(More) free resources during coronacrisis
As our country is battling the Coronavirus and Leiden University has decided to move courses online for the remainder of the curriculum, libraries, publishers and course platforms are there to give access to the resources you need.
Course Reserve Shelves and Study Room Materials
At the moment the we are working hard on a solution for the books on the physical course reserve shelves. Reading room books are already available for lending. For more information see Coronavirus: limited library services.
Free online resources
Last updated on: 8 April 2020
Most recent additions: MIT Press Direct.
Many publishers have stepped forward by making videos, ebooks other courseware available for free. Platforms such as Boom, Ebsco and Proquest have temporarily upgraded the maximum number of concurrent users for ebooks. On this page we will give you a short overview of the possibilities.
Until end of semester
|The American Psychological Association has opened up the modules Research Methods and Introduction to Social Psychology on their Psyclearn platform to institutions moving to online education because of Corona. Educators should contact APA directly.|
|Ars Aequi (Dutch)||Until the end of summer||The monthly journal and online platform Ars Aequi is now available for remote access through EZProxy.|
|Berghahn||Until 30 April||Berghahn, a publisher in the fields of anthropology, culture and history, has upgraded the access options for library owned ebooks. Individual researchers may freely access books we do not have on Berghahns platform if they order using the code REMOTE20.|
|Cambridge University Press (CUP)||Re-instated until 31 May||Free access to the html version of all 700 textbooks in the Cambridge Core collection. This is an extensive collection containing textbooks for almost all disciplines, be it language, computer science or mathematics.|
|Edward Elgar Publishing||Until June 30||Almost 600 Elgar books from our collection are now temporarily available as e-book and can be accessed through the Catalogue.|
|Elsevier ScienceDirect||Until May 25||All textbooks on ScienceDirect are now free to access for all institutions subscribing to ScienceDirect. If you login through the University Libraries, you will have access to the textbooks. Elsevier focuses mainly on health, science, mathematics and law.|
|Gale||Gale has opened up a collection of 9 ebooks on how to transition from physical to online education.|
|De Gruyter||Expected to be available end of next week||De Gruyter will be opening up a large part of its own print titles and of titles from partnering presses on the De Gruyter platform. This is still a work in progress.|
|The Internet Archive (National Emergency Library)||Until 30 May||This library brings together all the books from Phillips Academy Andover and Marygrove College, and much of Trent University’s collections, along with over a million other books donated from other libraries.|
|JOVE||Until June 15||JoVE is offering all educational videos for free on its platform. The JoVE Core collection helps students get to grip with and visualize key concepts in biology and social psychology. The JoVE Science Education is a collection of video demonstrations from 8 different disciplines, such as chemistry and physics, that may be used as surrogate for lab experiments. The Lab Manual is a set of videos of labarotary techniques for introductory biology courses.|
|JSTOR||Until June 30||26 journal archives on public health have been made available. Also, all unlicensed collections and more than 30,000 books are now available.|
|Kahoot||Until end of semester||Kahoot is a tool for quizzing students in online learning. For affected universities the full version of Kahoot is free until the end of the semester. Educators may request an account directly at Kahoot.|
|Kanopy||Until april 12||Kanopy is a platform hosting documentaries, training films, Indie films and the Great Courses series. Until April 12 Kanopy has opened up all great courses, including any course materials and some additional documentaries on top of the subscription Leiden University is entitled to. Logging on with your university account is necessary.|
|Lumen Learning||Until end of semester||Lumen host online courses that may replace textbooks. They are so called Open Education Resources, which are paid for by the teaching materials that can be easily integrated into LMS-systems such as BrightSpace and Blackboard. For now these materials are also free to use until the end of the semester. Lumen offers a wide range of subjects on different levels, mainly the level of colleges and universities in the US. One of their best known partners is Carnegie Mellon University.|
|MIT Press Direct||Until 31 May||Access to all 2700+ e-books from MIT Press Direct in addition to the Environmental Science Collection Leiden University already owns. MIT’s collection is focused towards business, engineering, life sciences and computer sciences, but also includes Arts, (digital) Humanities and Social Science.|
|Ohio State University Press||For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis||Free access to all monographs and the linguistic textbook Language Files.|
|Oxford University Press||Resources for students and teachers are free to use, even if the lesson method is not currently being used in your programme. OUP also offers some online courses on creating bleded learning through Epigeum. The publisher mentions the use of ebooks through RedShelf or VitalSource, however this is for US universities only.|
|Project Muse||Dates vary by publisher, mostly end of May or end of June||Over 20 publishers offering their ebooks and journals on Project Muse have decided to make their contents freely available to support teaching and research during this crisis. These materials are marked with a distinctive free icon. Amongst the publishers 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).|
|University of Michigan Press||Until 30 April||All ebooks are available in a read-only version at Fulcrum.|
|Wiley||Until end of semester||Wiley offers free access to its online educational resources Wiley PLUS, Knewton Alta and ZY Books. To get access, teachers have to fill out a form for their specific class. The courses are mainly focused at Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering disciplines.|
|Until June 30||World Scientific has temporarily extended access to all its journal articles, published from 2001 onwards.|
VitalSource and Redshelf
On US websites you will find many references to free textbooks available on the platforms VitalSource or Redshelf. However, content at these platforms is mostly available to US institutions only if they have campus wide licenses.
Most of the digital collections of Leiden University Libraries are available outside of the campus. We do recommend you only use the login for content not available as Open Access, to improve performance. To get remote access to our library resources, you can use any of the following methods:
- Access the resource via the Catalogue.
- Install the Leiden Search Assistant plugin for Chrome or Firefox to get direct access (see front page of catalogue)
- Use our Bookmarklet for other browsers.
- Set Leiden University as linking library in Google Scholar.
Of course Leiden University Libraries is doing all it can to provide satisfying services to education. Systems such as the EZProxy login and the video platform Kaltura are scaled up to meet demands. However, if you do run into problems while accessing one of our databases, or if you need digital access to content, or have copyright questions, please contact us via Ask a Librarian.
National coordination center for online education
Together with the association of universities, VSNU, and the Versnellingsplan Onderwijs Innovatie, SURF has setup a national coordination center for online education (Dutch) to support online education. For now, a number of webinars to help in the transition were put online and there is a frequently asked questions group with information on software, quizzing, GDPR and copyrights. Scroll down on the page for English versions of the articles.
Copyright and online materials
Copyright specialist Erna Sattler has made a blog on online teaching materials and copyrights. The good news: nearly all reuse of teaching materials that is allowed in a regular lecture can also be applied to online teaching and to the distribution of captured lectures. The bad news: displaying a whole movie is is not always allowed in online education. Read more on copyrights and online education and on the Easy Access regulation at the blog.
The importance of open access availability of publications to support research and education is stressed once again during this period of working off campus. We encourage all researchers who wish to contribute to make their publication open access in the Leiden repository.
Almost withour exception, Leiden researchers can share their publications Open Access in the Leiden Repository. Publications in the Leiden Repository can be found easily in Google Scholar or in other international databases. If you would like to know how to publish Open Access at Leiden University, please visit our information page or make use of the flowchart (look on the right hand side ‘after acceptance’). If you have any questions about sharing your publications Open Access, please contact email@example.com.
Please note: Academics of LUMC may contact the Walaeus Library.