THIS GUIDE IS NOT CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED. MANY, BUT NOT ALL, OF THE OFFERS LISTED BELOW HAVE EXPIRED. MOST OF THE EAST ASIAN RESOURCES CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE.
E-Books and Other Available Resources
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak many publishers and vendors are making some or all of their content freely available. This guide lists some of these offers; it does not include material that is normally available through regular Harvard Library subscriptions. Please note that availability now will not guarantee availability in the future, and that these free items won't necessarily be found in HOLLIS. As always, if there's something you think the library should own, please fill out a purchase request form.
And if you need help finding something, email me directly, or Ask a Librarian!
This guide highlights the major offers that we're aware of as of March 25, 2020. Please see this list designed for librarians for a more comprehensive list of offers. Also, the Harvard-based Open Access Tracking Project has an extensive, tagged library of information on OA. Offers related to the pandemic are tagged oa.humanitarian; follow that feed here.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Thousands of books, including literary classics, children's books and non-English language titles
HathiTrust Emergency temporary online access to books that Harvard owns in print. Be sure to log in by choosing Harvard as the partner institution (Note: only available to current Harvard students, faculty, and staff) Details
Public Books Database (curated list of university presses offering free e-books during the pandemic)
Springer (access to over 400 e-books on variety of subjects)
(access our regular streaming subscriptions here)
Docuseek (Documentary films for Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films; library must own physical copy, contact Ask a Librarian for help)
IDFA Several hundred documentaries that have screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Many film distributors are offering to stream films previously purchased on DVD/Blu-Ray. Contact me if there's a film you're interested in, or make a purchase request.
The Bar Review will provide online access until they are able to resume printing.
SIAM is offering its epidemiology database for free through March 2021
Boston Symphony Orchestra Great performances from the BSO archives
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Entire archive of past performances, as well as virtual watch parties hosted by an orchestra member
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Live performances screened on YouTube or Facebook
Paris Art Museums (100K images of works held at 14 museums in Paris)
Shakespeare's Globe (free performances from famed London theater)
Some top publishers are taking the paywalls off their content related to coronaviruses and COVID-19. For a list of these, see this guide by librarians at Countway Library.