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Coronavirus emergency - resources for students & faculty: FREE Resources

This is a guide to help students and faculty navigate the changes created by the coronavirus emergency

Special Access to E-Resources in Response to COVID-19

List of vendors who have expanded access during the covid-19 pandemic:

Library Databases

The library provides access to approximately 500,000 ebooks, 100,000 streaming videos, and 65,000 ejournals through 200+ databases that are all available to students from off-campus:

To view the library's most popular databases by category (e.g. articles, ebooks, videos, etc) visit this page:

Click the links below to learn about the library's ebook and streaming video collections:

From the campus bookstore

Access to Free E-books
The KU Campus Store is pleased to announce that we are able to provide free access to more than 50,000 e-book titles to any student who may be without their textbooks. Students may begin accessing this expansive catalog of free course materials from participating publishers today. Students can simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their KU email address (or creating a new account, if necessary) with this link:

Please email us at if you need any assistance.


List of free resources maintained by UMass and Ohio State librarians

List of vendor offers from International Coalition of Library Consortia