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Publishers Offer Free Access To Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Some academic publishers are making digital textbooks and instructional materials available temporarily in order to support rapid modality shifts. Instructors who want digital access to a textbook should follow these steps:

  1. Contact the textbook publisher to learn if it's available digitally for immediate, free use
  2. Discover temporarily free, accessible textbooks using the links below
  3. Contact us --we're glad to help!

Redshelf Responds
Free access to up to 7 digital textbooks; a large selection of participating academic publishers

VitalSource Helps 

Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. can now access an expansive catalog of digital textbooks through May 25, 2020, at no charge.  SUNY Oneonta is an eligible institution.  

Oneonta faculty and students should follows these steps in order to discover and access textbook:

1.Create and account and log into the VitalSource Helps Bookshelf ( using their school email address

2.You can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf

Oxford University Press 

Free resources and access to OUP content, including:

  • Access to digital, course-specific resources that you can use to flesh out your online "lectures"—including videos, simulations, animations, activities, flashcards, quizzes, test banks, PowerPoints, and more—that can all be loaded directly into your LMS
  • Instructions on how to access your desk copy as an eBook
  • Free access for your students to OUP Higher Education eBooks for the balance of this term
  • Free access to online courses from our sister company Epigeum to help you learn strategies for managing the digital classroom
  • Webinars for teaching specific disciplines online

Gale In Context: College 

Interdisciplinary, multi-modal content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration.

McGraw-Hill Connect

Supports individual faculty in rapid course modality shift with myriad online content and instructional resources


Options for digital access to textbooks, and other online instructional materials

Cengage Unlimited

Cengage is offering students free access to digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester