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APA Publishing -  is helping to support our customers during this challenging time by making a variety of resources freely available. For students and faculty at colleges and universities that have shut down their campuses and moved classes online, we are allowing instructors to use PsycLearn: Research Methods content with their students at no cost for the remainder of this semester. The eight available modules of PsycLearn: Introduction to Social Psychology are also available. Interested educators should contact their APA Partnership Manager or email

With APA Style content in particular demand, librarians might also point their patrons to our free online seventh edition style and grammar guidelines.

We have a curated and continually updated collection of freely available APA journal articles examining the psychological impact of a pandemic, the effects of economic stress on mental health, telehealth, and other topics related to the current crisis.

For both clinicians and the general public, APA has a continually updated pandemics resource. Of particular interest may be this article on “Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19.”

Cengage – Cengage is offering free access to its entire catalog—all of its online learning platforms and eTexts, across 675 course areas—through Cengage Unlimited, through end of term, to any student in any class at any U.S. college that has been impacted by COVID-19. This includes access to its Cengage Mobile App, which enables access to learning materials in the event students do not have internet access or a computer at home.

Duke University Press - In response to the current challenges that universities face as a result of the spread of COVID-19, Duke University Press is offering libraries additional support.

  • Navigating the Threat of Pandemic / Syllabus - books free until June 1, 2020; journal articles free until October 1, 2020 (additional as of 3/17).
  • Extended grace access for content hosted on both of our platforms ( and through the end of May for our existing customers.
  • As courses transition to online, they can provide 90 days of complimentary electronic access to course materials. Contact 
  • Shared reading lists, which offer free content (included is Navigating the Threat of Pandemic).
  • Remote access options on both content platforms. If you would like to set this up, please contact Customer Relations team at
  • Please be in touch about your library’s needs. You can reach the library relations team directly at or visit their dedicated web page where they will post updates.

Elsevier ScienceDirect Textbooks -  The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers (including those journals customers who do not currently have books) 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.  Access the title list here.

Macmillan Learning - If your school is transitioning from in-person to online classes because of COVID-19, its ed tech tools - LaunchPad, Sapling, FlipIt, iClicker & Lab Sims - are free this semester until July 1 for impacted customers using its print books. Contact your rep for details.

McGraw-Hill – McGraw-Hill is making its core digital learning platforms, McGraw-Hill Connect and ALEKS, available for free to any student and instructor who needs it for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term:

Ohio State University Press - Tony Sanfilippo (

We have opened all of this year’s scholarship at OSU Library’s IR Knowledge Bank. We also opened our linguistics textbook which is used at hundreds of universities worldwide. That can be found here:

Oxford University Press -

Free resources and access so that you and your students will experience as little disruption as possible. These include:

  • Access to digital, course-specific resources that you can use to flesh out your online "lectures"—including videos, simulations, animations, activities, flashcards, quizzes, test banks, PowerPoints, and more—that can all be loaded directly into your LMS.
  • Instructions on how to access your desk copy as an eBook.
  • Free access for your students to OUP Higher Education eBooks for the balance of this term.
  • Free access to online courses from our sister company Epigeum to help you learn strategies for managing the digital classroom.
  • Webinars for teaching specific disciplines online.

We encourage you to check back regularly as we continue to update with additional resources. Please note: you don’t need to have adopted an OUP text to use these resources. In fact, we encourage you to share this email with any colleagues who you think will find these helpful.

University of Michigan Press -  In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. The free access to the UMP EBC allows users to read books without restriction on the Press’s award-winning Fulcrum e-book platform, developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. DRM-free downloadable versions, perpetual access, and other benefits remain reserved for libraries that purchase the 2020 or any other annual collection. Contact: Lanell White 

Wiley - Beginning today, instructors without an adopted online learning solution, such as WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta or zyBooks, can receive free access for their students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Instructors teaching at impacted institutions can request access to WileyPLUS or Knewton Alta here; instructors looking for zyBooks access can apply here. For current WileyPLUS and Knewton Alta instructors, Customer Success Specialists are equipped to provide additional support, including extension of due dates, adjusting assignments or increasing the capacity to work remotely.  

Link to list of publishers offering free access compiled by OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ambassador, Mary Hricko. 


Barnes & Noble - Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., a leading solutions provider for the education industry, announced the Company has joined VitalSource in an effort to support students impacted by the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Beginning today and through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, VitalSource will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at BNED campuses that have closed due to COVID-19.

RedShelf will provide e-books at no charge for the remainder of the current semester term.  More information can be found here:

VitalSource - VitalSource Helps supports students at semester-calendar schools who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. can now access an expansive catalog of etexts through May 25, 2020, at no charge. This program is made possible by the support of leading publishers, campus retailers, and independent bookstores in higher education. Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. More information can be found here: