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Free Access to eTextbooks Until May 25

VitalSource Helps supports students who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. can now access an expansive catalog of etexts through May 25, 2020, at no charge. This program is made possible by the support of leading publishers, campus retailers, and independent bookstores in higher education.

Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.

How to get started with VitalSource Helps

What is VitalSource Helps? 

VitalSource Helps is a program designed to support students and instructors who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving to distance learning to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program is made possible by the leading publishers and resellers in US higher education. The program offers free access to tens of thousands of ebooks through May 25, 2020 to students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the US. A complete list of eligible institutions is available here.

Who is eligible for the VitalSource Helps program?

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You attend a 2 year or 4 year institution on a semester-based schedule that is listed here:
  2. You have a school-provided email address
  3. You are currently enrolled in or teaching a semester-based course(s) that began prior to March 16, 2020.

How do I access VitalSource Helps content?

To get started, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before you begin searching for and reading course materials, you will need to log in to an existing Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address or create a new account. It is important to note that, while you may use Bookshelf today as part of an Inclusive Access program, your account may not be linked to your institution provided email address. To access VitalSource Helps content, you must use your institution-provided email address.

For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time:

Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen.