Several publishers and vendors of textbooks, ebooks, and journals have lifted access restrictions on some or all of their content for a limited time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This site lists available resources with dates of access and instructions for how to access the materials.
See below for the resources to find electronic versions of books. We have been very successful using these resources to find ebooks for patrons.
See the tabs on left for more free resources for ebook and journal collections, and in the humanities and social sciences, plus science and engineering.
Temporary service - HathiTrust will monitor the situation, and emergency access will end when they decide to do so.
The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service makes it possible for you to obtain lawful access to specific digital materials in HathiTrust that correspond to physical books held by the UMass Amherst Libraries during the pandemic. Books can be checked out for one hour at a time, and are unavailable for download.
To access books using HathiTrust:
Waitlists have been reinstated.
The Internet Archive’s Open Library is a large collection of digitized books available to borrow for free, but each item goes out for two weeks, and there are large waitlists for items. In response to the school and library closures, the Internet Archive had suspended waitlists so that you can borrow items immediately. Due to the lawsuit, they reinstated waitlists at the end of June 2020.
To borrow an item, you will need to log-in and create a free account with your email address.
On June 1, 2020, a group of commercial publishers filed suit against the Internet Archive alleging that the Archive's loans of electronic books infringes the publishers' copyrights. The Internet Archive is collecting stories about its National Emergency Library from those who benefited from this access to books. For more information, see https://blogs.umass.edu/copyright/hachette-v-internet-archive or contact your liaison or Laura Quilter, Copyright & Information Policy.