Textbooks and Access to Teaching Materials


In response to the pandemic, some publishers are granting direct, free access to e-book versions for various time periods. The University Library has created a guide to temporarily free publishers’ resources for textbooks, streaming video, and many other e-resources. Access to the services may be limited in terms of number of titles, time, and other factors. Students who use them should take note of the publishers’ terms and conditions, as well as policies on privacy and use of personal information.  Perusall is one popular website offering resources for textbooks.

Access to academic books, journals, and streaming video

The University Information Policy Officers (UIPO) has crowd-sourced a list of normally paywalled and/or licensed content that publishers “are making available on free or modified terms during the COVID-19 outbreak.” The UIPO list is being updated regularly as vendor and publisher offers continue to be announced. More resources and aggregated lists can be found on the above library guide to temporarily free publishers’ resources.

Note: Yale University Library licenses a wealth of digital content; the UIPO list will therefore include offers for free access to material that faculty and students can already access through the library. 

Course reserves

The Library uses a reservation management system that is fully integrated with Canvas. Instructors can submit requests by following the step-by-step instructions for submitting course reserve requests through Canvas.

More help available

Faculty seeking to identify and access electronic resources to support research projects and courses should reach out to their subject specialist for assistance.