Electronic Resources Available During the COVID-19 Crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis, many companies that provide resources for library collections have made certain portions available freely, either removing access controls entirely or allowing institutions like Laurier Library to add them to our collections temporarily.

Some of these resources offered were already part of our collection and all require some work in confirming access and helping our patrons find them. Here are some of what we've considered and/or provided access to so far:

Current extra access due to crisis

  • JSTOR has expanded access to their content in many ways, continuing through Thursday, June 30, 2022 (extended from Thursday, December 31, 2020). For more details, read JSTOR's news article about expanded access. See the JSTOR resource page for access to everything we now have on the platform. Several of JSTOR's archive, thematic, and primary source collections are now available to us, some of which we already had access to: Archive Journal Collections (Arts & Sciences I-XV, Business IV, Ecology & Botany II, Hebrew Journals, Ireland, Jewish Studies, and Life Sciences), Thematic Collections (Lives of Literature, Security Studies, and Sustainability), and Primary Source Collections (19th Century British Pamphlets, World Heritage Sites: Africa, Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa, Global Plants). The titles in these collections are discoverable in our Omni catalogue. (Updated 2021-09-24.)

Past extra access or related information

  • Laurier Library arranged to have access to digitized versions of the print books in our collection that are in the HathiTrust Digital Library temporarily during this crisis, through their Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). You could log in (with your Laurier Network Login username and password only - barcode access was NOT available) and limit to "full view" to see both freely available content and some of our print holdings. You could also have used our HathiTrust resource page. However, as the pandemic ended and access to our print holdings has been restored, the ETAS agreement has come to an end, as of 2021-09-13. (Updated 2021-10-04.)
  • Criterion-on-Demand has been part of our collection since before the crisis but the vendor removed the restriction that films from 20th Century Fox were not viewable from off campus, first until December 31, 2020, and now permanently. Go to our resource page for Criterion-on-Demand or search for content via Omni such as 2001, a space odyssey. (Updated 2020-12-03.)
  • EBSCO offered free access to Harvard Business Review e-books but due to a short availability window (only available until May 30, 2020) and the requirement to request access, Laurier Library did not provide access to this collection. For more information, see EBSCO's "Request Information..." page. (Updated 2020-06-17.)
  • Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews has been made open access during the crisis (end date to be determined). Laurier Library already provided access to this resource so nothing's changed for our patrons. Go to our resource page for Cochrane Library or find it through Omni. (Updated 2020-06-17.)
  • Cengage Unlimited by Gale is being made available for free to some academic institutions but only in the US. For more information, see their page COVID-19 Impacts on Your Courses. (Updated 2020-06-17.)
  • Docuseek made some of their content available for free until Tuesday, June 30, 2020. However, we already subscribe to the full collection. Go to our resource page for Docuseek or search in Omni for films, such as the 2004 film Age of Discovery. (Updated 2020-07-02.)
  • JSTOR made tens of thousands of ebooks available until Monday, August 31, 2020. (Go to JSTOR's page Expanded access to ebooks for more information.) These titles could have been found through the JSTOR platform through the JSTOR resource page and in our Omni catalogue until August 31.
  • JSTOR's collection of public health journals were made freely accessible. These titles are discoverable in our Omni catalogue. (Updated 2020-12-03.)
  • Some EBSCO ebooks that we've bought a limited number of simultaneous users for were temporarily made unlimited until Tuesday, June 30, 2020. They were available through our resource page for eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) to find all of these titles and many of these titles were discoverable in Omni. (Updated 2020-07-13.)
  • The Science Education videos by jove were made freely available (to institutions requesting access) until Monday, June 15, 2020. Laurier Library requested such access and so this content was available through our resource page for all of jove. Some of this content was also available through our Omni catalogue. (Updated 2020-07-13.)
  • Annual Reviews made all their journals open access until Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Laurier Library added this content to our Omni catalogue, in addition to the titles we already had access to. Go to their updated announcement about this for more information. (Updated 2020-07-13.)
  • Several Cambridge University Press resources were made available on request: all of the Cambridge Histories (of which we already had some), Cambridge Companions, Cambridge Elements, and their institutional textbooks, all on the Cambridge Core platform. Slightly over two thousand titles were added because of this, and were available until June 29, 2020. All this content was discoverable through Omni. (Updated 2020-07-25.)
  • Most of the ebooks we buy individually are on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform, and many of these are limited to one or three users at a time. During this crisis, ProQuest negotiated with many of the publishers of these books to remove these user limitations until Tuesday, June 30. See the ProQuest article about unlimited access for more details. You could search the entire platform through our resource page for ProQuest Ebook Central, or find them through Omni. (Updated 2020-07-25.)
  • Harvard University Press provided free access to Loeb Classical Library until Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to institutions requesting access as Laurier Library did. Classic texts were discoverable in Omni. (Updated 2020-07-25.)
  • MIT Press was offering free access to all 2,770 ebooks on their MIT Press Direct platform until June 30, 2020, but Laurier Library was not able to request access before the expiry. These titles may be considered for purchase however. (Updated 2020-07-25.)
  • Some publishers' books and journal content were made free via the Project Muse platform. You could have gone through the platform via the resource page for Project Muse (and still can), but much of this content was also discoverable in Omni. This free access expired from Sunday, May 31 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020, depending on the publisher. (Updated 2020-07-25.)
  • Bloomsbury Publishing provided free access to all of their resources until Friday, July 17, 2020. You could access all of them through the now-removed resource page for Bloomsbury resources or find many of them through Omni. (Updated 2020-12-03.)
  • Given the loss of access to our microfilm versions of the content, ProQuest granted us free access to ProQuest Recent Newspapers: National Post and ProQuest Recent Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal until Friday, July 31, 2020. Both papers were discoverable in Omni: National Post and Wall Street Journal. Since then, we've officially added them to our collection. (Updated 2020-12-03.)
  • EBSCO temporarily made a simplified version of their open textbook search and access tool EBSCO Faculty Select open access. This has since expired. (While it was available, we made the collection discoverable in Omni.) (Updated 2020-12-03.)