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Open Educational Resources (OER)

A guide to educational material that are freely available to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

Resources Temporarily Available FREE or on Modified Terms

Resources updated and curated daily by Resident Librarian Hanni Nabahe--please contact her with updates or changes. 

Trial Databases

The Library is licensing ebooks for every textbook we can. In addition, the following resources are trial databases being evaluated for a future subscription.


Publications (Ebooks, Journals)



Guilford Press Journals is offering temporary access to journals in psychology & psychiatry, public health, and social criticism. Available through July 31.


undefinedO’Reilly for Higher Education includes tech and business content from more than 250 publishers - along with videos, case studies, expert-curated learning paths and self-assessments. From the drop-down menu, choose: Not listed? Click here. Then enter UVa email address to access content. New resources with no expiration date for access at this time.



Streaming (Video, Music)

undefined5MinuteConsult provides fast, evidence-based answers to your clinical questions at the point of care. Available through July 10, 2020.


undefinedLWW Health Library provides a singular access point to clinical and educational content, as well as rich multimedia ancillaries for teaching, learning, and practice. Available through July 10, 2020.


undefinedPidgeon Digital This is a collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers. The talks are shown as online presentations, which are fully searchable for use by the wider architecture and built environment community. These resources are available through July 31, 2020.


Sage Knowledge is a social sciences platform for SAGE and CQ Press book, reference, and video content.

SAGE Research Methods Video includes hours of tutorials, interviews, video case studies, and mini-documentaries covering the entire research process.

SAGE Video showcases highly relevant educational video across key social science disciplines. Each collection includes a breadth of video types to support diverse research and learning needs. All videos are fully citable with searchable transcripts, custom clip creation and embedding.

All three of these resources are available through July 6.

Commercial Vendors and Publishers


Expanded temporary access to JSTOR's collection of over 35,000 ebooks, in addition to all JSTOR Archive and Primary Source collections, is now available through December 31, 2020.



undefinedSearch SpringerLink's package of Free Textbooks and Library Link special issue during Covid 19. Make sure to first access the database from this proxy link and uncheck the "Include Preview-Only content" facet (yellow box at the top of left-hand column) to access full-text titles available to the UVA community until the end of July 2020.


The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers (including those journals customers who do not currently have books) while campuses are closed.  Access the title list here and other details on these materials can also be found in their page for COVID-19 resources for librarians, campuses and health professionals. Elsevier will also provide access through ProQuest Ebook Central through Aug 31, 2020.




British History Online (BHO) is a digital collection of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a special focus on the period 1300 to 1800. All transcribed content on BHO freely available to individual users until July 31, 2020.


OverDrive offers both eBooks and downloadable audiobooks compatible with many different devices with the Libby app. Access to content is being expanded through the summer and is free through your public library. Don't have a JMRL library card? Sign up online for a temporary elibrary card! If you need assistance, chat, email, text, or call JMRL using their Ask a Librarian.


AudioBookClub is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for schools and libraries. Part of Tumblebooks, Inc., it supports a virtually unlimited number of simultaneous users. Access available until August 31, 2020. See privacy policy here.

Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6



Academic Publishers

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). Additional participants will continually be added and update in the list of publishers offering free access to content.

Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive "Free" icon, different from the "OA" icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with content held by their library. MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books.  There are over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform.



Cambridge Core is providing access to all 700 textbooks, published and currently available in HTML format through June 29, 2020. Browse a list of titles or download a list at their site.


The University of Michigan Press will lift access restrictions for all 1,150+ titles until August 31, 2020. Included in the Collection are over 200 titles used in student courses and almost 300 award-winners. Strengths include political science and public (including health) policy, performing arts, classical and medieval studies, American studies, and Area studies (especially East Asian, African, and German studies).


The UMP EBC is fully accessible on Fulcrum, a leading community-developed, open source platform for digital scholarship that offers users the ability to read books with associated digital enhancements, such as: 3-D models, embedded audio, video, and databases; zoomable online images, and interactive media. Please note that UMP's is a “free-to-read” initiative that allows on-screen reading, not download. Only purchasing libraries can take advantage of downloadable titles and other unique benefits.


MIT Press Direct  books are now freely available to UVA users through June 30, 2020.



For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank.


