Remote Library Resources: Tips from the Ernst Mayr Library Staff

The Ernst Mayr Library location is currently closed, but the staff are working remotely and available to help.  While we cannot access our print collection we recommend the online resources below. Some repositories, such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library, are always open access, and some which have been behind paywalls or other barriers are open during the COVID-19 crisis.  Digitized materials from the Ernst Mayr Library collection are available through our website and the BHL.

For the Harvard community:

      This library guide  covers temporary extended access beyond what is available through Hollis.  Full-text books, journals and streaming videos from large publishers such as Elsevier Science Direct and Cambridge University Press (most require Harvard Key to login).


      Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access, beginning April 1, 2020.   Harvard Library users with a valid HarvardKey may lawfully access specific digitized versions of physical books held by Harvard, due to the temporary disruption in library services. These items may be protected by copyright law but are made available through Temporary Access due to involuntary closure of the library. No further reproduction or distribution is permitted by any means without the permission of the copyright holder.

Works in the public domain continue to be available as usual. Please see additional information and FAQs at HathiTrust.

  • You must Log In to HathiTrust as Harvard University. 
  • “Temporary Access” books can be read only online.
  • You can Check Out a book for 1 hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book after that hour is over. 
  • Only one user may Check Out a book at a time (or one user per each copy of the book we hold). 
  • Use the Return Early button to make it available for another user. 
  • To read a book that is being used by someone else, you will need to check back periodically.



     Harvard librarians are available to assist with qualitative research via consultation or workshops.  Please contact us for an individual consultation using the Ask a Librarian service or join us for a qualitative research workshop!  (Register here)


Recommended for all readers:

     The Biodiversity Heritage Library offers over 250,000 full-text books and journal volumes on biodiversity and natural history, from the 15th-21st century. Read more about finding images and other special features of the BHL.

     The Internet Archive introduced the National Emergency Library this week, providing circa 1.5 million full-text books with scientific and other materials, including classic literature. All are available for "loan" with a free account (access was previously time-limited with waiting lists). 

     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide to COVID-19 information includes information for clinical professionals, researchers, students and the general public.

Articles from American Meteorological Society journals are freely available through June 30, 2020.  

JSTOR is offering free access to over 6,000 e-book titles from over 75 publishers. 

Thousands of fisheries articles and reports are free to download from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in the Philippines.

The Wiley Online Library allows open access to its COVID-19 content.