Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak. Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020. https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks; 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 regular library sales representative to make a request.
Ohio State University Press
For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank (https://kb.osu.edu/).
University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. Note they will be free-to-read, not to download, during this time. More information is here: https://blog.press.umich.edu/2020/03/ump-covid-19-free-access/
The university press community is also working diligently through third party aggregators as well:
Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on their platform. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are:
ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.
Starting next week, ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from these 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.
Although it is not fee access, I do want to also note that many of the University Presses are also partnering with ProQuest and EBSCO to allow multi-user access through mid-June to all e-books purchased on their platforms.