The University of Virginia Press (UVA Press) is making all of its ebook content on the MUSE platform open-access through June 30, 2020.



Not-for-profit Platforms

HathiTrust has temporarily opened up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. HathiTrust’s online collection contains more than half of the UVA Library’s book collection. To take advantage of this resource, follow these instruction. Note that you are not able to download the book in any way; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This is to protect the author’s rights. You will have 60 minutes of access to the book during any session. If you remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended.


Journals & Periodicals

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)- research articles published over the last year in ASM’s 16 scholarly journals

Bloomberg Media - access all of’s premium news and analysis of business, finance, climate change, technology, politics and more through July 31, 2020 for college students only.

Duke University Press is proving free online access to journal articles until October 1, 2020.

JSTORE - Free access to new Public Health journals through December 31, 2020.

Library Journal - temporary full-access pass for all readers to all premium content, usually available only to premium subscribers.  Please enter with the following credentials: Login:; Password: LJfullaccess1. During the COVID crisis, also providing free access to the digitized editions of the magazine archive, including the latest issue. To access,  go to the LJ homepage  and click on "Access Digitized Edition" in the upper left-hand corner. For  return visits, click on "Bookshelf" in the upper right-hand corner of the  Bookshelf-MSI landing page. 

Publisher's Weekly - Digital magazine available through the duration of the COVID crisis.

SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) - Epidemiology Collection is open to the public with no expiration set.

Resources updated and curated daily by Resident Librarian Hanni Nabahe--please contact her with updates or changes.


AudioBookClub is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for schools and libraries. Part of Tumblebooks, Inc., it supports a virtually unlimited number of simultaneous users. Access available until August 31, 2020. See privacy policy here.

Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6


Artist Resources

The Center for Book Arts is offering online courses on various subjects and levels of difficulty led by lecturers and practitioners, and will instruct the foundational methods and structures in the Bookbinding and Letterpress curriculum, but will also offer other expansive elective classes to encourage experimentation and creativity. Classes are offered with a suggested donation: student pay what they can, as the donations will be used to pay the instructor and to cover the class expenses.

Resources updated and curated daily by Resident Librarian Hanni Nabahe--please contact her with updates or changes.

Journal Articles

The following publishers agreed to make to make their content accessible in machine-readable formats and license it in ways which allow researchers to use text and data-mining and machine-learning technologies on all of the content (including data) made available. You can see an expanded list of signatories in this press release by the Wellcome Trust.

AIP Publishing - COVID-19 Collection

Atypon - Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Special Edition (aggregator of over 30,000 authoritative sources across the web)

American Society for Microbiology - Novel Coronavirus Resources

BioOne - Peer-reviewed articles on COVID-19

BMJ - Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources

Cambridge University Press - Coronavirus Free Access Collection

Clarivate Analytics - Research published on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Web of Science

CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure, 中国知网) - Free Access to Featured Collections on COVID-19

CochraneCoronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care. Also available in Simplified Chinese, GermanFarsi, French, Japanese, Bahasa Malaysia, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

DynaMed - COVID-19 Diagnosis and Management Resource Center

EBSCO - COVID-19 Updates and Information

ElsevierCOVID-19 resources for librarians, campuses and health professionals | Free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) | 1Science Coronavirus Research Repository

Emerald Publishing - Free content related to Coronavirus and the management of epidemics.

JAMA Network - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

JoVE - Coronavirus Free Access Resource Center

JSTOR - Resources during COVID-19 | Free access to new Public Health journals

Lancet - Coronavirus Resource Centre

Mary Ann Liebert Publishers - Freely-available science-backed research on coronavirus

MIT Press - Articles for Understanding Pandemics and Epidemiology

New England Journal of Medicine - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Ovid (Wolters Kluwer) - COVID-19 Tools & Resources for Clinicians

Oxford University Press - Free Access to OUP Resources on Coronavirus and Related Topics

PMC (PubMed Central) - Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative

In PMC, you can find full-text journal articles relating toCOVID-19 (all) | Open Access | Author Manuscripts | Coronaviruses broadly (historical and current literature) (all) | Open Access | Author Manuscripts

PLOS - Disease Forecasting and Surveillance and COVID-19 updates.

