Answered By: Leigh Lehmann
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020     Views: 76

eBook Access


In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, several library vendors and publishers are offering university students free access to eBooks and other eResources. This is a list of the current offers. 


Annual Reviews - To assist the many students, faculty, and researchers who are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Annual Reviews has made their journals available to all (without access control) through Thursday April 30, 2020. 

Cambridge University Press - Cambridge University Press is offering free, online access to higher education textbooks and Coronavirus research during the COVID-19 outbreak. 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.

Cengage - Students on US campuses affected by COVID-19 get a free subscription to Cengage Unlimited through the remainder of the term, which gives them access to all Cengage eBooks and platforms. Please click here for more information on how to set up access.

EBSCO - Free access to Harvard Business Publishing eBooks. This is a trial but will most likely last until campus re-opens.

Internet Archive - The Internet Archive now has a 'Controlled Digital Lending' feature. They scan entire (copyrighted) books, and then lend the book out for two weeks at a time, digitally. To borrow a book, students can create a free account here

JSTOR - Temporary access to eBooks we don't normally own.

Project MUSE - Participating publishers are making their content temporarily available for free through the Project MUSE platform. Content includes research in the humanities and social sciences, from university presses, scholarly societies, and related not-for-profit publishers.

RedShelf - RedShelf is partnering with the publishing community to provide students with up to seven free eBooks from participating publishers. This program applies to students at non-profit, semester-based schools, and access runs through May 25th.

ScienceDirect - The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers for a period of 90 days. Users accessing ScienceDirect through IP or remote access will be able to use these books while campuses are closed. Access the title list here.

VitalSource - VitalSource has joined leading publishers to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to quality digital learning materials through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTexts will be available for free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. Click here for a full list of publishers, but include APA, Cengage Learning, MacMillian Learning, Pearson Education, Wiley, and many more. Students who need assistance accessing free eTexts please click here