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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guide

This guide is a resource for locating quality information regarding COVID-19. It is not intended as a source for medical care or advice, nor is it an official communication platform for the University of Utah.

Book Platforms and Publishers

Barnes & Noble Education

Press release

“ Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading solutions provider for the education industry, today announced the Company has joined VitalSource® in an effort to support students impacted by the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Beginning today and through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, VitalSource will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at BNED campuses that have closed due to COVID-19.”

Cambridge University Press

Cengage (ebooks)

“If your campus has been closed due to COVID-19, your students on US campuses get a free subscription to Cengage Unlimited through the remainder of the term, which gives them access to all Cengage ebooks and platforms.”

Cambridge University Press (textbooks)

  • All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020 and a full list of HTML textbooks published on the platform can be found here:
  • Students in the United States will also be able to access free e-book versions of Press textbooks through VitalSource:
  • In addition, existing Cambridge Core customers can request free access to a collection of reference works for libraries during the same period, including all of the Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions and Cambridge Elements. Existing customers should contact their Library Sales Representative to make a request.
  • In addition, we are providing free access to coronavirus research on Cambridge Core. More than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles are currently in the collection, with future articles being added once they are published:

  • In addition, existing customers are being offered free access to key reference works on request to help them overcome the disruption caused by the global response to the pandemic.

Duke University Press

Ohio State University Press (the)

Contact: Tony Sanfilippo <>

We have opened all of this year’s scholarship at OSU Library’s IR Knowledge Bank, and at some point tomorrow all the titles from 2019 to 2015 will open up to join the 600ish other monographs we had rights to that were already open.


We also opened our linguistics textbook which is used at hundreds of universities worldwide. That can be found here:

ProQuest [unlimited access to subscribed titles]

ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from over 50 publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during that period, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June. No action is required by librarians to switch on unlimited access – this will be done automatically, and the transition will be seamless for users. You can learn more here:


VitalSource e-textbook platform

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