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Library eResources LibGuide: COVID-19 Library Temporary eResources

General access and support information regarding the library's electronic resources (eBooks, eJournals and databases).


Publishers and suppliers recognise the challenges faced by educational institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many content providers are currently providing free, alternative or wider access to certain eResources, to support institutions in continuing instruction at this time.

The offers being communicated by different publishers and content providers vary greatly and it is impossible for the Library to maintain a comprehensive list of the alternative access arrangements being offered during this period; however, we have attempted to collate key information in this guide.

Information on this guide is subject to change.  Please keep an eye on this guide for the most up-to-date information we have received. [10-08-2020]

COVID-19 temporary eResource access

We have collated a list of the key offers communicated to us by publishers. This list is not comprehensive and you may find that you are unexpectedly able to access licensed/paywalled eResource content during this period which is not listed here.

Temporarily available resources will only be added to SUPrimo where the publisher is able to provide the library with catalogue records specifically for the temporary content, which can be removed when access ends. In most cases temporary free content will not be added to SUPrimo.

Access to these eResources will only be available during the COVID-19 pandemic and not permanently. Please be aware that additional access made available by publishers during this period is not the same for all institutions. On some eResources you will need to login as a Strathclyde user to access the additional content available to us.

If there are other eResources (eBooks, eJournals and databases) which you require access to during this period and cannot currently access electronically, please contact the library at and we will investigate whether this is possible.



Although many publishers have kindly made additional content temporarily available at no extra cost, copyright and other intellectual property rights continue to apply to this material.

Materials are made available for non-commercial use only which means that you are permitted to access and use the resources strictly for your own personal study and research only and not for any commercial gain.  Except as provided for by copyright law, no further copying, storage or distribution (including by email) is permitted without the consent of the copyright holder.  You agree to comply with any additional terms of use imposed by the copyright holder of particular resources which may be outlined in statements from individual publishers on the terms of use associated with any temporary free access.

Compliance with terms of use and copyright law is important to manage the risk of infringement which can lead to loss of access to learning resources for both the individual and the University.

If you need further guidance or help on copyright you can look at the Copyright and Information Governance and Compliance pages of the University website:

Access problems

We understand that staff and students are depending particularly heavily on the Library's eResources right now and we're working hard to enable and support access during this difficult period.  If you are struggling to access any of our eResources, please refer to our eResources Access and Troubleshooting guide for information, and details of who to contact if you need further help.

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