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W&M Libraries Resources to Support Teaching & Learning During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Free Resources from Library Vendors During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Updated as needed)


Royal Society Journals

All content available with no paywall for all journals published by the Royal Society of London.


Brill COVID-19 Collection

More than 30 leading STM publishers have committed to making all of their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications immediately accessible. At Brill we have opened up books and articles on topics such as public health, distance learning, crisis research. If any new related content is published with us, it will be added to this collection.



Oxford University Press

We are also pleased to share that our colleagues at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, have made their courses on Teaching Online and Blended Learning freely available until the end of May in order to help those tackling distance learning for the first time. Find out more information about these courses on the Epigeum website.

And finally, please be aware that OUP has a comprehensive hub of the latest COVID-19 research, freely available for the duration of the outbreak, in order to support researchers, medics, and public health professionals in dealing with the crisis. 


Annual Reviews

We at Annual Reviews have been thinking about how to help the many students, faculty and researchers that are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To assist them, on Monday, March 16th we will temporarily remove access control to our content.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

As the crisis deepens, The Chronicle is providing free access to our breaking-news updates.
We invite you to explore our complete coverage of the coronavirus, including other tools and resources you might find useful:

Films on Demand Cloud Hosting

Films On Demand offers cloud hosting which allows you to upload up to 10 programs from other producers for which you own the digital rights to our Films On Demand platform.  This allows you to stream the video, add it to a playlist or create segments, embed it in an LMS and share it out to students just like you can with any of the other title on our platform.  Our tech support department is available to help with any questions you may have.  If you need additional storage space we have cloud hosting packages available. 


Gale Cengage  

COVID-19 Customer Support Web Page.  “We have created an online toolkit where librarians and educators can find and optimize their existing resources, access additional resources supporting health research and content for teaching, professional development resources to help transition to virtual learning, and more."


Gale Primary Sources is a universal research experience that combines Gale's digital archives in a single cross-search interface. Users may select one, all, or a combination of accessible databases to search. Includes access to Public Health Archives, Archives Unbound (300+ collections), The Essentials (86M+ pages of primary source content) and Historic UK and American News & Periodicals, as well as the Digital Scholar Lab at:


ProQuest Ebook Central

Coronavirus-Impacted Libraries get Unlimited Access to Ebook Central Holdings. ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from these publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during that period, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June.  List of participating publishers here (pdf)

  • ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge. This change will go into effect on Ebook Central early next week. Participating publishers include: ABC-CLIO, Bloomsbury Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier Health Sciences, Harvard University Press, IGI Global, Nova Science Publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, The University of Toronto Press, World Scientific, and more.

Publishers temporarily lifting access restrictions (Bronze Open Access) on content related to COVID-19. All resources below are freely-accessible as of March 13, 2020:

Freely Available Resources 

  • Directory of Open Access Books:  directory of academic, peer reviewed open access books.
  • free public domain eBooks that you can download in the EPUB format.
  • Google Books: Previews and full-text ebooks. Full-text books are out of copyright, or books in which Google received permission from the publisher to reproduce.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library:  a repository providing access to public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.
  • Internet Archive: Ebooks and Texts Archive:  contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts, and academic books.
  • Project Gutenberg: first and largest single collection of free ebooks that are out of copyright in the United States.
  • PLOS (Public Library of Science): open access ejournals in science and medicine.
  • NCBI Bookshelf: free online access to ebooks and documents in life sciences and healthcare.
  • OAPEN Library: Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
  • BioMed Central: part of Springer/Nature, BMC publishes open access journals in science and medicine.
  • Open Book Publishers:  freely-available ebooks and e-textbooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  • Project Muse: open access ejournals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies.
  • DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books):  collection of peer-reviewed open access ebooks.  
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals):  collection of peer-reviewed open access ejournals.
  • Mason OER Metafinder: provides a real-time, simultaneous search of 21 different sources for open educational resources

Other Sources of Support—From Local to Global