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Expanded and free resources during COVID-19 closure: 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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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.

Internet Archive 

What's included: 1.7 million books available in digital surrogate for online reading. 

How to access it:  Create or log in to a (free) Internet Archive account, and click on “Borrow” to check out an individual title.  Library available for search, here.

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. Offer expiration date unknown. 

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.