University of Michigan Press COVID 19 Response: Free Access to Scholarly Ebooks

Originally posted here.

Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized.

This is in direct response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities.”

See the University of Michigan Press full response here.

Librarians can find more information and register for updates with this form. Please note that titles are only downloadable by patrons of purchasing libraries, with the exception of some titles that are open access.

The UMP EBC includes over 200 titles used in student courses and almost 300 award-winners. Strengths include political science and public (including health) policy, performing arts, classical and medieval studies, American studies, and Area studies (especially East Asian, African, and German studies).

If you need help finding titles for courses right now, the University of Michigan Press has identified titles in the UMP EBC that are most discussed, most used in classrooms, and most cited, using Altmetric Explorer, the Open Syllabus Project, and Dimensions. You can access the lists of these titles on the University of Michigan Press Blog.

For those who wish to purchase perpetual access versions of UMP EBC, special pricing currently available for UMP EBC’s 2020 Frontlist Collection with commitment to purchase made by May 31, 2020 and deeper discounts off the final total price with commitment to purchase of 2020 Frontlist Collection and at least one Backlist Collection by May 31, 2020 is available. Contact LYRASIS for pricing.