Digital Library Collection Extended
The University already provides access to over 400,000 eBooks and 80,000 print journal titles, but the digital Library collection is soon to be extended by thousands more eBooks and eTextbooks whilst students are studying and learning from home.
To maximise the digital library collection, the University Library is finding ways to open up access to electronic resources and take advantage of publisher content that is temporarily being made available during the Covid-19 pandemic by:
- Converting print textbooks to eBooks
The Library has signed up the ‘Free Student eTextbook Programme’ led by Jisc and Kortext. This initiative aims to provide free access to eTextbooks that are currently held as print copies in campus libraries. The access will be temporary until June.
Access to essential print textbooks on reading lists has been requested from Kortext and the Library will be making these key learning resources available as soon as publishers make the information available.
- Upgrading to Unlimited usage for existing Ebooks
Three of the Library’s main eBook providers ProQuest, EBSCO and Askews and Holts are automatically extending eBook licences to provide unlimited access to mid-June, meaning that all students who need to access their eBooks can do so simultaneously.
- Collating Open Access resources
A list of resources containing links to eBooks, eTextbooks and online journal articles that were published Open Access has been collated and made available to students on the Open Access Resources webpage.
- Signing up to additional content made temporarily made available by publishers
During this unprecedented time, publishers are making content that is usually paywalled by subscriptions freely available. The Library is contacting publishers and providers to get this access set up and will make additional content available from leading publishers available soon.