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Due to the corona crisis, many platforms and publishers offer universities and university libraries unlimited user access to eMaterials.

New publishers have been added to this news item. Latest update: 14 May 2020.

The University of Amsterdam purchases licences to access digital scientific information from many suppliers. Normally, many of these purchased materials have a limitation on the number of concurrent users for instance. The upcoming weeks UvA lecturers, students and researchers can make use of the temporary privileges.

Elsevier's ScienceDirect

Elsevier's ScienceDirect offers access to all ebooks to among others the University of Amsterdam. This takes effect until 7 August 2020. This is a temporary extension of the content. The content now includes also the Freedom Collection Books 2020 databases and the entire Backlist.

ProQuest (platform: Ebook Central)

ProQuest offers unlimited access to all owned titles through mid-June 2020, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment.

EBSCO (platform: eBooks on EBSCOHost)

Publishers partnering with EBSCO are automatically upgrading their access models until 30 June 2020.

Brepols Publishers

Free read only access to backlist:

  • Online Journals (content up till 2011, current subscribers have complimentary access to the last 10 years)

    Read only access can be activated to the following journal archives (at least until the end of May 2020):
    Analecta Bollandiana – Antiquité Tardive – Apocrypha – Bulletin de philosophie médiévale – European Medieval Drama – Food & History – Hortus Artium Medievalium – The Journal of Medieval Latin – Les lettres romanes – Manuscripta – Mediaeval Studies - Le moyen français – Nottingham Medieval Studies – Peritia – Publications du Centre Européen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes – Quaestio – Revue Bénédictine – Romance Philology – Sacris Erudiri – Viator
  • Online Books (content up till 2017):

    Read only access can be activated to the following eBook collection (at least until the end of May 2020):
    Brepols Complete = online access to more than 1,600 miscellany volumes & monographs in a wide range of research areas in the Humanities (published until end 2017)

World Scientific Publishing

World Scientific Publishing is committed to helping the global research and teaching community by supporting its users who are facing accessibility challenges due to the impact of COVID-19.

This has led to an upgrade of the University of Amsterdam journal access to one that includes all World Scientific journal content published from 2001. This takes effect until June 30, 2020. Read the articles at the World of Scientific Publishing website.


As requested, JSTOR have expanded the UvA's access to JSTOR for all eligible programs. This access is active through June 30, 2020.

The content includes additional journals and primary source collections beyond the ones you already subscribe to, and a rapidly growing collection of ebooks for those institutions that are not currently Books at JSTOR participants. 

IEEE ecourses

Until 30 June 2020, there is extended access to the IEEE e-courses and the Fronline ecourses 2017-2019. VPN is needed to have access to the materials.

2017 eLearning Frontlist
New course programs produced in 2017, including Cyber Security for Today's Environment, Hacking Your Company: Ethical Solutions to Defeat Cyber Attacks, and IEEE Guide to the Internet of Things.

2018 eLearning Frontlist
New course programs produced in 2018, including Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design Part 1, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design: Responsible Innovation, IEEE Introduction to Edge Computing, Modernizing the Smart Grid, and IEEE Guide to Autonomous Vehicle Technology.

2019 eLearning Frontlist
New course programs produced in 2019, including Enterprise Blockchain for Healthcare, IoT, Energy, and Supply Chain, IEEE Standard 1547-2018: Connection Distributed Energy Resources, Finite Element Method for Photonics, and 5G Networks.

The New York Times

Everyone (except alumni) with an email address ending with,, or, can get access to The New York Times. You will have access to the current issue and the complete archive. To activate your pass, please visit the website of The New York Times and register by using your email address ending with one the mentioned email domains.

This activation method will be available for use as long as the COVID-19 situation is ongoing. All activated accounts will retain access for one year (365 days). 


SAGE, one of the world's largest publishers of academic publications, has granted UvA students and staff members extra access.

The SAGE sources below will be accessible online until 30 June 2020.

  • SAGE Knowledge 
    Sage Knowledge is the cross-media platform with +10,000 documents (videos, e-books and reference works) in the field of social sciences.
  • SAGE Video 
    SAGE Video has educational videos in the field of social sciences.
  • SAGE Research Methods Video
    SAGE Research Methods is a tool for setting up research projects and understanding the methods behind them.

To be able to consult the online resources mentioned above, you must be logged in to the UvA VPN network. This is not often the case as you do not need VPN to gain access to online materials via CataloguePlus. You do have to log in with your UvAnetID beforehand though.

Global initiatives

We would also like to point out a more comprehensive and clearer document with publishers who open their files more widely to universities, colleges and libraries, so that students, lecturers and researchers have more access to required information than through the usual licenses.

  • Please find a general list of global initiatives and activities provided by ICOLC publishers during the global corona crisis.
  • The Complimentary Expanded Access Specifics (EAS) spreadsheet is sorted by SCELC - Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
    • Courseware: to help faculties deliver their lessons online; 
    • Covid-19 Research: for the latest news and research about the Coronavirus for researchers and clinicians;
    • General Content: electronic resources that can help students and faculties obtain the information they need for education and research.

All information about suppliers supplied by ICOLC participants will be updated on the previously communicated original ICOLC responses spreadsheet and on this EAS spreadsheet.