E-Books and Other Available Resources

Widener Library
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Updated April 8, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak many publishers and vendors are making their content freely available online. The following guide lists some of these offers. It does not include material normally available through regular Harvard Library subscriptions, and these items won't necessarily be found in HOLLIS. Please note that some of these sites are open to the public, while others (like JSTOR) require Harvard Key authentication. If you have a Harvard Key account, please experiment with access options by logging into HOLLIS first, then using the Check Harvard Library bookmark and/or the Lean Library browser extension to ensure access to any password-protected content. 

More details at: https://guides.library.harvard.edu/covidoa

Among the resources listed is the National Emergency Library, which has just opened access to 1.4 million volumes, many of them Slavic titles. 

Please email Svetlana Rukhelman (srukhelm@fas.harvard.edu) with any questions. 


Resources Available to Harvard Key Holders

Temporary Digital Library Access

HathiTrust is temporarily providing Harvard Library with access to all of the titles for which we have a (currently inaccessible) print copy. This will mean Harvard users will have access to approximately 2.4 million monographs still in copyright while our physical spaces remain closed.

Through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, Harvard Library users with a valid HarvardKey may lawfully access specific digitized versions of physical books held by Harvard, due to the temporary disruption in library services. These items may be protected by copyright law but are made available through Temporary Access due to involuntary closure of the library. No further reproduction or distribution is permitted by any means without the permission of the copyright holder.

Works in the public domain continue to be available as usual. 

Please see additional information and FAQs at HathiTrust.

Which in-copyright books are eligible?

  • If the work is available in digital form in HathiTrust, and Harvard has the physical book in its collection, users will usually be able to access the digital version. We say "usually" because the access is also based on matching OCLC numbers in HOLLIS and HathiTrust, for data in HOLLIS based on a 2018 snapshot. 

How it works

  • You must Log In to HathiTrust as Harvard University. 
  • “Temporary Access” books can be read only online.
  • You can Check Out a book for 1 hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book after that hour is over. 
  • Use the Return Early button to make it available for another user. 
  • To read a book that is being used by someone else, you will need to check back periodically.

East View Databases

The following East View databases are now available to Harvard Library users. You can access them via the URLs below, at the East View landing page, or by searching for “East View” or for each of these databases individually in the Harvard Library Databases portal. As always, please start by signing into HOLLIS with your Harvard Key.

In addition, the following newly acquired database contains a number of recordings from Central Asia and the Balkans:

Please submit a comment at http://library.harvard.edu/report-problem if you encounter problems with any of these resources.