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Electronic Books: Free eBooks during COVID-19

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Free eBooks available during COVID-19

Due to the University’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this guide is dedicated to sharing the various platforms currently working with prominent publishers to provide electronic titles, at no additional charge, to support a free eBook initiative during this time of crisis.


Free Resource Access Options A-I

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. To support research efforts, Annual Reviews has curated a group of articles that may be useful for the scientific community and made them freely available. The complete content of all of the Reviews titles are also currently freely available to patrons. All Annual Reviews journals are available without access control through 15 June 2020 to assist those working and studying remotely during the pandemic.

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.


Guilford Press is making all of their journal content freely available through July 31, 2020.  They publish in the areas of psychology and psychiatry.

Free Resource Access Options J-O

JSTOR is extending access to all of its journal/primary source collections through December 31, 2020 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.

Milner Library now has temporary access to Loeb Classical Library of Greek and Latin works with English translations through June 30, 2020.

The National Emergency Library from Internet Archive freely offers over 1.4 million scanned books (published primarily in the 20th century) through the end of June, 2020. Users may borrow up to 10 titles at a time.

***Note:  Free temporary access ended June 16, 2020***

Ebooks freely available from Ohio State University Press do not require library activation. They specialize in literary studies, including narrative theory, Victorian studies, medieval studies, classics, linguistics, foreign language pedagogical material, and publish the annual winners of our short fiction and poetry prizes.

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.

World Scientific is making all of their e-journal articles freely available back to 2001.