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COVID-19 resources and information

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is posing huge challenges for teachers, researchers and learners. At Cambridge University Press we are committed to supporting you at this difficult time. 

The Press plays a global role in education and research and shares its University’s mission to contribute to society through its work. Sharing that research and making our content available can play an important role in tackling shared threats such as this.

Please find below all of the resources and information on the Academic division's initiatives to respond to COVID-19. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Get the latest on initiatives taken across the Press here.


Free Access to Reference works and Academic Textbooks on Cambridge Core

March 25th - Free access to HTML textbooks from Cambridge University Press has now been restored. This means that students who wish to access free textbooks can now do so online through their university.
Unfortunately, we have had to restrict the offer to universities after our previous, universal free access model made us a target for hackers and criminal activity which impacted on the stability and performance of our platform.
We are sorry that the actions of a criminal minority meant we had to temporarily remove free access to these books. This new solution should provide free access to those who need it during this difficult time.

We are providing free access to a collection of over 1,700 ebooks hosted on Cambridge Core, for university libraries and their associated students and faculty. This collection includes our HTML Textbooks, Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements. Free access through the offer is available to everyone until the end of May 2020 but access must be set up via your librarian.

Please see a full list of HTML textbooks here and read our FAQs document for lecturers and students here.

Information for librarians on our Free Access promotion

For more information on setting your institution up with free access to reference works and academic textbooks please visit our dedicated library information page, which has further information on our offering and updated FAQs for librarians. 








Free access to book chapters and journal articles

The Press has made a growing collection relevant book chapters and journal articles freely available on Cambridge Core. The Press has also joined the Wellcome Trust and more than 30 leading publishers in committing to making all of our COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other public repositories. 

Articles are drawn from journals including Epidemiology & Infection, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, and from Animal Health Research Reviews, among others. Future articles will be added to the collection once they have been published.

Learn more here and view the full collection here.

Update on conference attendance

Regrettably, the Academic division of Cambridge University Press has decided to cancel all attendance at conferences and events until the end of August. We feel that this is the right decision to minimise any risks to our team and to the wider community. We will keep the situation under review. We have not taken this decision lightly as we know how important academic conferences are to the community and our publishing partners.

In the meantime, we are extending the online discount to 30 percent to match the discount we would have offered to delegates in attendance at the conference. Our teams are also working with conference organisers where possible to offer other forms of support to these communities.

Simply visit our Conferences page, find the relevant meeting, and add the desired title to your cart. The discount will automatically be applied.

Sharing insights on the response to COVID-19 within Higher Education 

20th March -  In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Academic division of the Press have opened our Higher Education discussion panel to allow for more effective sharing of information. The forum of more than 425 Lecturers and Instructors globally will be able to share ideas and tips on their institution’s approach to remote-learning, how to ensure student engagement when teaching remotely, and how to support the care of the mental health and well-being of staff and students. We will be collating the discussion and ideas and sharing it with the wider community soon. 

Lecturing in lockdown - advice from our higher education panel

31st March - How can you ensure student engagement remotely when Universities are closed? What platforms help to make communication easier? What about students who are struggling? Read the advice from our online Higher Education panel on student engagement and tips for successful communication. 


Updates on services

25th March - We have taken the unprecedented decision to halt all journal issue printing until further notice due to significant disruption to the global supply chain for the manufacture and distribution of printed journals. For more information and continued service updates, please visit here.

Service updates

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