May 26, 2022

COVID-19: Special Offers, Events, News, and Updates From Library Vendors, Publishers, Online Services, and Others

The links below provide updates and special offers from vendors and other companies that work with the library community.

Latest Additions

Expanded Access to JSTOR During Covid-19 Crisis

Follett, Baker and Taylor Team to Provide Free Access to PreK-12 Interactive Resources for Public Library Partners

Last Update: 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2020

ACM Digital Library “For the next three months, there will be no fees assessed for accessing or downloading work published by ACM.”

All The Free Trials And Deals On Streaming Video Services You Can Try Right Now (via

Ancestry Free At-Home Education Resources From Ancestry and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records

Apple Books Offers ‘Stay at Home’ Collection of Free Read-Alongs For Kids, Cozy Mysteries, And Audiobooks (via 9to5 Mac)

Arizona State University: “ASU For You Offers Publicly Accessible Learning Tools” (via ASU Library)


…kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.

Barnes and Noble Education


Booklist Announces Free Access For All

British History Online Makes All Research Content Free to Individual Users Until July 31, 2020 ||| Hat Tip: DH Now

Cambridge University Press

Checkology Free for U.S. Educators Affected by COVID-19 School Closures
From the News Literacy Project.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund  (CBLDF) Launches All Ages Read-Along

Coursera for Campus Will Be Available Globally at No Cost to Any University Impacted by COVID-19 Launches Learning at Home Center: Free Educational Resources for Kids and Parents

Duke University Press

We are extending grace access for content hosted on both of our platforms ( and through the end of May for our existing customers.

DPLA An Update From the Digital Public Library of America (March 23, 2020)


Elsevier Gives Full Access to its Content on its COVID-19 Information Center For PubMed Central and Other Public Health Databases to Accelerate Fight Against Coronavirus

Emerald Publishing Collection of Various COVID-19 Resources and Full Text Articles

Ex Libris Provides Free Access to Coronavirus–Related Research Funding and News

Follett In Response to COVID-19 Impact on Education, Follett to Deliver Free At-Home Learning Content During Crisis

Gale Launches COVID-19 Resource Center, Free to Access

GetAbstract Offers Free Access to Condensed Books and Reports Until May 18, 2020

Horn Book Offers Free Access to Online Issues

ITHAKA Response to COVID-19

JoVE Offers Free Access to Extensive Stem Education Video Library to Aid Remote Teaching & Learning as COVID-19 Pandemic Shuts Down Classrooms Around The World

Library Journal Offers Temporary Free Access to All Digital Content During COVID-19 Crisis

LexisNexis Offers Free, Comprehensive COVID-19 News Coverage and Practical Guidance Content from Law360 and Lexis Practice Advisor

Macmillan Learning FREE Access To Our Digital Tools for the Rest of the Semester

MIT Press Offers E-Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nelson Response and Support for theEducation Community DuringCoronavirus (COVID 19)

The New York Times Company and Verizon Are Offering 14 Million High School Students Free Access to Times Journalism


Ohio State University Press

For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank.

Open Editions

OverDrive No Cost and Low-Cost Ebook And Audiobook Collections For Your Community

Oxford University Press Supporting Communities Through COVID-19

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

Public Library of Science

Purdue University Press

Project Muse: Over 50 Not-For-Profit Scholarly Publishers Now Offering Free Content on Muse, Discovery Tools Now Available


RedShelf Free eBook Access Program

SAGE Waives Article Processing Charges for Research Related to COVID-19

Scholastic Learn at Home

School Library Journal Offers Free Full Access to Content, Digitized Magazines

Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, is offering a broad variety of free resources to help children and families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sidecar Learning; Librarians Who Developed a Novel Online Instructional System Are Giving it Away Until the End Of Spring Semester (via U. of Arizona)

Springer Nature Makes More than 500 Key Textbooks Freely Accessible For Educators, Students and Academics Affected by Coronavirus Lockdown

Time for Kids Launches Free Digital Library for Those Affected Globally by School Closures During the Coronavirus Pandemic 

University of California Press Journals Available For Free, Full-Text Until June 2020

University of Chicago Press

University Press Kentucky, University of Kentucky Libraries Provide Online Access to More Than 1,000 Books

University of Michigan Press COVID 19 Response: Free Access to Scholarly Ebooks

University of South Carolina Press Makes All of Their Ebook Free and Openly Accessible For Next Three Months

VitalSource and Publishers to Provide Free Access to eTextbooks to Students Affected by COVID-19 Campus Closures

WebJunction Libraries and the Coronavirus: Evolving Information and Resources

Wiley COVID-19 Resources

Full Text Journal Articles, Resource Centers, and Other Materials
No charge to access full text articles from publishers with paywalls.
Note: China Coronavirus: How Many Papers Have Been Published (via Nature; Jan. 31, 2020)

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