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ebooks: Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates


This tab is for updates to ebook provision as the libraries deal with with impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bodleian Libraries are exploring ways to support remote and online teaching using ebooks.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all offers of access are available only to current University of Oxford members (those with an Oxford Single Sign On), and not to Bodleian Reader Card holders or members of the public. Members of other Universities should contact their own university libraries regarding access to online resources.

Perlego: the libraries have arranged access to 300,000 book titles across a broad range of subjects until 17th July 2020.

Users need to register for an account in order to read ebooks on the Perlego platform.

To register, go to and enter your details, including your email address. The registration code can be found on WebLearn

Please send feedback to to your subject librarian or to

Cambridge University Press has made higher education textbooks free to access online until 10th July 2020. All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core. (

Cambridge University Press has also given free access to its Cambridge Elements series: original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific research, organised into focused series edited by leading scholars, and provide comprehensive coverage of the key topics in disciplines spanning the arts and sciences. Accessible until 10th July 2020 via SOLO and

Cambridge Histories Online 2020 can now be accessed until 10th July 2020. CHO is a digital collection of 250+ titles published since 1960 as part of the Cambridge Histories series. The collection presents an authoritative reference compendium for histories of many countries (e.g. Britain, Europe, US, Middle East, Far East, Latin America) and over 15 academic subjects (e.g. Classics, History, History of Science, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion). To access, follow

Bodleian Libraries have completed the purchase of a number of ebook collections from Bloomsbury, in Classical Studies, History, Law, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Theology, Medieval Studies, and Drama Online. Individual titles appear in SOLO.

Bloomsbury have also made other ebook collections freely available until 31st July 2020:

Oxford University Press has set up free access to the Law and Politics Troves (collections of etextbooks) until 10th July 2020. These are accessible via the VPN at and   

To set up the VPN, follow instructions here

If you have questions or difficulty using Law Trove, contact the Bodleian Law Library at 

JSTOR has made all their archival journal collections available until 31st December 2020, and a selection of ebooks temporarily available until 31st August 2020 to the University of Oxford.

Gale has given free access to a wide range of primary sources until 1st September 2020.

With the exception of State Papers Online, all of these collections can be accessed through the Gale Primary Sources platform: 

These same titles (excluding State Papers) will be accessible through the Gale Digital Scholar Lab for digital humanities research:

All of the State Papers Online collections are accessible through the following link:

Textbooks on ScienceDirect: Elsevier has granted access to 256 textbooks until 31st August 2020. They can be accessed via SOLO.

Springer have made approximately 500 textbooks available as ebooks on their website until 31st July 2020. These titles are available via SOLO. More information about Springer's initiative is available at

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

Edward Elgar have made ebooks available where the Bodleian Libraries hold print copies until 10th July 2020. These are available via

The University of Chicago Press has given access to a number of online journals: Afterall; American Art; Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; Journal of Cuneiform Studies; Journal of Law & Economics; Journal of Legal Studies; Res: Anthropology and aesthetics; Winterthur Portfolio. These are now available via SOLO.

EDP Sciences has made all 2018-2020 ejournal content which they publish freely available online via!s=current&l=en until 31st August 2020.

Note that not all content on their site is published by them so some titles may remain unavailable.

More information is available at

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

SAGE has given University of Oxford members access to some cross-disciplinary social science resources until 8th July 2020:

Gale have made freely available various resources to support libraries and educators impacted by COVID-19. More information is available via

You may be prompted to enter with a password. The password for all is "open".

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

Past Masters has made 25 additional collections freely available until the 31st July 2020. All are available via

  • Benjamin: Gesamtwerk
  • Edgeworth: Works
  • Montesquieu: Œuvres Complètes
  • Smith, Charlotte: Works
  • Weil: Oeuvres
  • Women Writing Home
  • Bello: Obras Completas
  • Dilthey: Gesammelte Werke und Briefe
  • Early Franciscans
  • Franciscan Medieval Philosophy
  • Friars Minor Rules Commentaries
  • Goethes Werke
  • Nietzsche: Briefwechsel
  • Olivi: Works
  • Oxford Duden German Dictionary
  • Peirce: Collected Papers
  • Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies I
  • Scheler: Gesamtwerk
  • Chawton House Memoirs
  • Chawton House Travel Writings
  • Martineau: British Empire
  • Martineau: British History
  • Wodeham: Lectura Secunda
  • Grimm: Briefwechsel
  • Schiller: Sämtliche Werke

The National Archives is giving free temporary and limited access Digital Downloads

The National Archives (TNA) is the official archive of the UK Government and for England and Wales, collecting documents dating back over 1,000 years. TNA is now providing temporary and limited access to their digitised collections. It is strong in military and naval history (e.g. service records, war diaries), wills from 1384-1858, and migration history (e.g. alien's registration cards 1918-1957). It also includes 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files as well as Domesday Book. Registered users will be able to order and download up to 10 items at a time at no cost, to a maximum of 50 items over 30 days.

