From March through August, JSTOR provided free access to a collection of nearly 34,000 high-quality ebooks from 48 academic publishers, as libraries grappled with the closure of physical locations. The books clearly filled a need, as these titles were used more than 7 million times across 4,500 libraries, and we’re extremely grateful to the publishers who participated in this effort to support students and faculty.

If you were one of our expanded access participants, here are your options:

COVID collection usage reports

Our self-service admin portal offers a report named “COVID Relief Books Access,” and the COVID-19 usage is included in COUNTER 5 reports as well. You can also request the usage report from your JSTOR representative using the form on this page.

Discovery services and MARC records

The COVID-19 ebook collection has been deactivated in discovery services. For libraries using OCLC’s MARC records, you will need to deselect the collection if you had manually selected it in Collection Manager; if the record deliveries were based on holdings information, it will be updated automatically. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Continuing access for ebooks on JSTOR

Flexible acquisition options

We recognize that libraries are facing an economic crisis at the same time as they strive to support users with remote teaching and learning. JSTOR provides flexible options to enable ongoing access to the content in the way that works for your organization, including:

  • Savings for books in the COVID-19 collection: You can choose titles that have demonstrated evidence of usage at your institution throughout the expanded access period of March-August. Contact us to learn more.
  • Demand-Driven Acquisition: Add records to your JSTOR DDA program and only purchase a title if there is continued use. If you’re interested in starting a DDA program with the titles used during the free period to ensure continued access, we can have that up and running quickly. If you add titles to a DDA profile, your institution’s usage of those titles during the expanded access period will not count toward purchase. If you have an existing DDA program with JSTOR, you can add as few or as many of these books to your profile as you want. We have generous purchasing trigger levels and savings on titles. And as of August 20, 2020, our DDA program will also be available via GOBI.
  • Evidence-Based Acquisition: Our EBA model offers unlimited access to nearly 50,000 backlist titles for a fixed price, with generous savings on the titles at the end of the access period, and a streamlined process for title selection.
  • Customized recommendations: Any combination of individual title purchase, DDA, and EBA is also available. Your JSTOR representative can work with you to find what works best for your organization.

Open Access ebooks remain available to everyone

JSTOR works with publishers to make high-quality Open Access monographs available to anyone who would like to use them, at no cost to libraries or users. More than 6,500 titles are now available from 85 scholarly publishers, including University of California Press, Brill, and Amsterdam University Press.

You can make the Open Access ebook collection discoverable to researchers using our free MARC records or by activating the collection in your discovery service. Once you set this up, you will automatically receive updates as new OA titles are added.