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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: 13 July 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.


As requested, JSTOR have expanded the UvA's access to JSTOR for all eligible programs. This access is active until the end of the year 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. 

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).

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.