ProQuest - COVID-19 information resource center | Coronavirus Research Database

Sage Publishing - COVID-19 Articles

SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) - Epidemiology Collection

Springer Nature - Free research, articles, ebooks, and additional commentary on COVID-19

SSRN (Elsevier) - Coronavirus and Infectious Disease Research

Taylor & Francis - COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

The Royal Society - Research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak

Thieme -  Specialist Information on the Coronavirus

University of Chicago Press - Coronavirus Research

UpToDate (Wolters Kluwer) - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Wiley Online Library - Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access | Scitrus, real-time feed on COVID-19.


Information is Beautiful - COVID-19 #Coronavirus Infographic DataPack


CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports - Coronavirus: U.S.-China Economic Considerations (3 pgs.) | COVID-19: Economic Development Implications (4 pgs.) 

Euromonitor - Coronavirus Impact on Global Supply Chains

Goldman Sachs - Research and Insights Relating to COVID-19

IMF (International Monetary Fund) - Policy Responses to COVID-19 From Governments Around the World (April 2020)

JP Morgan - Coronavirus Research

McKinsey - Coronavirus Insights

National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine - Rapid Expert Consultation on Social Distancing for the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 19, 2020) | Rapid Expert Consultation on Severe Illness in Young Adults for the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 14, 2020)

Nielsen - Media Consumption Rises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic | Consumers Forced Indoors During Crisis Spend More Time On MediaLocal TV News Proves to Be the Medium of Choice for News and Information

NPD Group - Weekly U.S. Consumption Trends During COVID-19

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) - Coronavirus: the world economy at risk, Economic Outlook Report (March 2020) | Evaluating the Initial Impact of COVID-19 (April 2020) | Country Policy Tracker Cities Policy Responses

Science - Effect Of Travel Restrictions On The Spread Of The 2019 Novel Coronavirus

WTO (World Trade Organization) - Trade in Medical Goods in the Context of Tackling COVID-19

World Tourism Organization - Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 Outbreak on International Tourism (16 pgs.)


ITHAKA - COVID-19: Incorporating the Student Perspective into Institutional Decision-Making


RAND Health Care - Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States (49 pgs.) | Critical Care Capacity Spreadsheet (.zip)


COMCAST - COVID-19 Network Update

NCTA - Internet & Television Association Broadband Usage Metrics, Trends, and Observations Dashboard

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) - COVID-19’s Impact on Press Freedom

TrendForce - Comprehensive Analysis of COVID-19 Outbreak’s Impact on Global High-Tech Industry (February 2020)

Trackers and Visualizations

Apple Mobility Reports - Mobility trends in countries/regions and cities. Reports are published daily and reflect requests for directions in Apple Maps. Complete data sets available for download, feature daily changes in requests for directions by transportation type for all available countries/regions and cities.

Bloomberg - Mapping the Coronavirus Outbreak Across the World

Business Insider - COVID-19 Tracker From Microsoft/Bing

Coronavirus Dashboard - or, a site created by Avi Schiffman, a 17 year old high school student, started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Updated every minute or so with information from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, among others.

ESRI - US COVID-19 Community Gallery (data sites and dashboards from around the USA) | Exploring COVID-19 Impact on Vulnerable Populations Using Infographics

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - DPA guidance on data processing and COVID-19

Johns Hopkins University - COVID-19 United States Cases by County

KFF (Global Health Policy) - COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

Medum - Links to Notable maps visualizing COVID-19 and surrounding impacts

New York Times - Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak

Pan American Health Organization - Coronavirus COVID-2019 Geographic Spread in the Americas

Stanford's Big Local News Platform (Google-Funded) -  COVID-19 Case Mapper

UC Davis - COVID-19 Tracking Application

United Nations - UN COVID-19 Data Hub

Virginia Department of Health - COVID-19 in Virginia, is updated daily before 10 AM. Numbers are preliminary and close out at 5 PM the day before posting. Case counts reflect what has been reported to VDH by healthcare providers and laboratories. See "Locality" tab for counts by VA locality, then scroll down to Thomas Jefferson Health District for Albemarle's figures. Select the locality on bar chart menu or on the table to see historical data for an individual health district. 

