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COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus 2019/2020: COVID-19: Free e-Resources & e-Textbooks

Information and resources about the outbreak of novel coronavirus - COVID-19

Milner Library Response

Due to the University’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Milner Library currently has adjusted hours and services. This is a fluid and constantly changing situation. Any updates to Milner hours, services, and resources will be added to this page. This guide is dedicated to sharing the various platforms currently working with prominent publishers to provide electronic titles, at no additional charge, to support free eBook and e-Journal initiatives during this time of crisis.  If you need a refresher on ebooks, please see our ebooks guide. Note** The list of publishers is ever growing and the individual publishers shown on this guide are only a sampling of those offering free access to e-books, databases, and other e-resources.


Free Resource Access Options A-I

The Children’s Book Council has compiled a list of free publisher online resources that might be useful for education students.

Elsevier has made all textbooks (not journal articles) freely accessible on ScienceDirect to support students and lecturers whose classes have moved from campus to online. You can view the available offerings of textbook titles by clicking here.

To access free eTextbooks, choose a subject area in ScienceDirect, then mark the boxes for "Books" under Publication Type and "Subscribed & complimentary" under Access Type.


Free Resource Access Options J-O

JSTOR is extending access to all of its journal/primary source collections through June 30, 2021 for participating libraries, including Milner Library.

JSTOR has also extended its free access to ebooks from participating publishers through August 31, 2020. A list of the more than 32,000 available titles from 48 publishers can be viewed here: download a title list.

With the recent coronavirus situation, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals related to COVID-19 freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this potential health crisis.

Free Resource Access Options P-Z

Portland Press and the Biochemical Society have made all of their journal content freely available during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Publishers currently making their content accessible for free on Project Muse 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), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books).  There is a list of publishers providing free access to their content, which will be continually updated.

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database is aggregated information pertaining to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 outbreak. 

The ProQuest training team has additionally put together COVID-19 searches that are available on here:

Public Books Database provides an up-to-date of publishers which are making their content freely available during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Royal Society Publishing is temporarily making all ooQuestf their COVID-19 content available open-access.