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Free digital resources during the coronavirus situation

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.

Access to more resources

Latest update: 4 August 2020

Most recent additions/extensions: -

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. 


Name Available Description/URL
Ars Aequi (Dutch) Until the end of summer The monthly journal and online platform Ars Aequi is now available for remote access through EZProxy.
Elsevier ScienceDirect Until 31 August 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.
Érudit   65 French journals have been made temporarily available. They cover a wide range of topics and are at least of interest to those interested in French history, cinema and literature.
Gale Primary Sources

Until 31 August

All GALE newspaper, periodicals and ebook collections are freely accessible through the university library and can be analyzed with the text tools in the digital scholar lab.
JSTOR Until 31 August / Until 31 December  Access to additional JStor Collections and coronavirus or publich health content is extended until December 31. The ebooks are for now available until 31 August.
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.
Ohio State University Press For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis Free access to all monographs and the linguistic textbook Language Files.
Shanghai Library Databases Until 30 September Access to several Chinese newspaper archives, such as The Shanghai Times and The Shanghai Evening Post.
University of Michigan Press Until 31 August All e-books are available in a read-only version at Fulcrum.

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.

Remote Access

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:

Library Services

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, if you need digital access to content, or have copyright questions, please contact us via Ask a Librarian.

Open Access

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 openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl.

Please note: Academics of LUMC may contact the Walaeus Library.

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