Below is an ongoing list of vendors offering free access to their electronic resources or other resources to support students, remote workers, and other library patrons.
COSLA Community Spreadsheet Detailing eResource Provider Response to COVID-19
COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) has compiled this Google spreadsheet listing free and reduced-cost offers from digital resource providers. As of Wednesday, March 18, it was heavily academic but was expected to grow with contributions for public libraries.
Educational Publisher ABDO Books is making their entire digital collection of PreK–12 educational titles and Zoom Database free until June. Please contact Michele Gillman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-698-2404, if you have any questions.
Amazon is opening up free streaming access to more than 40 children's shows. No end date has yet been announced (as of March 24). No Prime membership is required, but viewers must sign in with a valid Amazon account for access. Amazon has created a landing page for this free content at this link.
Audible Stories will provide free audiobooks for children and teens for as long as schools are closed. Includes a collection of stories across six different languages. Sign up and start listening here.
Booklist (https://www.booklistonline.com/) has announced free access to its online content. This includes:
For an enhanced online experience and to read digital editions on mobile devices, sign in to your existing online profile or complete the free profile form. Note that a profile is not necessary for reading online content, but having one will allow you to save, share, and download your work.
To learn how to put Booklist Online to work, please view this informative video tutorial.
Choice "Shelter in Place" Newsletter
Choice has just launched a new newsletter, “Shelter in Place,” with a collection of links to free content provided by Choice and other publishers. Sign up at this link and check the box for the "Shelter in Place eNewsletter."
EBSCO (via WVInfoDepot.org)
EBSCO has offered the WVLC access to the following databases through June 2020. These databases can be accessed via WVInfoDepot.org using the same login and password as our regular Info Depot databases.
Hub compiling support materials to help librarians and educators optimize existing resources available through their collections, enhance instruction, go virtual, share credible health information, and more. Page is expected to be updated continually.
Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) created http://publiclibrary.health to provide health-related reference tools, training on health reference, and free databases.
As of March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. See this IA blog post for more information.
Library Journal is offering a temporary, all-access pass to support the library community during the COVID-19 emergency. Access includes temporary free access to the digitized edition of LJ, as well as all the content on their website. Log in with the following credentials for full online access to LibraryJournal.com:
Email: email@example.com Password: LJfullaccess1
In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to certain guidelines. Go here for more information.
Project MUSE is making some scholarly content temporarily available for free on its platform to support higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment. This platform provides access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). Additional participants may be added in the near future.
Content freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive "Free" icon, different from the "OA" icon used for fully open access content. In addition to the temporarily free offerings, there are over 2,000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on Project MUSE.
A list of links to publishers offering free content on Project MUSE at this time can be found here: https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/.
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Scribd is making its library of millions of eBooks, audiobooks, magazine articles, and more available for free for 30 days. No credit card will be required. Register for your free 30 days using this link.
The TIME for Kids digital library will be free for the rest of the school year. Sign-up is required for access to free digital editions of one of four grade-specific editions of TIME for Kids and Your $: https://time.com/tfk-free/
TumbleBooks, a provider of online children's book databases, is making its online libraries available for free to all schools and libraries until at least August 31. Its Flagship product, TumbleBook Library, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBooks databases so they can be shared and accessed by your patrons in their homes.
World Book Online
World Book is providing educators with access to additional Pre-K to grade 12 learning resources through April 30, 2020. To gain access to these additional complimentary resources, click here.
World Book has also created a guide to support educators, parents, grandparents, caregivers, or anyone using their resources remotely.
To further support virtual learning, World Book will also be launching Wizard, an adaptive learning resource for math, science, social studies, and language arts. It is intended to ensure that kids retain content taught earlier this school year and to provide teachers and parents the opportunity to assign new learning topics and to monitor students' progress on each topic. Access to Wizard will automatically be granted to those who have registered for World Book's complimentary resources using the link above.
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