Expanded Access to Electronic Resources

Recently, many publishers and vendors announced they are removing paywalls and other restrictions to select electronic journals, books, and other resources, and Smithsonian Libraries is adding those resources as they become available. To reach this expanded content, you may need to search within the publisher’s interface through the links below.

Smithsonian Libraries always hosts thousands of digitized materials, full-text electronic resources, and open access content through our Research Tools page. To find that full text content, search for books and articles in the OneSearch box, then limit results to “full-text online," or browse our A-Z List of e-Journals and Databases.

Questions? Smithsonian Libraries staff continues to work remotely. We can help you find and access the resources you need. Contact Ask A Librarian, AskaLibrarian@si.edu, or your branch librarian. Interlibrary loan requests for articles and book chapters may still be submitted via ILLiad

Expanded Access to Journal Articles and eBooks | Expanded Access to Coronavirus Specific Material  | Tips for Accessing eBooks

Expanded Access to Journal Articles and eBooks


  • Accel5 offers business book summaries, videos, and articles.
  • Free content about Remote Work and Stress Management.

Artifex Press

  • Artifex Press offers digital art historical catalogues raisonnés.
  • Temporarily granting free access to select catalogues with a free registration. 


  • Brill has opened up access to books and articles on topics such as public health, distance learning, crisis research.
  • Books may be downloaded as PDF files. Free content through April 30, 2021.


  • CABI offers content for study, research and practice of national, regional and international public health. 
  • Access their Coronavirus collection through December 31, 2020 following a free registration.

Internet Archive

  • The Internet Archive (IA) allows you to check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in their lending library (up to ten books at a time)
  • Topics across IA include natural and physical sciences, art, history, and culture. This collection focuses on books and journals published during the 20th century.
  • A free IA account is required. You may read the books online in your browser, or download them into Adobe Digital Editions, a free piece of software used for managing loans.
  • The checkout period is 14 days.
  • The Internet Archive also offers free public access to 2.5 million fully downloadable public domain books.

Smithsonian Collections within Internet Archive:

Expanded Access to Coronavirus-Specific Material


  • BioOne and its publishers, in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries, have made articles related to coronavirus in several journals available via open access through 2020.


  • Elsevier’s free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


  • GrantForward, a popular funding database normally is only available through subscription, has compiled a free list of dozens of potential funding sources available related to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in preparing a grant application, please contact the Office of Sponsored Projects, ospmail@si.edu, or call 202-633-7111.

ProQuest Coronovirus Research Database


  • PubMed Central is a platform for publishers working with the National Library of Medicine to make their coronavirus-related articles discoverable and accessible, and facilitate text mining and secondary analysis through machine-readable formats and licenses.


  • SpringerNature has provided access to research articles about the coronavirus from its journals, as well as additional commentary and relevant books on this topic.


  • Wiley is making a collection of journal articles and book chapters on coronavirus research freely available to the global scientific community.
  • On workdays, newly published articles are made free within 24 hours of publication. Articles published after 14:00 (EST) on Friday will be made free the following Monday.

    Additional resources on Covid-19

    Visit research guides developed by university libraries that are closely tracking the availability of open access materials:

    Tips for Accessing eBooks

    Each eBook source has a unique interface for viewing and downloading books. Some of the more commonly required software and apps are noted below. Contact AskaLibrarian@si.edu or your branch librarian for more information and training.

    E-book Viewing Software for Proquest Ebooks and Internet Archive:

    If you want to download an eBook to your personal device, you may need to go to the Adobe or Bluefire websites directly to choose the correct software for your device.  

    Adobe Digital Editions: 

    Adobe Digital Editions is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) software that tracks the time allowed to view the book and removes access to the book when the time has expired.  To download Adobe Digital Editions for your Smithsonian PC you will need to contact the OCIO Help Desk to install it, ociohelpdesk@si.edu.  This website will show you if your personal device can support Adobe DRM software: http://blogs.adobe.com/aemmobile/supported-devices 

    BlueFire Reader:

    BlueFire Reader provides a reading platform for Proquest Ebooks on iOS and Android devices.

    Last updated: 1 Sept 2020