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Freely available research resources

Three libraries are currently (as of 8/23/2021) open to public visitors: Wilson, Walter, and Magrath. This page lists scholarly resources that are available to all from off-campus.

Accessing library databases remotely (non-affiliates)

Current University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff have access to most of our online databases and collections from off-campus. 

Unfortunately, our licenses do not allow us to offer access to most online resources from outside of our physical libraries to members of the public, but there are many resources including open access materials, content purchased by the State of Minnesota, and other freely available resources. 

This guide lists scholarly resources you can use for free, from any location, regardless of your University-affiliation. 

As of 8/23/2021, public visitors are welcome in the Wilson, Walter, and Magrath Libraries, where most of our online databases are available to use in-person. Check our re-opening information page for the latest news. 

Minnesota access to online resources

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.

Scholarly articles

Books & ebooks

Media: Image and sound collections

Archives & digital repositories

More freely available resources

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: Oct 7, 2021 3:58 PM