COVID-19 – A list of temporarily free resources

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to endanger and interrupt lives, publishers in all industries are working hard to make sure readers of all ages have a smooth transition experience.

There are special free and extended resources available from various platforms and vendors during the current Pandemic in the world.  On behalf of TLT, Syeda Mukta Begum has collected all the free resources links to share with LIS professionals, researchers, doctors and others for remote learning and access in the lockdown period. Below is a list of industry actions, which we will continue to update for all.

ACS Publications

Here are enclosed a collection of free to read online teaching chemistry teaching resources from the Journal of Chemical Education and the ACS Division of Chemical Education. There are also virtual issues of all articles related to Covid-19 from ACS Publications: Chemistry in Coronavirus Research: A Free to Read Collection from the American Chemical Society. This regularly updated collection includes journal articles, video resources, distance learning modules, etc.


American Economic Association (AEA)

In these unprecedented times, researchers, faculty and students may not have access to their institution’s print-only subscription to the AEA journals. To ensure access as academic semesters and various student projects conclude, the Association is making its available journal content open access on the AEA website through June 30, 2020.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

To support rapid response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is providing access to key international standards supporting the biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience. To access the portal, users must accept the license agreement and register. Once registered for the portal, users can return to the ANSI portal. ANSI has also launched a COVID-19 ANSI Resource Webpage highlighting activities of the U.S. standardization community in the fight against the pandemic. The asset page spotlights ANSI individuals’ exercises supporting general wellbeing, security, and foundation, and incorporates significant ANSI declarations, separation learning openings, and different assets.

American Physiological Society (APS)

APS Coronavirus-Related Collection: For the remote users world-wide, articles deliberating COVID‐19, coronavirus, SARS and other related research will be freely accessible as part of the coronavirus-related collection.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Collection of freely available APA journal articles: There are a collection of journal articles about during Pandemic the effects of economic stress on mental health, telehealth, and other topics related to the current crisis. For doctors, nurses and the general public, APA has a continually updated pandemics resource. Of particular interest maybe this article on “Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19“.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources (ASM): ASM is giving free access to nearly 50 research articles published in the recent year in ASM’s 16 scholarly journals to help look into endeavours and interchanges about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews has set up a resource centre for articles that are freely available: Research Support: Coronavirus primer (Annual Reviews)


As COVID-19 cancels events and devastates in the community, ArtsHub’s mission is to double down in its support for the arts sector. COVID-19 freely available outside with new COVID-19 ArtsHub section to ensure free and easier access to the information.


OA to Berghahn e-books and journals: As expansions conversion to online, an increasing number of OA texts (many offered in both ePub and .pdf format) available for direct downloading.  In addition to those BOA journals available OA, all free access Berghahn Journals new issues and all back issues – will be made freely available through June 30.

Bezi Publishing Services

CEIC Data: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Map: Explore CEIC Data’s interactive global map covering the number of confirmed cases, deaths, recovered patients and concentration of the CoVID-19 virus. It’s free and updated daily for the users.

Biochemical Society/Portland Press

“The Biochemical Society/Portland Press has, along with several organizations and publishers, signed a joint statement on sharing research data relating to the coronavirus outbreak freely available in COVID- 19 Pandemic can be available in here.


As the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, BioOne is proud to share the wealth of relevant content from our publishing partners to provide support for those working on crisis solutions. Please see the links below:

BioOne COVID-19 resource page


Here is the collection of free and articles all available BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.


Brill have opened up access to selected e-books and e-journal articles on topics such as epidemics (past and present), crisis and containment strategies, and home-schooling and distance learning in the worldwide.

Cambridge University Press

Please see the free COVID-19 collection from Cambridge University Press.


A global coronavirus resource site from Clarivate to help medical researchers and healthcare professionals access the world’s leading research and late-breaking news around the coronaviruses.


Here is a collection of 2 COVID-19 Special Collections published: critical care & infection control and prevention, plus other Cochrane resources.

Credo Reference

To provide info on the Corona Virus, Credo Reference has been posting OA timely, science-based articles on COVID-19 on their website and blog.

Duke University Press

Here is the Duke university press free content reading list included is Navigating the Threat of Pandemic) and also opening all available content for East Asian Science, Technology and Society.


EBSCO would like to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 by extending free and expanded access to EBSCO academic content. These resources will help the students and faculty to adjust remote learning and researching.


Since January 2020 Elsevier has created a COVID-19 resource centre with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Elsevier Science Direct textbook list: Elsevier is opening up access to 256 textbooks on the Science Direct platform to help support institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. These titles will be available free of charge for three months.


Here is Emerald research on COVID-19 and the management of epidemics and pandemics free for anyone to access and have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository.

Harvard Business Review E-books (EBSCO)

As universities shift quickly to online instruction, librarians have a key role to play in supporting faculty and students. In order to help in these challenging times, EBSCO and Harvard Business Publishing are pleased to offer libraries free unlimited user access to the Harvard Business Review E-Book Subscription Collection until May 30, 2020.


While the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing, IBISWorld will continue to provide resources and information as it becomes available. You’ll find a centralized hub for all IBISWorld coronavirus resources on the Industry Insider – check back regularly for updated information.

IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing acknowledges the devastating impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having around the world and public health emergency, all coronavirus relevant published and forthcoming articles in IOP journals (listed here) will be made immediately available to PubMed Central (PMC) throughout the duration of the crisis, with rights to enable text and data mining, re-use and secondary analysis.

ISI Emerging Markets Group (via Bezi)

CEIC Data University provides an unrivalled 5.5+ million time series for local and global economic research. EMIS University provides unparalleled business and finance intelligence on world’s emerging markets.

JAMA Network

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – check here for JAMA Network updates on diagnosis and treatment.


JoVE is happy to provide all of our Education video content free to use in STEM teaching efforts through June 15th.

JoVE Core – isolate key scientific concepts and visualize them to maximize learning comprehension. This video textbook, available in Biology and Social Psychology, can be used as a primary teaching resource or a supplement to teaching materials.

JoVE Science Education – teach scientific fundamentals with this video library of simple easy-to-understand video demonstrations in 8 STEM fields.


To support institutions during this challenging time, JSTOR and other participating publishers are making an expanded set of content freely available to COVID-19 expediting the release of a new set of 26 JSTOR journal archives in Public Health, making them openly accessible through June 30, 2020. Also, access more than 35,000 e-books and a range of journals until June 30, 2020. Just select from one of the participating publishers on the landing page to access their e-books and journals through JSTOR on a variety of subjects.


Karger has created a Topic Article Package for COVID: Topic Article Package (Karger): Coronavirus (COVID-19) 48 articles are freely available.

The Lancet

To assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Lancet Coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together new 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All content listed on this page is free to access.


LexisNexis Offers Free, Comprehensive COVID-19 News Coverage and Practical Guidance Content from Law360 and Lexis Practice Advisor. Law360 covers COVID-19’s impact on the government, business and the legal profession; Lexis Practice Advisor toolkit provides guidance and insights across multiple practice areas to support decision-making and counsel on COVID-19 matters

Library Journal

Library Journal is providing temporary fee access to their digitized edition of LJ, as well as all the content of their website.

Mark Allen Group (MAG)

The dedicated Mark Allen Group COVID-19 page hosting any published articles relating to the COVID-19 virus, all of which is free to access.

Mary Ann Liebert

Mary Ann Liebert has selected a number of relevant articles from their Health Security, Telemedicine and e-Health and Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News titles. All of these papers are and will remain, free-to-access for the duration of this crisis.

Medicom Medical Publishers

Free access to the Medicom Conference Report library.

Microbiology Society

The extraordinary and global efforts made to curb the spread and impact of SARS-COV-2 mean that many microbiologists will be away from their workplaces and may find online access to resources compromised. Access Microbiology Society resources here.

MIT Press

MIT press has published MIT Press Articles issues related to pandemics, epidemiology, and other related topics. With the coronavirus outbreak disrupting campus activities around the globe, the MIT Press is offering libraries complimentary access to the MIT Press Direct collection of eBooks through the end of May 2020 to support faculty and students who are working and learning remotely. MIT Press Direct e-books are available on a range of subjects.


NEJM is providing a collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary. Editorials, perspectives and original articles can be accessed free of charge.

New York Times

Free access to the most important news on the Coronavirus outbreak from the New York Times coronavirus page.


LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing central access to 1200 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed.


The OECD has just established an OECD COVID-19 portal, gathering all relevant evidence, analysis and advice on policy responses published by the organization. All resources that are shown, including publications normally behind access control on OECD iLibrary, have been made fully accessible for the duration of the crisis.

Oxford University Press

With the recent coronavirus situation, Oxford University Press has made content from OUP online book resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policymakers, and others who are working to address this health crisis


PLOS blog on COVID-19. PLOS blogs offer diverse perspectives on science and medicine.

Project Muse

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).


Starting next week, ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from over 50 publishers through mid-June. Additionally, there is a list of authoritative ProQuest COVID-19 resources about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Royal College of Nursing

This page provides RCN members with the information and resources to support their understanding of and management of COVID-19. Nurses are fundamental to informing the public and reassuring them about this outbreak. Although most resources are targeted at RNC members, there are lots of useful links.

Royal Society

The Royal Society has signed a Wellcome Statement on the subject of research findings and data relevant to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This Royal Society special COVID-19 collection comprises some papers likely to be relevant to the outbreak.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Freely available content from the Royal Society of Chemistry relating to COVID-19.


Due to the current shortage of nucleic acid testing kits used to confirm the presence of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), CT scans have become the first line of defence in diagnosing a suspected infection. RSNA is currently processing peer-reviewed articles and cases of COVID-19 to provide the global radiology community with a free diagnostic resource to help prevent the spread of this outbreak and get more patients the care they need. Please see the RSNA link dedicated to COVID-19.

COVID-19 articles are available here.

COVID-19 podcasts are available here.

COVID-19 cases are available here.

For COVID-19 news click here.


Making any relevant content about COVID-19 freely available to your consortia members as well as universally for all readers. Please click on the SAGE COVID-19 microsite to see the articles. There is also a list of freely available SAGE Corona Virus related articles.


Click here for Scritus information on the coronavirus pandemic.

Semantic Scholar

A Free, Open Resource for the Global Research Community In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

FREE Content: The SIAM Epidemiology Collection, focused on disease modelling, pandemics, and vaccines, is freely available to all for one year.  SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science continues to be freely available this year during its introductory launch period.

Springer Nature

Springer Nature knows how essential access to research is in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Springer Nature e-resources about the virus and pandemic are available here. Educational institutions across the world have had to move ongoing classes online in order to apply to social distancing measures introduced by governments. Springer Nature would like to support institutions that have been affected by the lockdown with free access to textbooks. Access free Springer Nature textbook title lists and links (in Excel files) here.


SSRN’s Coronavirus and Infectious Disease Research page provides a curated view into the early-stage research to help researchers, public health authorities, clinicians and the public understand, contain and manage this disease.

Taylor and Francis

Peer-reviewed research published in Taylor & Francis journals is now free to access and available for anyone to read. In addition, T and F will support researchers, journals & funders to ensure that all research findings & data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly & openly. T and F have provided a list of some of the most recent, relevant pandemic studies on Taylor and Francis.


Specialist information of the Coronavirus from Thieme, free access.

University of California

In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on-campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is pleased to make online journals content free to all through June 2020. From this link click through to University of California journal content. To access articles from each journal click on the link that says “articles”. The content is freely available from there.

University of Chicago Press

A number of articles and book reviews about coronaviruses have been published in the University of Chicago Press Journals. They are now free to read on our site. Please visit our University of Chicago Press coronavirus information page for a complete list.

U.S. National Library of Medicine – NCBI

Search, retrieve, and analyze SARS-CoV-2 Genbank data.


Free access to COVID-19 research resources from Wiley.