Free e-resources during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers and vendors are making their previously pay-walled materials available for free for use by instructors and researchers. On this webpage, we compile these resources. It’s important to note that these resources will not stay openly accessible forever. Many of these resources are now discoverable in Omni

Remember, the Library has a large, existing collection of electronic books, journals, videos and databases. These materials can be found by searching Omni (books, journals, videos), or on our research tools page (databases). Omni contains records for both resources that we pay for, and open access resources – be sure to limit your search to resources available online. Feel free to reach out to your librarian for help with locating relevant resources for your classes. If you have an existing Course Resource List, library staff are actively looking for alternatives for print materials.

Offerings from publishers

  • Alexander Street Press
    • A publisher of streaming audio and video resources. The library already subscribes to many Alexander Street Press collections, but during the COVID-19 disruption new collections have been opened: classical scores, theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway and the LA Theatre Works.
  • Annual Reviews (until April 30, 2020)
    • Journals publishing review articles; all articles are temporarily open until at least April 30, 2020.
  • American Psychological Association (until May 25, 2020)
    • Over 160 ebooks published by the APA are available to students through two platforms:
  • Cochrane Library
    • Systematic reviews and clinical trials from the Cochrane Collaboration are open access until further notice.
  • Cambridge University Press (until end of May 2020)
    • The Cambridge University Press has provided free institutional access to many collections covering a wide range of disciplines, including physics, earth science, life science, mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities. 
      • Textbooks: access to over 700 textbooks in HTML format. These textbooks are only available online and cannot be downloaded or printed.
      • Cambridge Histories: a book series with over 300 titles with a concentration on political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music and the arts.
      • Cambridge Companions: Over 600 books with accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.
      • Cambridge Elements: Over 150 focused edited series on a wide range of topics.
  • Duke University Press
  • Harvard Business Review Publishing (until May 31, 2020)
    • A collection of ebooks from Harvard Business Review Publishing. These resources are hosted on the EBSCO platform.
  • Haymarket Books
    • Ten free ebooks already selected and made available by the vendor.
  • Index of Medieval Art (until June 1, 2020)
    •  Images and descriptive data related to the iconography of works of art produced between early apostolic times and the sixteenth century.
  • IGI Global (until end of June 2020)
    • A multidisciplinary publisher of books, encyclopedias and journals.
  • Internet Archive: National Emergency Library (until June 30, 2020)
    • The National Emergency Library is a large, digital collection of books published between the 1920s and early 2000s, the vast majority of which don’t have a commercially available ebook. The ebooks may be checked out for a period of 14 days.
  • JoVE (Journal of Video Experiments; until June 15, 2020)
  • JSTOR (through June 30, 2020)
    • They have opened up around 20,000 ebooks and continue to open as publishers make them available because of COVID-19. Leddy already has subscriptions to its journal content.
  • McGraw Hill
    • McGraw Hill has temporarily provided free access to two collections of medical books:
  • MIT Press Direct (until May 30, 2020)
    • Free access to more than 2,770 MIT Press eBooks via MIT Press Direct.
  • Ohio State University Press  (end of Summer 2020)
    • All scholarly monographs and the Language Files textbook will be open and free to use through the OSU Libraries Knowledge Bank.
  • Project MUSE (no end date for unsubscribed content confirmed)
    • Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive "Free" icon, different from the "OA" icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with the content held by their library. MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books. There are over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform. The updated list of participating publishers can be found here:; MUSE in Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic; and Project MUSE For Instructors
  • ProQuest Ebook Central (until mid-June 2020)
    • ProQuest has increased the seat limit for any ebooks that we already own. Ebooks that previously had a 1, 2 or 3-user limit now have unlimited access until mid-June.
  • Rittenhouse R2 Digital Library
    • Medical, nursing and allied health book content from health science publishers.
  • Redshelf (until May 25, 2020)
    • Students may borrow up to 5 books in total.
  • Royal Society
    • All journals are open access "for the time being".
  • University of California Press (until end of June 2020)
    • All journals from the UC Press are open.
  • University of Michigan Press ebooks (extended to the end of June 2020)
    • In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allow critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” 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, from Friday, March 20 until the end of April 2020.

COVID-19 content only

Some publishers are providing free access to materials directly related to COVID-19. These are listed here:

A note on finding information on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2

For reliable information on the COVID-19 disease, or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the coronavirus disease, consult information from trusted public health organizations. The WE-SPARK Health Institute has compiled a webpage with links to some of these organizations. For help finding research on these topics, we suggest this research guide developed at the Gerstein Science Information Centre (University of Toronto). Feel free to reach out to us for research help.


Much of this information is sourced from lists that are being collaboratively written by librarians and publishers across the world. Check back for updates. 

Publisher/Vendor Support for Access to E-Resources in Response to COVID-19, available at 

International Coalition of Library Consortia, Information Services Providers, available at 

University Information Policy Officers, Vendor Love in the Time of COVID-19, available at