Libraries and Canvas

The Libraries are a great partner for your instruction both in-person and in Canvas. From linking to library databases to answering reference questions, the Libraries welcome all types of engagement.

Embedded Librarians

All librarians at Texas A&M are able to be added to an Canvas course. They can partner with you in many different ways.

Types of Interactions

  • Embed library material
  • Hold virtual office hours
  • Create information literacy modules
  • Develop Research Guide specifically for a course

Roles in Canvas

It’s easy to add a librarian to a course. You’ll just add them as one of two roles:

  • Librarian: They will be able to add content and interact with students but will not have access to student grades.
  • Alternate Instructor: If your librarians is assisting with assignments and need access to the grade book.

Embedding Library Material in Your Course

Library material is easily embedded within Canvas and can be done in a way to keep in accordance with copyright laws.



It’s best practice to link to an article rather than upload a PDF. This way you avoid violating the libraries licensing agreements, copyright laws, and common accessibility issues. Librarians embedded in your Canvas course can assist you with adding links to library resources.


You can add links to eBooks from the library collection.  Some eBooks have limits on the number of students that can access the book simultaneously, so make sure to discuss eBook access with your librarian.

Streaming Media

The Libraries' licenses streaming media databases with videos that can be embedded within your course.  Your librarian can help you identify streaming media within our collection.


Course Reserves 

To place print of electronic material on reserve visit our Textbooks & Course Reserves  page.