Extra free library resources to support remote learning!

Find what you need, digitally!

As well as all the resources in your Digital Library at University of Kent, a number of suppliers of academic resources have made content freely available to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a list of those we know about so far:


Berghahn Books are offering free eBooks for individual users directly through their website until April 30. Use discount code REMOTE20

Brepols Online provide a e journals and ebooks over a range of humanities subjects plus politics. We already have access to many of their journals but until the end of May they have added the backfiles of their online journals ebooks to support University teaching.  Access via Institutional login

Bristol University Press are offering a free trial to all 14 of their journals (social sciences focused) access them here

Cambridge University Press have made over 2,000 ebooks available to Higher Education institutions. These cover all disciplines and are available via our institutional access. They can also be found on LibrarySearch Digital.

GALE ebooks offer their  Novels for Students series. This series provides overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods and is useful to humanities subjects particularly English Literature and Language. It includes discussions around the plot, characters, themes and structure, as well as the work’s cultural and historical significance. Please note if prompted to enter a password use “open”.

IGI Global have provide us with free access to their 226 journals and over 5000 e books until the end of May. Content covers science, technology, engineering and business information drawn from over 100,000 industry-leading researchers and experts worldwide, Access is via our institutional login.

JoVE (Journal of Visual Education) is offering universities free access to their Science Education videos for 3 months until 15 June, to support students with distance learning. JoVE specialises in science subjects, their video demonstrations cover a range of topics in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and psychology as well as many laboratory techniques. Access this extended content via our institutional access.

JSTOR is making all of its archive journal collections, along with a new collection of 26 Public Health titles and over 30,000 ebooks openly available.

IEEE are offering over 400 eLearning courses through to the end of June to help support students and academic staff teaching engineering and computer science. They include a wide range of technical subjects; bioengineering, robotics, electro-optics, signal processing and computing. They can be embedded in Moodle or browsed through via our normal institutional access.  

Proquest ebooks will provide unlimited access to their content from 23 March until mid-June. This includes over 100 publishers titles covering all disciplines and is accessible via Ebook Central.

ScienceDirect Textbooks All 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect covering a range of science topics will be available to users for a period of 90 days. Students and staff can access these through our institutional access. Tick ‘books’  in the menu to narrow done to textbooks.

Other content may become available over the coming weeks and we will update this page when this happens.

Tips for finding alternative resources:


  1. When looking for resources also bear in mind there might be Open Access versions of the journal article or book chapter you need .
  2. Check your reading list for alternative resources to a topic.
  3. Search for similar titles using keywords in LibrarySearch Digital, Google Scholar or other e resources.
  4. Go to your subject guide for specific guidance on what is available in your discipline as recommended by your Liaison Librarian

Still need help?  Contact the library with details of what you are looking for.

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