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Free Resources: General

In this guide you will find resources that have been made free for use to colleges in response to COVID-19 or are always free.


Please note that there are three columns on this page that are separated by type:

Column 1: Books, Column 2: Journals Resources, and Column 3: Teaching Resources

Books Resource List

Barnes & Noble Education

Press release

“ Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading solutions provider for the education industry, today announced the Company has joined VitalSource® in an effort to support students impacted by the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Beginning today and through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, VitalSource will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at BNED campuses that have closed due to COVID-19.”

De Gruyter

3/18 (nothing yet, solution planned by next week):

De Gruyter will be moving to an upgraded platform at the end of March 2020 and providing free access on our current platform would not be prudent.

However, we are currently working on a solution for making the thousands of De Gruyter and university press partner print titles in your library’s collection available digitally for an interim period. We hope to have a solution by the end of next week.  Apologies that we cannot do something sooner.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual De Gruyter contact.


Press release 3/19

To help your library manage the COVID-19 outbreak, EBSCO is partnering with publishers to offer free upgrades and discounted pricing for UU access e-book models. Scroll down to see nearly 200 publishers offering UU access at the 1U price.


Press release 3/18

Press release aimed at faculty: “As you make the mid-semester transition to online classes, many of your students will need to switch from printed to digital versions of Pearson materials. We are committed to helping with this transition, and offer several ways to ensure your students can access materials at no additional cost for the remainder of the term.”

Access via VitalSource or Redshelf for campuses covered by those, or contact link for others.

Project MUSE

Press Release 3/18

Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.

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), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). We expect to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.

Read the full announcement about free access to MUSE content. Please contact MUSE Customer Support with any questions.

VitalSource e-textbook platform

3/16 Press release

Books Resource List

Cengage (ebooks)

If your campus has been closed due to COVID-19, your students on US campuses get a free subscription to Cengage Unlimited through the remainder of the term, which gives them access to all Cengage ebooks and platforms.”

Elsevier ScienceDirect Textbooks

ScienceDirect Textbooks: The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers (including those journals customers who do not currently have books) 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 (expected to be updated by end of day Wednesday, March 18).

Elsevier also participating in the VitalSource ebook access, and through ProQuest Ebook Central

Ohio State University Press (the)

3/15: Contact: Tony Sanfilippo <>

We have opened all of this year’s scholarship at OSU Library’s IR Knowledge Bank, and at some point tomorrow all the titles from 2019 to 2015 will open up to join the 600ish other monographs we had rights to that were already open.


We also opened our linguistics textbook which is used at hundreds of universities worldwide. That can be found here:

University of Michigan Press


Contact: Lanell White

In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows 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.

Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 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.

Books Resource List

MIT Press

[Schol Comm List Serv e-mail]

Complimentary access to the MIT Press Direct collection of eBooks through the end of May 2020. To receive free access to more than 2,770 MIT Press eBooks via MIT Press Direct, librarians may complete this webform or reach out to Emily Farrell (, North America) or Jessica Lawrence-Hurt (, rest of world).


In addition, we are partnering with ProQuest and EBSCO to allow multi-user access through mid-June to our eBooks purchased on their platforms. We are also working with Project MUSE and University Press Scholarship Online to expand access to backlist eBooks available on their platforms.


We are gracing access for existing subscribers to content hosted on our journals, CogNet, and MIT Press Direct platforms through May 31, 2020.

Finally, we have gone through our journal backfile to select relevant articles from our collection that speak to issues related to pandemics, epidemiology, and other related topics. A list of freely available articles is being maintained and regularly updated on our blog.

Journals Resource List

Annual Reviews (journals)

Contact: Andrea Lopez <>

Annual Reviews removes access control in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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. On that date, we will assess the need

to extend this policy.

Publishers Weekly


effective today, I am pleased to offer free access to Publishers Weekly’s assets.

We will make the digital magazine available to everyone regardless of whether you subscribe starting with the current issue (March 16, 2020).

Everyone can now access the digital edition of PW from or from the PW app on iOS and Android.

Books Resource List

Internet Archive National Emergency Library

Click here for full press release 3/24

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.  

Teaching Resources

Lumen (Open Education Resources)


Amid all this disruption and uncertainty, the Lumen Learning Team stands ready to assist with any rapid transition institutions and educators may be making to online learning, in order to reduce risk and slow the pace of transmission.

Lumen courseware is designed to help at-risk students succeed in digital environments, and we want to make our learning tools and team readily available wherever we may be helpful. We’re taking the following steps to help institutions resolve problems and get students through this term successfully.

  1. Live classes may shift to Lumen Waymaker or OHM courseware at no cost for the remainder of the term. For faculty members seeking a well-designed digital alternative or supplement to their current textbook, Lumen courseware may be a good fit. Course set-up is simple, and faculty can be ready to teach the same day they make the change. We also provide free services to support a successful transition. Learn More. 
  2. To support professional development, we’re introducing a series of short videos about effective digital teaching and learning using Lumen courseware. We’ll begin sharing them later this week on Lumen’s blog. Topics include:
  • Setting up your course in the LMS
  • Engaging students in virtual environments
  • Staying connected to students at a distance
  • Helping students become self-directed learners
  • And more!
  1. Lumen’s outstanding Support Team is available to assist with any needs. Reach out with support needs and general questions, including help for instructional designers, LMS administrators and others working with faculty to switch modalities using our courseware. Send a message to or schedule an Office Hours appointment for live virtual support.
  2. Lumen Community Slack can connect you with the Lumen Team, as well as faculty using Lumen courseware and other members of our community. Use this form to request an invitation to this collaboration tool.

Please reach out if the Lumen Team may be of help in any way possible during this period.

Oxford University Press / teaching activities


- free resources and access so that you and your students will experience as little disruption as possible. These include:

  • Access to digital, course-specific resources that you can use to flesh out your online "lectures"—including videos, simulations, animations, activities, flashcards, quizzes, test banks, PowerPoints, and more—that can all be loaded directly into your LMS
  • Instructions on how to access your desk copy as an eBook
  • Free access for your students to OUP Higher Education eBooks for the balance of this term
  • Free access to online courses from our sister company Epigeum to help you learn strategies for managing the digital classroom
  • Webinars for teaching specific disciplines online

We encourage you to check back regularly as we continue to update with additional resources. Please note: you don’t need to have adopted an OUP text to use these resources. In fact, we encourage you to share this email with any colleagues who you think will find these helpful.

Joella Molway

Your Oxford University Press Representative

Millsaps-Wilson Library | Millsaps College | 601-974-1073 |