Libraries Provide Open Access to COVID-19 Information, Digital Content to Support Virtual Learning
By Maryland Today Staff /
UMD Libraries, in collaboration with libraries around the globe, is providing free access to research information and data about the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic to support scientists and other experts working to counter this threat and head off future outbreaks.
With all classes being conducted online today through the end of the semester, University Libraries collections staff are working with subject specialist librarians to find and disseminate information about digital resources to the Maryland community. This running list of free online resources is being updated on a near-daily basis.
Remote learning is sparking an increased need for digital resources, such as e-books and streaming media, to support online instruction and research. Some publishers are also temporarily easing restrictions on digital content broadly to meet this need.
"During this crisis, people are increasingly aware of the importance of the library as a public good, a trusted source of research and information that benefits our communities and society at large," said Adriene Lim, dean of libraries at Maryland. “We are proud to be playing our part in facilitating access to information that will contribute to ending the COVID-19 pandemic.”