Temporary access to additional e-resources

The Library provides access to hundreds of thousands of e-books, e-journals and other electronic resources, all of which are accessible via Library Search.

Some additional e-resources are being made freely available by publishers for a short period – mostly to the end of May or June 2020 – to support teaching, learning and research during  COVID-19. Some of these materials may not be accessible in the longer term without the Library paying additional fees to licence this content for ongoing use. Please be assured that we shall be monitoring this situation closely, and will update this list as resources are removed, or new ones added.


AccessEngineering is an award-winning engineering reference and teaching platform that delivers world-renowned, interdisciplinary engineering content integrated with analytical teaching and learning tools.

AIP Publishing

To support global research during the COVID-19 pandemic, AIP Publishing has made this collection of articles on infectious diseases, epidemics, computational epidemiology, and pandemics free to read.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews removes access control in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

To assist the many students, faculty, and researchers who are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Annual Reviews have made their journals available to all (without access control) through Thursday April 30, 2020.

ASTM International

ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment - including face masks, medical gowns, gloves, and hand sanitizers - to support manufacturers, test labs, health care professionals, and the general public as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency.


In collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries, BioOne and their publishers have made articles related to coronavirus in three journals available via open access through 2020.

British Online Archives

British Online Archives (BOA) have decided to provide all existing UK customers with free access to the whole of British Online Archives until the 30th June 2020. This offer will be continually reviewed and extended month by month if deemed necessary.

BOA provide students and researchers with access to unique collections of primary source documents. Their website hosts over 3 million records drawn from both private and public archives. These records are organised thematically, covering 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare to slavery and medicine. Themes include ‘American Studies: the colonisation of North America and the American revolution’, ‘The British industrial revolution: mills and education’, ‘Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule’, ‘Politics and protest: from major party politics to popular protest and parliamentary history’ and many more.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is offering free, online access to higher education textbooks until the 31st May, 2020. 

All 700 textbooks published are currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core.

Free access to coronavirus research on Cambridge Core includes more than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles. Future articles will be added on publication.

CUP has joined other publishers in signing a commitment to make the research available through PubMed Central and other public repositories of journal literature.


CNKI has launched an Open Access Platform for all Chinese literature published regarding the current new coronavirus known as COVID-19.

CNKI have also opened up access until 31st May, 2020 to medical books on COVID-19.


Developed in conjunction with the Cochrane Community and based on World Health Organization interim guidance, these Special Collections assemble Cochrane Reviews in key topic areas relating to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

  • Cochrane Library Coronavirus (COVID-19)

De Gruyter E-books

Free access to e-books on the De Gruyter platform up to copyright year 2016. Please note that access to content from the University of California Press, University of Chicago Press and Yale University Press will be delayed until the end of April/early May due to platform upgrade. Access will automatically be granted once this content is available.


Access to the Droz database is free until the 29th May 2020.

The three collections included can be accessed at:

Gale Reference Complete

Cengage has provided free access to their Gale Reference Complete collection until the end of July 2020:


To help support online learning and remote research for the remainder of the semester, the following GSW book publishers have extended public access to all of their ebooks through June 30, 2020.

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Canadian Science Publishing
  • Clay Minerals Society
  • Geological Society of America
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • SEPM
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • University of Wyoming

Harvard Business Review E-Book Subscription Collection

Harvard Business Review Press Collection includes HBR’s complete catalog of e-books. Access is available until 31st May, 2020.


Information on JSTOR resources during COVID-19.

JSTOR have granted us access to all available content on their website.

Database and e-book collections are also available:

Kortext – Free Student E-Textbook Programme

Kortext, an e-textbook provider has partnered with some leading textbook publishers to provide temporary access to titles (until June 30th). Requests for titles should be sent to your College Librarian. We will work with Kortext to obtain access and provide users with a specific link to access the title. Please note, requests can take a couple of weeks to be made available.

Law Trove

Oxford University Press is offering free, online access to around 200 Law textbooks across core and optional modules until 31st May, 2020.

LWW Health Library

We have temporary access to the following LWW Health Library collections until the 25th May:

  • Anatomy & Medical Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports Medicine

Login to LWW Health Library.

Music Online: Classical Scores Library

Proquest are offering free, online access to this resource until 19th June 2020. Music Online: Classical Scores Library  is the largest and most authoritative resource of in-copyright scores to support teaching and research in classical music. This multivolume series contains more than 53,000 titles and 1.3 million printable pages of the most important scores in classical music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. Project MUSE expect to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.

RIPM Resources

RIPM Centre has provided freely available access to their three resources until the end of May 2020:

Royal Society of Chemistry

All Royal Society of Chemistry-published research papers related to COVID-19 are available to read now as part of a free-to-access collection:

There is also a growing list of freely available research on STM’s dedicated page:


This collection includes the latest medical research from SAGE related to the virus as well as top social and behavioral research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences.


Springer Nature has made available for free all relevant research they have published and continue to publish, and are strongly urging their authors submitting articles related to this emergency to share underlying datasets relating to the outbreak as rapidly and widely as possible.

The latest coronavirus research and news items are freely available from Springer Nature. This material is authoritative and could help on a broad scale. The landing pages for this open content are:


The University has free access to Statista, including the Global Consumer Survey, until the 20th July 2020.

Taylor & Francis

Information on COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access.

This site provides links and references to all relevant COVID-19 research articles, book chapters and information that can be freely accessed on Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis ebooks in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into COVID-19.

The Wall Street Journal

The University has free access to the Wall Street Journal until the 20th June 2020.

In order to access the Wall Street Journal, create an account using your University email address. Once registered, you can access The Wall Street Journal with this account.

University of Michigan Press

To support remote teaching and research during the COVID-19 global health event, titles in this collection are free-to-read until June 30th, 2020. Please note titles are read online only and not available for download.

VitalSource – Free E-Textbooks from participating publishers

An approved  third party e-book provider – VitalSource – has arranged temporary free access to selected textbooks from participating publishers for students who are unable to borrow print course materials due to Covid-19 campus closures.

Students may create a VitalSource Bookshelf personal account, and then select up to 7 textbooks from the range of participating publishers, with access available until 30 June 2020. 

The range of publishers currently includes American Psychological Association; Bloomsbury Academic; Bristol University Press; Cengage; Edward Elgar; Elsevier; Macmillan International Higher Ed; McGraw Hill; Kogan Page; Pearson; Springer Nature; Taylor and Francis; Wiley; WW Norton. More publishers are being added, full list available.

Please note that the Library may already provide electronic access to some of these textbooks, so it is worth checking by searching before selecting any of your 7 titles in VitalSource Bookshelf.

 Setting up access to VitalSource Bookshelf

  1. The Vitalsource Bookshelf login page provides instructions for students to set up a personal account – you must use your University of Glasgow e-mail address ending @student.gla.ac.uk.
  2. You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address, and you may then sign in and search for textbooks relevant to your studies via the ‘Explore’ Tab.
  3. Once you locate a relevant title, hover over it and click ‘borrow’ – please note that you may only borrow 7 titles in total – once you click on a book to borrow it, one of your allowances is permanently assigned to that title, and you cannot swap titles once you have selected  your 7 allowed books. Borrowing the title places it in your Bookshelf.
  4. VitalSource have FAQs which provide help and information.
  5. If you are using a mobile device to access the Bookshelf, you will only see e-books which you have already selected/successfully launched.  If you would like to download a book on a device, you would need to launch it through the web browser first.


Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access.

Wiley has made a collection of journal articles and book chapters on coronavirus research freely available to the global scientific community.