Wilhelmsen - Shipping COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions Map


CDC (Centers for Disease Control) -Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Charlottesville's Daily Progress (paywall removed) - Coverage on local coronavirus-related stories

Charlottesville Business Innovation Council - Tracking local business committing to #FlattenTheCurveCville to slow the spread of COVID-19

Charlottesville Tomorrow - Special: Ongoing COVID-19 Coverage reports daily on local conditions at the Thomas Jefferson Health District, Virginia Department of Health, and more.

Cvillepedia - COVID-19 Emergency Page

LexisNexus (paywall removed) - Breaking news, in-depth features and expert analysis on all things relating to COVID-19 and the law.

IBIS - Freely available to the public through the links provided:

International Air Transport Association (IATA) - COVID-19 Latest Developments

International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) - Situation Reports and Primary Documents (Updated Daily)

National Association of Regional Councils - Resources for local governments at Coronavirus Disease 2019

New York Times (paywall removed) - Corona-Virus / COVID-19 coverage | COVID -19 US Case Tracking Map

NewsGuard - List of websites known for publishing misinformation on COVID-19

NIH (National Institutes of Health) - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Washington Post (paywall removed) - Corona Virus Simulation | Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

Curricula, Online Courses, Ebooks, Archives

BioRxiv and MedRxiv- COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv

Duke University Press - Navigating the threat of Pandemic Syllabus 

Johns Hopkins University - Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology: A Johns Hopkins Teach-Out (Coursera), for anyone who has been curious about how we identify and measure outbreaks like the COVID-19 epidemic and wants to understand the epidemiology of these infections.

JSTOR Daily - Teaching Pandemics Syllabus

LitCovid - curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information from NLM. Provides a central access to over 1,200 relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations.

Translators Without Borders - COVID-19 glossary in 11 languages

World Scientific - Information on the Coronavirus (ebooks)

Resources updated and curated daily by Resident Librarian Hanni Nabahe--please contact her with updates or changes.
Getting educators and students the course materials they need during COVID-19

Publishers and education tech companies offering temporary free access codes, but using content with restrictive copyrights, has downsides. We want to make sure educators know about the high-quality resources that are permanently free to students, and ensure faculty independence and student data privacy. These are some openly licensed resources that are free for students and can offer educators a greater degree of flexibility to suit their current teaching style and situation.

  1. Iowa State University’s OER Starter Kit provides information on switching from traditionally licensed materials to open materials as well as finding and using them in the classroom.
  2. The University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library is a user-friendly repository for open textbooks. The website allows a search by subject as well as reviews from professors currently using the books in their classrooms. 
  3. OpenStax has high quality textbooks available for free access online and gives students the option to purchase low price print copies. 
  4. Lumen is now offering their Online Homework Manager for free for the rest of the semester. Lumen is also offering webinars to help professors make the switch.
  5. The open community has also crowdsourced an expanded list of resources and tip guides, hosted by the Community College Consortium for OER. You may find resources tailored to your state there.

Beyond openly licensed materials, there are other free-to-student resources to consider. Faculty can ask librarians what free articles, movies, and other content are available based on their existing subscriptions. Educators can also provide materials such as chapters from books to students under fair use guidelines. Stony Brook University has a good guide to fair use for educational purposes on copyrighted materials here

It’s not easy, but we’re thankful for the work educators and their colleagues are doing to serve students in this difficult time. We’ll get through it, together!

Compilations of Special Offers

We will be monitoring these lists and selectively including relevant links to other tabs on this guide.

Berkeley Library's FMRT Lists: VideoLib, Videonews & VRT-List - Special Streaming Offers during Covid19 Cheat Sheet

Brown University (Regina Longo's) List - Streaming Resources MCM Remote Teaching and Learning

Library Journal's infoDOCKET - COVID-19: Special Offers and Updates From Vendors, Publishers, and Online Services

Information Services Providers - Public View

International Coalition of Library Consortia List - ICOLC COVID-19 Expanded Access Specifics WEB

James-Madison Regional Library - COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources

University of Florida List - Publisher/Vendor Support for Access to E-Resources in Response to COVID-19

Wheaton College - COVID-19 Offers and Resources


Other Compilations of Resources

CCCOER and Open Education Global - Open Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning in the COVID-19 Era

Directory of mutual aid pandemic disaster care (Cindy Milstein) - Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19

Library Journal's infoDOCKET - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources