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Expanded and free resources during COVID-19 closure: Textbooks + e-books

Expanded and free resources for the MIT community

MIT Libraries will continue to support remote MIT courses and research. MIT Libraries search tools remain available for ongoing access to e-resources, including 200,000 ejournals and 700,000 ebooks. See tips on how to connect from on and off campus.

In addition, many publishers are making e-resources available for free and are expanding existing subscriptions, which we're listing in this guide. We will continue to update this list as the situation develops.


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Cengage Unlimited

What's included: Cengage is offering access to students and faculty to the Cengage Unlimited collection, which includes electronic textbooks.

How to access it: See Cengage's instructions for student access to course materials during Covid-19. You have to create a Cengage user account to receive a 14-day free trial of content. At the end of each 14-day trial period, you will be prompted to start another free trial period until MIT is no longer affected by COVID-19.

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Some publishers listed in other categories below may also include textbooks in their free offerings. If you’re looking for a particular textbook, check multiple sources.



Duke University Press - Navigating the Threat of Pandemic materials

What's included: Journal articles related to the spread of communicable disease. See list of included content.

How to access it: No additional action needed. Journal articles are freely available through October 1, 2020. Books on this list must be purchased. 

Harvard Business Review E-books

What's included: All e-books published by Harvard Business Review Press

How to access it: MIT users can access HBR’s e-book collection using the MIT VPN through July 2020.

HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service

What's included: Digital copies of some (35%) print books and journals in the MIT Libraries collection are available to check out. In addition, HaithTrust includes items in the public domain.

How to access it: MIT users can access the HathiTrust.  Select the catalog radio button under the search box. Click on the catalog record for your result. If the item is available, there will be a “Viewability” list at the bottom of the record. Click any “temporary access” link. You will be able to check it out by clicking the “Check Out” button. You will have one hour to view the item which can be renewed if no one else from MIT wants to access it. Please click the “Return Early” button to empty the queue if you no longer need the item before an hour.

JSTOR E-books

What's included: 35,000 e-books from scholarly publishers including Princeton University Press,Yale University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Columbia University Press, NYU Press, and 40 other scholarly publishers.

How to access: MIT users can access JSTOR e-books using the MIT VPN through August 2020

Ohio State University Press

What's included: All books published prior to 2016 are available through the OSU Press Knowledge Bank.

How to access it: No additional action needed. Content is freely available to all. This is a standing offer. 

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment

What's included: More than 400 scholarly peer reviewed volumes covering wide-ranging aspects of the eighteenth century and the Enlightenment. Titles in both English or French.

How to access it: MIT users can access Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment using the MIT VPN. Offer expiration date unknown. 

University of Michigan Press

What's included: All books in the UMP eBooks Collection

How to access it: No additional action needed. Content is freely available to all for read-only access through August 2020.