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Free and Extended Access to Materials During COVID-19

This guide includes links to sources that are offering special free access for online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other free online learning sources. 

Learn more about Library support during this period:

Borrow Textbooks

Vendors and Publishers Offering Extended Access

  • American Psychological Association (APA) is providing temporary free access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th and 7th editions), the Concise Guide to APA Style, and more than 160 other books published by APA Books through VitalSource and RedShelf.
  • Cengage is offering free access through Cengage Unlimited. View available titles and get started by clicking "Create an Account" on the Cengage Unlimited login page and use your address to register. 
  • Dawn Sign Press is offering 3 month access to all video libraries for free, including the Signing Naturally series. 
  • EBSCO is expanding access to existing ebook holdings through June 30. Get started by searching the EBSCOhost eBook collection. Log in with your NetID or on the UR VPN to access.
  • Internet Archive - National Emergency Library is offering a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

  • JoVE is offering free access to its STEM video library through June 15, including more than 11,000 videos in eight STEM fields. Fill out their access request form to get started.  

  • Overleaf is upgrading Professional Accounts, free of charge, for anyone in need of a collaborative, online authoring tool until May 2020. Use this form to request an upgrade to your access.

  • Project MUSE is offering free access to ebooks from participating academic publishers through June. Search Project MUSE to get started.
  • ProQuest is offering expanded access to existing ebook holdings through mid-June. Get started by searching for books on ProQuest Ebook Central. Make sure you're logged in to the UR VPN to access

  • ScienceDirect is offering free access to their textbooks 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.  The title list is available here.

  • University of Michigan is offering free-to-read access to scholarly e-books in the Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) for the remainder of the academic term.

  • World Scientific is offering free access to all World Scientific journal content published since 2001. This takes effect now, until June 30, 2020.  Log in with your NetID or on the UR VPN to access.

Off Campus Access

All electronic library resources, including e-journals, databases, and course reserves, are available to current students, faculty, and staff from off-campus using either your My Account/NetID or VPN access.  When you click on the link of a restricted library resource from the libraries' website, you will be prompted to login.

Outreach Librarians

List of librarians by subject 

Contact your Outreach Librarians for finding any specific material, suggestions for alternate titles, or assistance with assignment design to facilitate interaction.