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Free Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many publishers are making their online resources freely available a limited time. Below you will find a listing with availability dates. This will continue to grow as we find new resources.

Cambridge Core

Free access to coronavirus research on Cambridge Core – more than 150 book chapters and journal articles related to COVID-19, with future articles being added once they are published:


EBSCO is making significant content available for KYVL members through June 2020, through ebook collections and upgrades to existing KYVL databases.

Courtesy ebook collections for pre-K through college and adult include:

  • EBSCO eBooks Cricket Media Collection (pre-K to 8th grade)
  • EBSCO eBooks K-8 Collection
  • EBSCO eBooks High School Collection
  • EBSCO eBooks Academic Collection
  • EBSCO eBooks Public Library Collection

Collections range in size from 750 Cricket Media titles to over 200,000 academic titles.

Courtesy database upgrades during this time include:

  • Academic Search Ultimate
  • Business Source Ultimate
  • CINAHL Complete

Geological Society of America

The coronavirus pandemic has presented unique challenges, particularly for universities and librarians who have had to quickly adapt to online learning. To help support you during this sudden transition, we have made all of our e-books freely available on GeoScienceWorld. Access will remain open through the remainder of the semester, ending on 30 June.

JSTOR eBooks

A special collection of 35,000+ ebooks is now freely available to JSTOR's participating libraries through June 30, 2020. Because your library participates in the Books at JSTOR program, we have turned on access to ebooks in this collection that you do not already license.


We have additional resources for libraries during the COVID-19 crisis, including expanded access to journals and primary sources, and resources to help with instruction and virtual learning.

Library Journal

To better enable you to engage with the challenges ahead from wherever you are working today, we are offering temporary free access to the digitized edition of LJ, as well as all the content on our website. On the website, we have created a temporary full-access pass for you to all of our premium content. This content—usually available only to Premium Subscribers—will be available to all readers.

Please log in here with the following credentials for full online access to

Email: Password: LJfullaccess1

We are also providing free access to the digitized editions of our entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. To access, go to the homepage and click on "Access Digitized Edition" in the upper left-hand corner. For return visits, click on "Bookshelf" in the upper right-hand corner of the Bookshelf-MSI landing page.

Ohio State University Press

For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank (

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on their platform. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are:

  • Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals)
  • Ohio State University Press (all books and journals)
  • University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals)
  • University of North Carolina Press (all books)
  • Temple University Press (all books)
  • Vanderbilt University Press (selected books)

MUSE expects to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content on this webpage:

ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge. ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from these publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during that period.

See a list of participating publishers ( – and check back regularly, as the list is constantly growing. For more information:

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest is opening up access to key components of Research Companion, a resource that helps college and undergraduate university students develop the crucial critical thinking and information literacy skills they need to do scholarly research. Libraries who don’t currently subscribe to Research Companion can access video modules and assessment tools from the product at no cost through June 30 at this link.

You'll get access to 10 easy-to-navigate multimedia learning modules that answer questions such as How do I choose a topic? Where do I find information? and How do I evaluate sources? These modules include 96 instructional videos, 192 assessment questions and four tools designed to walk users through the entire scholarly research process.

Get more information on Research Companion

SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

FREE Content –

The SIAM Epidemiology Collection, focused on disease modeling, pandemics, and vaccines, is freely available to all for one year: SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science ( continues to be freely available this year during its introductory launch period

Springer Nature Resource Hub

Our central resource hub contains links to relevant research from our journals and books, as well as additional commentary on COVID19. Our editors are also selecting pertinent content to highlight. Overall more than 12,000 pieces of journal and book content are free to access, and will continue to be so for as long as needed. Nature and Scientific American have also released podcasts from global experts on the pandemic and its development, and Nature Briefing continues to provide the latest research updates.

University of Michigan Press

University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of June 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. Note they will be free-to-read, not to download, during this time. More information is here:

University of California Press Journals

In recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is pleased to make all of our online journals content free to all through June 2020.


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