Increasingly, publishers and various e-resource providers – in response to the global emergency and disruption to on-site education caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus – are temporarily offering free access to a variety of specialist publications (including on COVID-19), extensive textbook collections, distance-learning courses, etc.
The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)* https://www.icolc.net/ has issued a formal STATEMENT to this effect (ICOLC Statement). It aims to appeal to global e-resource publishers to provide library users with open-access resources during the emergency to enable them to continue high-quality study and research efforts.
For inspiration, here are some examples of publishers who, at their own initiative or in response to the ICOLC request, have opened free access to their publications:
- Novel Coronavirus Information Center | https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center; https://ej.uz/Elsevier_cov_resources
- Textbooks: access to 256 textbooks for 90 days to all ScienceDirect customers, including those who have not yet subscribed to eBooks | https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/sciencedirect/content/book-title-lists
Oxford University Press
Free access until the end of May:
- COVID-19 publications | https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus
- Epigeum – free access until the end of May to distance-learning courses and courses for visually impaired people | https://ej.uz/Epigeum_resources
Free access until 30 June
- 26 Public Health magazine archives;
- Free access to most eBooks.
* The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal association that currently includes approximately 200 library consortia from around the world, both in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. ICOLC is the Cultural Information Systems Centre (KISC) for 2019.
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