Free Academic Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Several vendors have decided to make their journals, ebooks, videos, and other resources available for free or temporarily upgrading access models to provide to universities moving courses online. Below is a short list of vendors and publishers currently expanding access. Please remember these resources are only available temporarily.

If you have questions about any of these collections or trouble accessing them, please contact the library through email at or through the library chat at

*Added March 25th

Annual Reviews

Removing access control until April 30th, 2020. Over 40,000 articles on life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and more.

Chicago Manual of Style

The Online version of the Chicago Manual of Style is currently available through June 20th, 2020.

*Bloomsbury Digital Resources

Bloomsbury Digital Resources are now available through the end of May 2020. The list of collections includes:

Arcadian Library Online Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies Bloomsbury Popular Music
Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers Drama Online
Bloomsbury Collections Bloomsbury Food Library Screen Studies
Bloomsbury Cultural History Bloomsbury Medieval Studies Theology & Religion Online


EBSCO is partnering with publishers to offer free upgrades and discounted pricing for unlimited user access e-book models until June 30th, 2020.


JoVE has announced that it will provide free access to all its educational video content through June 15th, 2020.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in their lending library by creating a National Emergency Library. This waitlist suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.


Kahoot is a tool for quizzing students in online learning. For affected universities the full version of Kahoot is free until the end of the semester. Educators may request an account directly at Kahoot.


Kanopy is offering free access to a select list of films until April 12th, 2020. See the full list at:

Newspaper Archive

NewspaperARCHIVE is a useful resource for historical and genealogical information, containing more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.

Project Muse

Over 20 publishers offering their ebooks and journals on Project Muse have decided to make their contents freely available to support teaching and research during this crisis. Those publishers include:

  • 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).


All titles in Ebook Central from this list of over 100 publishers has been automatically changed to unlimited access.

Public Books Database

The Public Books Database aims to catalog such resources in a single location and to highlight titles of particular interest. We’ll be updating the list regularly as additional materials are made available.

Redshelf Free eBook Access Program

Search for electronic versions of textbooks, available through May 25th, 2020.


SAGE is offering free 90-day access to any library interested in providing SAGE Video, SAGE Research Methods Video.

*United States Documents Masterfile: 1774 – 2020

Paratext is offering this collections to all academic, public, and special libraries through June 2020. U.S. Documents Masterfile includes 15 million citations with 10 million links to foundational full text U.S. government publications.

University of California Press

Free access to all UC Press journals through June 2020.

University of Michigan Press

Free Access to Scholarly Ebooks through the end of April 2020.


VitalSource and Publishers to Provide Free Access to eTextbooks to Students Affected by COVID-19 Campus Closures through May 25th, 2020.