Yale University Press makes online resources available to students for free

As college students nationwide transition to online classes, Yale University Press (YUP) is providing them free access to its ebooks, including digital textbooks, through the end of the semester.

YUP has arranged with digital content providers EBSCO, ProQuest, UPSO (Oxford), and De Gruyter to make a wide selection of ebooks — typically available for purchase — accessible to students at no cost through their institutions’ libraries. It also has agreements with popular online textbook rental stores VitalSource and Chegg to provide students electronic versions of textbooks that they had purchased but cannot access due to the unfolding pandemic.

This is a challenging period for students as they finish their courses remotely without access to library stacks or textbooks that were left behind on campus,” YUP Director John Donatich said. “It is our mission to inform and educate a diverse audience of readers, and we’re very happy to do our part to ease the transition to remote teaching and learning.”

YUP also has extended the free trial period for libraries to subscribe to its digital art and architecture platform, the A&AePortal, which it publishes in partnership with top academic publishers and museums, including the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG). Visitors can search and digitally access scholarship and images concerning art and architectural history. Instructors can use the resource to create course packs that their students can access online.

YUP’s materials join a wealth of digital content that Yale libraries and museums make available to students and scholars across the globe. The YCBA, YUAG, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History have digitized major portions of their respective collections, which are searchable on each institution’s website. The Yale University Library’s digital collections provide students and researchers access to troves of digital images and archives.