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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: 29 June 2020

Most recent additions/extensions: Shanghai Library Databases.

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
Airiti Until 31 July The Chinese publisher Airiti offers free access to the Han Cloud Research Platform for data and text mining of ancient texts and to the iRead e-books collection with over 2,000 fulltexts.

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.
Archaeopress Until 31 July More than 630 archeology e-books and all Archaeopress journals can be accessed through the Leiden University Catalogue.
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 June Berghahn, a publisher in the fields of anthropology, culture and history, has made all its journals free to access.
Cambridge University Press (CUP) Until 29 June 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.
Duxiu Academic Search Until 30 June Search through 3.3 million bibliographic records and access to 2.4 million academic Chinese resources, such as books and journal articles. Depending on the resource, partial or full text access is provided. Kindly refer to the user guide to get to the contents.
EastView Until 31 Juli EastView offers free access to the following Chinese resources: Lion Art Digital Archive, Taiwan Journals Search, Zhuanji Wenxue, Modern China and the Encyclopedia of Taiwan and the Continuation.
Edward Elgar Publishing Until 30 June Almost 600 Elgar books from our collection are now temporarily available as e-book and can be accessed through the Catalogue.
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.
De Gruyter Until 31 July De Gruyter has opened up 75,000 of its own e-books and e-books from partnering presses from 1650 through 2016 on the platform of De Gruyter.
JOVE Until 15 Juli 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 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.
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 Juli 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, usually until 30 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).
Shanghai Library Databases Until 30 September Access to several Chinese newspaper archives, such as The Shanghai Times and The Shanghai Evening Post.
Springer Nature Until 31 July Through the database SpringerLink books, access has been given to more than 500 key textbooks across Springer Nature’s eBook subject collections.
University of Michigan Press Until 30 June 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.

World Scientific

Until 30 June World Scientific has temporarily extended access to all its journal articles, published from 2001.

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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