York Coronavirus Updates
CUNY Coronavirus Updates
CUNY's Corona Virus (COVID-19) page is available at https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/ and updated regularly.
CUNY's social media accounts also provide up to date info:
As we transition to teaching online, the Library continues to offer online services for students and faculty.
York College has extensive resources for distance learning: https://www.york.cuny.edu/distance-learning
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.
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: https://guides.cuny.edu/oer/repsandguides
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
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. https://www.cnet.com/news/carriers-are-suspending-internet-data-caps-during-coronavirus/
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: https://www.york.cuny.edu/it/network-access/vpn/
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
Elsevier: Novel Coronavirus Information Center
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Assoc.) Network: Coronavirus 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
Sage Publishing: Access COVID-19 Articles (freely available)
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.