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.


Various e-textbook platforms have made their content available to University members.

De Gruyter: we have temporary access until 31st July 2020 to a selection of etextbooks.

Kortext: we have temporary access until 31st July 2020 to a selection of etextbooks and the Oxford World's Classics series. These are accessible via SOLO - you will need to set up an account with an Oxford email address the first time you use the platform.

Guilford Press have made their ejournals available to access online via until 31st August 2020.

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

JSTOR has made all its public health ejournals available to access online via until 31st December 2020.

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

Expert Opinions and Reviews: We have access to 28 medical ejournals which form the Taylor & Francis Expert Opinions and Expert Reviews collections until 30th September 2020. These journals can be accessed via SOLO.

We have temporary access to the Philosophy Documentation Center E-Collection - a collection of scholarly journals, book series, conference proceedings, and other publications in the humanities and social science. Access is until 22nd July 2020. These titles can be accessed via SOLO or via

We have temporary access via LexisLibrary to the following ebooks:

  • Butterworths Competition Law Handbook
  • Butterworths Banking Law Handbook
  • Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook

They can be accessed via until 6th July 2020.

University of Michigan Press has made its ebooks on the Fulcrum platform available to read online via until 31st August 2020. Some open access titles can also be downloaded.

These resources are accessible to anyone, including those without an Oxford Single Sign On.

East View have made their 2020 ejournal collections freely available until 31st July 2020. These titles can be accessed via SOLO.

The Bodleian has now joined the HathiTrust and is setting up emergency access to 1.5 million in copyright items which are temporarily inaccessible in our physical libraries. University members can now log into the HathiTrust website and download whole volumes of public domain items.

In addition, from mid-June 1.5 million in-copyright items which would usually be available in print in the Bodleian Libraries will be available to be read online as ebooks.

Books on SOLO with online access will have a link through to the HathiTrust:

Only one person per print copy of the book can use the ebook at the same time, so if the libraries have 3 print copies, 3 people can use the ebook simultaneously. You will be logged out of reading an ebook after 60 minutes of inactivity.

This is an emergency, temporary access service  while our libraries are in lockdown and will end when access to our print collections resumes.

We have temporary access to Archaeopress Digital Collection until 31st July 2020. The platform contains approx. 450 subscription-based eBooks; a further 180 Open Access or Free to Access eBooks are accessible via the same platform as well as a few journals.

Emerald Expert Briefings: Expert Briefings are impartial and actionable responses to macro-economic and geopolitical events, prepared for global political and business leaders to help them understand the implications and influence decision-making. Delivered by Oxford Analytica using a unique combination of external experts and in-house analysts, we've partnered with this internationally-respected organisation to give academics access to the same information global leaders have at their disposal to assist research and learning. Temporary access available until 20th July 2020 via

Manchester Hive have made the following ebook collections available until 31st August 2020:

  • Manchester Film Studies
  • Manchester Gothic
  • Manchester History of medicine
  • Manchester International Relations
  • Manchester Literature Studies
  • Manchester Medieval Sources
  • Manchester Medieval Studies
  • Manchester Political Studies
  • Manchester Religious Studies
  • Manchester Security
  • Manchester Shakespeare
  • Manchester Studies in Imperialism

Access via

More than 2,500 MIT Press e-books are available until 31st July 2020. Key subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences. This collection of e-books can be accessed via

Late Qing and Republican Era Chinese Periodicals and Newspapers database

Alternative name: Quan Guo Bao Kan Suo Yin (CNBKSY)

The database offers full-text access to Chinese periodical publications (academic, popular, literary, professional) from 1832-1949 covering a whole range of subjects including politics, history, law, language and literature, humanities and social sciences.

In addition to Chinese periodicals, the database offers access to archives of several major newspaper titles published in English in China before 1949, including North China Herald and the China Press, among many others.

This resource is available until 28th July 2020.

This resource can be accessed via

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Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War: Intelligence, Strategy and Diplomacy provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953, with the majority of files dating from the 1930s and 1940s. Spanning four key twentieth century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War, the material is sourced from The National Archives, U.K. This resources is available until 20 July 2020 and can be accessed via

PrivCo Trial - This resource is available until 10th July 2020.

PriVcO is the source for business and financial research on US-based, non-publicly traded corporations, including family-owned, private equity-owned and venture capital-backed companies. PrivCo adds new companies and private company financial data on a daily basis. Search by unique private companies or conduct an advanced search to build lists and export data based on criteria such as industry, location, size, type of financial backing and more.

To access PrivCo, choose Login then choose Academic Direct Access or create an academic account. This can be accessed via

Please send any feedback on this trial to

A Complete eJournal Package 2020 from De Gruyter has been made available until 15th July 2020. De Gruyter  are an international, independent publisher covering subjects in humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and law.

Moazine is a full-text database of Korean magazines providing more than 200 titles of e-magazine service, the largest in Korea (20,000 issues+). This resource is available until 31st August 2020 and can be accessed via this link.