public domain, in-copyright, and permissioned digitized books, federal government documents and serial publications in a variety of languages from sources such as Google Books, Internet Archive, Microsoft and initiatives at partner academic and research institutions. Though the portal is open to the public, logging in with your Campus Connect credentials opens up additional functionality such as full PDF downloads of public domain and permissioned works and options to create and share content collections.

Learning Environments

There are multiple options for teaching and learning environments in the John T. Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park Campus. Here is a brief overview of the different spaces we have made available for the DePaul community.

The Forum

The Library has a Visualization Wall on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library with a 98” touchscreen LCD display that the DePaul community can use for teaching, collaboration, and research.

Scholar’s Lab

The Scholar's Lab is a specialized computing space designed to promote collaboration and experimentation with digital content and services across academic disciplines.

Idea Labs

Group brainstorming/ideation equipped with laptops, digital panel, whiteboards, Legos, papercrafting tools and other supplies to help groups come together to discuss problems and sketch potential solutions


This is a group, seminar, and independent workspace with 3D printers, scanners, laser cutter, soldering station, and sewing machine.

1581 Studios

A suite of enclosed workspaces, inspired by various start-up centers around the city.

Usability Lab

Also known as Studio E, this space is for observation/recording of up to 3 people interacting with computers in a controlled environment.

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