Library and Course Material Expansion

Many vendors have arranged for expanded access to their digital resources to allow students to successfully complete courses online. Here are some of the new opportunities we know of. If you need a specific resource not yet available to you online, please contact a librarian for assistance. We may be able to scan a print edition or negotiate extended online access with a vendor.Our own DigitalCommons contains many resources freely available, from videos of on-campus events to faculty research and publications.

Audible Stories

Audiobook vendor Audible is offering free streaming of children’s books and classics, including works in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Japanese.

Banff Film Fest at Home

A curated program of free Festival films that are available online for you to watch at home with your family. These films were all finalists in the 2019 and 2018 Banff Film Festival, which features stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Free access to video recordings of concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker.


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering anyone in Minnesota access to online training through Coursera. Minnesotans interested in using Coursera must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 2021.

Electronic Library of Minnesota

The Electronic Library of Minnesota gives Minnesota residents access to magazine, journal, newspaper and encyclopedia articles, media, including images, videos, and audio files, and other information resources. ELM now has additional Minitex Temporary Access Databases that includes extended use of trial resources, including many for K-12 as well as adults.

Give Us This Day

Saint John’s Abbey and Liturgical Press have opened access to the digital version of Give Us This Day, a daily prayer book. Select “Digital” from the upper right options to access online.


JSTOR has expanded the resources it is making available to academic institutions through August 2020. Additional resources include journals in public health as well as many ebooks from participating publishers.

Library of Congress Open Access eBooks

Anyone anywhere can now access a growing online collection of contemporary open access eBooks from the Library of Congress website.

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Stream

Free nightly streamed opera performances from the Met, and articles, playbills and more resources to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.

Proquest Coronavirus Research

Journals, preprints, conference proceedings and dissertations provide comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and other past coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, for context around the current global pandemic.

University of Michigan Press eBook Collection

University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of August 2020.