Key library spaces are open for Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff with valid U Cards. The libraries are currently closed to all visitors. This page compiles freely available scholarly resources for members of the public.

Accessing library databases remotely (non-affiliates)

Current University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff DO have access to most of our online databases and collections from off-campus. Usually visitors are able to access online collections in-person, but our libraries are currently closed to those without UMN U-Cards. Unfortunately, our licenses do not allow us to offer access to most online resources from outside of our physical libraries, so this guide lists scholarly resources you can use for free, from any location, regardless of your University-affiliation. Please note that the landscape for access to library online resources is rapidly changing. We'll continue to add resources here as they become available.

Minnesota access to online resources during COVID-19

Public Libraries

Check with your local public library - many libraries, like Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and St. Paul Public Libraries are now offering access to libraries via services like curbside pick-up, computer appointments, and more. Public library card holders can also access most public libraries' online resources from home.

Books & ebooks

Scholarly articles

Media: Image and sound collections

Archives & digital repositories

More open access resoures

Thanks to UC Berkeley: select content above derived from their guide to Freely Available Resources for Research

For more freely available resources from specific disciplines please see UC Berkeley's sub-pages covering:


Last Updated: May 17, 2021 10:33 AM