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Help From Home Library Resources

Tools for accessing library services and materials from off campus

CUNY Coronavirus Updates

York Coronavirus Updates

York is publishing updates about campus-specific concerns at The library also has a guide on COVID-19.

CUNY Coronavirus Updates            

CUNY's Corona Virus (COVID-19) page is available at and updated regularly.

CUNY's social media accounts also provide up to date info:

CUNY Continuity of Library Services

Information for Faculty

As we transition to teaching online, the Library continues to offer online services for students and faculty.

Campus Resources

York College has extensive resources for distance learning:

Library Resources

We would like to remind you that many of the Library’s books and journals are available electronically and are accessible off-campus.

All CUNY Libraries have suspended regular overdue fines, as well as overdue fines for recalled materials.  All CUNY Libraries now allow at least nine renewals of circulating items and will automatically renew items checked out to you. 

Interlibrary loan services at York College Library are temporarily suspended.

Reference Questions

We now offer chat reference. Our live chat hours are Mon-Fri 8:30AM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, and you can submit a ticket outside of these hours. We are also available via email.

Information Literacy

Library faculty can provide instruction online.  Please request a class through the form if you would like to explore that option for your students. 

Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER resources are especially critical during this pandemic. Our students typically share books or borrow textbooks on reserve, but these options are not available right now.

The advantage of OER is that students can access these resources online for free. CUNY Library Services has more information on OER and Zero Cost Textbooks here:

LTI Integration

Every course is equipped with a default library resources page (found under Course Tools as "York Libguides Automagic"). Other guides can be found on our research guides homepage.

To substitute the default Databases by Subject guide with a customized guide for your class, please email

Fair Use and Copyright

Copyright experts have put together this guidance, Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research, on fair use during the pandemic. 

Please contact your library liaison with any questions about library resources.

Accessing the Internet / Wifi

Temporary Free Wifi​ due to COVID19

Charter Spectrum Broadband

Charter announced that it would offer free high-speed Spectrum Internet service and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with students taking online classes because of the coronavirus outbreak.  Students can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households, the company said.  Spectrum said regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service.  For more information, see

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and Comcast have announced additional services during the coronavirus outbreak, such as the removal of data caps and waiver of late fees.  Students should check with their individual carriers for these arrangements.


Free Public Wifi (may be less secure)

Accessing Library Resources Remotely

Off-Campus Database Access


To access databases from off-campus, you must be a currently enrolled student, faculty member, or staff member with an active I.D. in the CUNY library system.

When signing into OneSearch or using any York Library databases, you may be prompted to enter the barcode found on your ID card. (Do not enter any spaces, dashes, or other characters — just the 13- or 14-digit library I.D. (barcode) number found on your ID card.)

If your barcode is not yet activated, please email us or chat with us so that we can activate your barcode remotely.



York also uses a VPN system to allow you to connect to resources remotely. You can find the login on the main library page (under "Off Campus Access") or you can follow York IT's instructions here:



Free ebooks & Textbooks during COVID19

Temporary Free ebooks and online textbooks



Streaming Video Services during COVID19


Alexander Street Academic Video Collection

  • Current trial available until April 17, 2020. Please contact with any questions or issues.

Digital Theatre Plus

  • Free access available until April 20, 2020. Please contact with any questions or issues.
JoVE Science Education
  • JoVE Science Education is content available through June 15, 2020.
  • Subjects Include: Basic Biology, Physics, Advanced Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Clinical Skills, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Lab Manual, Core Biology, Core Social Psychology


  • Selected films and Great Courses selections will be available until mid-April 2020.

Free Research Resources during COVID19

Temporary Free Resources

Annual Reviews: All content is freely accessible temporarily.


Free content related to COVID-19 (temporarily open access to all)

American Society for Microbiology: freely available Novel Coronavirus Resources 

American Society for Microbiology (ASM): free access to research articles published over the last year in ASM’s 16 scholarly journals 

BioOne:  peer-reviewed articles on COVID-19 open access through 2020 

Clarivate: Global Resource Site

Duke University Press:  Navigating the threat of Pandemic Syllabus  

DynaMed: COVID-19 Diagnosis and Management Resource Center 

Elsevier: Novel Coronavirus Information Center 

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Assoc.) Network: Coronavirus Resource Center 

JoVE: Coronavirus Free Access Resource Center 

Mary Ann Liebert: freely-available science-backed research on coronavirus

NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine): COVID-19 Resources 

Oxford University Press: Free Access to OUP Resources on Coronavirus and Related Topics 

Royal Society: 

Sage Publishing: Access COVID-19 Articles (freely available) 

Springer Nature: Free research articles, ebooks, and additional commentary on COVID-19 

Taylor & Francis: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

Wiley Online Library:  Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access 



You may also view a continually-updated list on the ICOLC spreadsheet.

Chat with a Librarian


This guide heavily borrows from excellent guides created by both Lehman College Leonard Lief Library and LaGuardia Community College Library.