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For information on library services during Fall 2020 go to our COVID 19 guide
Special Access to E-Resources in Response to COVID-19
Here is a list of vendors that have made their products free to all during the COVID-19 closures:
Annual Reviews (ejournal)
"To assist the many students, faculty, and researchers who are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective today, we have made our journals available to all (without access control) through Thursday April 30, 2020."
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers features critical biographies of individuals who have contributed to the history of intellectual thought. Growing each year, it currently includes over 8,000 thinkers from North America, Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Middle East.
Cambridge University Press
All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020 and a full list of HTML textbooks published on the platform.
Chronicle.com Easy Access
At this time of crisis and uncertainty, The Chronicle of Higher Education is still here to help you make informed decisions. KU's site license to The Chronicle provides unlimited access for everyone whether they are on campus or working remotely.
Off-campus users will need an account to log in to Chronicle.com. If you already have an account, you can click “Log In,” at the top right-hand corner of our homepage. If you don’t have an account, you will simply need to create a free account at https://www.chronicle.com/account/login
De Gruyter Publishing
Library closures caused by the pandemic have affected faculty and students everywhere, requiring publishers like us to devise some interim solutions. In order to help, De Gruyter and our Publisher Partners will offer digital access to the thousands of print books held in university and college libraries. We plan to make 75,000 DRM-free eBooks from ©1650 through ©2016 available on degruyter.com through June 30, 2020.
Drama Online is an award-winning digital library of over 2,500 playtexts, 400 audio plays, 300 hours of video and 370 books of criticism and performance practice from leading theatre publishers and companies. Together, these resources offer a complete multimedia experience of theatre.
Many publishers on the EBSCO ebook platform are now allowing unlimited user access to previously restricted titles.
EBSCO Faculty Select
Faculty Select is a single interface where faculty can easily discover and access Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as find and request access to unrestricted, DRM-free e-books from top academic publishers. Free access available until 6/30/20.
Grad School Test Prep
Grad School Test Prep was created to help students score higher on graduate school entrance admission tests including GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, and PCAT. In addition to the 30 practice tests and 7 eBooks, the product provides a Scholarship Finder Tool (more than 24,000 scholarships and other awards) and a School Finder Tool (schools offering graduate certificates, Master’s Degrees or Doctorate Degrees). Free access through June 30th 2020.
Harvard Business Review Press Collection
The Harvard Business Review Press Collection includes HBR’s complete catalog of e-books. HBR Press is a leading global book publisher and a division of Harvard Business Review Group. Access thru 6/15/20
Human Kinetics Library
Human Kinetics Library is dedicated to the research, teaching, and understanding of kinesiology, sport, and exercise science. This platform features more than 150 ebooks, alongside ancillary materials, giving students and researchers a well-rounded overview and understanding of physical activity, health, and exercise science.
Infobase: Academic Virtual Classroom
Infobase is making the following databases available free of charge until 4/30/20:
Username: distancelearning2 Password: trial
World News Digest
Issues & Controversies
Ferguson’s Career Guidance
JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)
"JoVE offers FREE ACCESS to extensive STEM education video library to aid remote teaching & learning as COVID-19 pandemic shuts down classrooms around the world."
JSTOR is expediting the release of a new set of 26 journal archives in Public Health, making them openly accessible through June 30, 2020
Kanopy Streaming Service
Kanopy is providing free access to all of their Great Courses content for 30-days starting 3/16/20. In addition the library provides access to almost 8,000 other educational videos through Kanopy.
National Emergency Library
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. Learn more.
New Day Films - Free streaming
New Day films is opening up many of their videos for free streaming until 6/1/20
PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. From the classroom to the boardroom, thousands of organizations trust PolicyMap to find the right data for their research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis. Free access available until 5/31/20.
Project MUSE has partnered with the community of not-for-profit scholarly presses providing journals and books on our platform to offer significant amounts of that content for free. More than 50 publishers have chosen to temporarily make content freely available to assist with access for the many students, faculty, and researchers now working remotely due to the global public health crisis of COVID-19. As of today, more than 15,000 books, and over 230 journal titles - comprising well over 10,000 issues and more than 185,000 articles - are available through this initiative.
ProQuest is providing free unlimited user access to most ebooks on their platform.
Royal Society Journals
Provides access to international, peer-reviewed science journals: Biology Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Notes and Records, Open Biology, Philosophical Transactions A and B, and Proceedings A and B.
Free resources for faculty to help transition to teaching online and free access to content such as eTextbooks, LMS resources, and SAGE Vantage courseware, including content from select textbooks and everything needed to run a course online.
SAGE Video showcases highly relevant educational video across key social science disciplines. Each collection includes a breadth of video types to support diverse research and learning needs. All videos are fully citable with searchable transcripts, custom clip creation and embedding. Access free until 6/25/20.
SAGE Research Methods Video
SAGE Research Methods Video includes hours of tutorials, interviews, video case studies, and mini-documentaries covering the entire research process. Find videos made with expert researchers from leading research institutions, your favorite SAGE authors, great teachers, and more. Access free until 6/25/20.
Library currently running a trial of Elsevier's All-Access Ebook Collection on Science Direct. Includes approximately 40,000 ebooks from 1896 to our latest 2020 Frontlist. Full Coverage across all book content types: eBook/Monographs, Major Reference Works, Books Series & Serials
Theology & Religion Online
Theology & Religion Online is the digital home to a growing range of resources designed for students and scholars of Theology, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies and related fields, from which libraries can create a bespoke product package to best serve their users.
University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, effective today access restrictions have been removed on all 1,150+ titles in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press' scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. Strengths include political science and public (including health) policy, performing arts, classical and medieval studies, American studies, and Area studies (especially East Asian, African, and German studies). Over 200 titles in the collection are used in courses and there are almost 300 award-winners.
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 link below to learn about the library's streaming video collections:
Streaming Video Collections
Kutztown University provides access to over 100,000 streaming video titles for our faculty and students. These titles include documentaries, feature films, ethnographies, primary source material, and much more.
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: bookshelf.vitalsource.com.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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