In Response to COVID-19 Impact on Education, Follett to Deliver Free At-Home Learning Content During Crisis

As K12 Schools, Campuses, Public Libraries Close, Follett Teams with Publishers to Deliver Resources to Learners of All Ages

March 18, 2020 - WESTCHESTER, Ill. — 

Follett, a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, public libraries, and college campuses for more than 145 years, is working with customers to ensure they can quickly and easily use the company’s wide range of eLearning solutions and access to content as more students shift to learning from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, we want educators and parents to know they’re not alone, said Patrick Connolly, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. “Follett offers a variety of eLearning products for both PreK-12 and Higher Ed that can be quickly and easily accessed. These are solutions customers already have access to, and our goal is to ensure they know about all their options to help with the continuity of education.”

Here is a closer look at Follett’s company-wide eLearning resources that are being made available at libraries, schools and universities in communities across North America affected by the COVID-19 virus:

Follett School Solutions (PreK-12)

Follett has created a resource page outlining the array of eLearning solutions, including Collections by Destiny, Follett Destiny Discover, WebPath Express, and more. Video tutorials, forums and instructions for accessing these solutions also are available.

To help schools with eLearning during the closures, Follett announced March 11 it is waiving the cost for current Destiny customers through June 30 for its Classroom Ready Collections (CRC), which are standards-aligned, educator-curated Open Educational Resources (OER) that include lesson plans, activities, videos and worksheets. More than 2,300 free CRC licenses have been activated in less than a week.

Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG)

For public and private colleges and universities, Follett has the nationwide scale and capabilities to help institutions provide needed course materials through the company’s technology platforms and content partnerships. During this period of crisis, Follett is providing the following support:

  • Free access to ebooks. As part of its partnership with RedShelf, a leading ebook provider, FHEG will offer full free ebook access to students on Follett-managed college campuses in support of online learning, reaching as many as 8 million students through 2,700 physical and virtual locations. Students must have an “.edu” email address at a not-for-profit semester-system school, and there is a limit of seven ebook units per student. To access the free ebooks, visit www.Follett.com/RedShelf.
  • Free online shipping. To facilitate better access to course materials and general merchandise, Follett will continue its free shipping of online orders to the U.S. and Canada from any of its 1,200 campus locations and 1,800 virtual sites. Despite campus closures, Follett’s online operations for each campus location will remain open for orders. Visit efollett.com to find participating schools.
  • Free access to OER courseware. Follett partner Lumen Learning is offering free use of its courseware for classes transitioning to online delivery in the middle of the term and full support throughout the transition. Lumen’s courseware is designed to remove barriers and improve success for at-risk students in digital environments, and its catalog includes more than 50 general education subjects. Visit the site to learn more and take advantage of this offer.

Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor enables public libraries to share digital collections with schools through its digital online platform called Community Share. Public libraries opt in to the Community Share program, allowing for a seamless integration between the local library’s Axis 360 ebook collection and Follett Destiny. This provides students with immediate access to an expanded selection of age and grade-appropriate content.

Baker & Taylor also is working with its public library partners to place the company’s innovative Pop Up Library boxes at grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals to continue providing the best literature to people while social distancing is being encouraged. Pop Up Library is a small network device that creates instant access to a library’s Axis 360 collection.

All Follett customers are encouraged to contact their Follett representative with questions, support requests, and more details.

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Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of educational materials, digital content, eCommerce, and multi-media for libraries, schools and institutions. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools, and more than 2,700 physical locations and campus eCommerce platforms in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett's reach also extends to the public library markets.

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Doug Thompson
Thompson Drake Public Relations
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Tom Kline
VP, Follett Corporate Communications
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