LibrariesCollection StrategyExpanded Access to Online Resources Spring 2020
Expanded Access to Online Resources Spring 2020

During the COVID-19 emergency, we have been able to temporarily expand our access to some electronic resources while access to campus buildings is restricted. Many of these resources are already discoverable through OneSearch and the Libraries’ A-Z list of electronic resources.  Much of this expansion is possible due to the generosity of the materials’ publishers during this time of unprecedented virtualization, and UT Libraries extends our thanks to them.

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access to Print Holdings

HathiTrust, an international consortium dedicated to the preservation of library materials in digital and physical formats, will allow UT Knoxville users access to read online 1.4 million in-copyright titles that the UT Libraries holds in print only. Out-of-copyright titles are openly available in digital format as well. As a one-to-one replacement for print copies currently inaccessible in UT libraries, this program follows legal allowances for digital preservation. Read more here.

Access Limits Removed

The following resources are now available to all UTK users, without restrictions on the number of simultaneous logins:

New Content

Access to the following resources has been added on an emergency or trial basis for the remainder of the Spring semester:

  • Our subscription to Sage Knowledge has been expanded to include the complete collection of e-books and reference sources (expanded access through May 22, 2020).
  • Our subscription to Science Direct e-books has been expanded to include access to all titles for unlimited users (expanded access through May 20, 2020).
  • Our subscription to JSTOR has been expanded to include access to journal backfile collections in
  • We have access to Oxford Scholarly Editions on a trial basis (access through May 19, 2020).
  • World Scientific has allowed us access to their complete journal collection, with archives beginning in 2001 (expanded access through June 30, 2020).
  • We have access to more than 2000 reference titles on Cambridge Core, including the Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online, and Elements titles, discoverable through OneSearch (access through May 31, 2020).

Streaming Access to Docuseek Films

Docuseek will grant UT streaming access to several films that we had purchased on DVD. Streaming access to these additional titles will be available through June 30, 2020.

Electronic Course Books

While physical course reserves are unavailable, the Collection Strategy team is working to acquire electronic access to materials that had been placed on reserve. These materials will be added to OneSearch as they are available.

The VolShop is working together with textbook publishers to make electronic textbooks available free to students. For more information on finding these e-textbooks, see our guide.

National Emergency Library

The Open Library, a project of the Internet Archive, always provides an extensive, crowdsourced catalog of books and access to electronic versions of public-domain material. During the National Emergency in the United States, Open Library has suspended borrowing limits on the in-copyright works in their collection. Note that the legal status of these loans is unclear while they are not limited to replacing an inaccessible print copy. Free registration is required in order to read in-copyright books. (Limits suspended until June 30, 2020)

Explore our Digital Collections

University of Tennessee Libraries Digital Collections have a new look and are now easier to search and discover.

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