Supporting libraries during the COVID-19 crisis

In March, we worked with our publisher partners to offer participating academic institutions and secondary schools temporary free access to a set of 38,000 ebooks to support the sudden shift to remote teaching and learning, as well as a lack of access to the physical stacks of books. We’ve seen high usage, evidence that we helped to fill a gap in access, and a positive response from end users, libraries, and the publishing community that participated. While this initiative was initially slated to end on June 30, many of our participating publishers have generously agreed to extend access through August 31, 2020; nearly 34,000 titles from 48 publishers are included.

To get free access to these ebooks, in addition to all JSTOR Archive and Primary Source collections your institution does not currently license, please log in to your JSTOR library admin account and submit the request form.

Participating publishers (updated June 30, 2020)

We are grateful to the publishers that have generously offered free access to their titles.

Title lists

MARC records and discovery

The collection has been enabled as a target in EDS, Alma, and WorldCat Discovery. JSTOR is also offering free MARC records for these titles through the OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager. A new collection has been added called Books at JSTOR Temporary COVID-19 Access (collection ID: jstor.covidbk). The collection will not be automatically selected through the holdings feed, but you can search in Collection Manager and select it manually. You’ll need to enable record delivery as outlined in the OCLC Guide to JSTOR Records and will begin receiving records within 7 to 10 days.

Usage reports

Participants in JSTOR’s COVID-19 ebook collection can now download usage reports for these titles in our self-service admin portal. There is a report named “COVID Relief Books Access,” and the COVID-19 usage is also included in COUNTER 5 reports.