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#CovidCreativesToolkit: Mutual aid for digital spaces
A set of curated, mostly free and open source resources to support creative practitioners who need to migrate their practice onto digital places and spaces.

Information Literacy Group
A selective list of useful resources from the Information Literacy Group

Software for qualitative media and communication research.

Funding opportunities


AHRC-GCRF Urgency Grants pilot: open for Covid-19-related research
Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), This call is open to applications addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and associated international development challenges and impacts. The projects must be ODA compliant. In addition, applications must demonstrate the case for urgency, explaining why there is a need for arts and humanities research to be conducted within specified time constraints that cannot be supported through other funding routes. Funding of up to £150,000 is available at 80 per cent full economic costing over up to 12 months. Applicants should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (


Library collections

Codex Zacynthius: launch digital edition
Following a collaborative effort, the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing and Cambridge University Library are delighted to announce the launch of the digital edition of Codex Zacynthius, making the text of this eighth-century manuscript available in full for the first time.

CUL Zero Contact 'Click and Collect' service launched
The University Library’s ‘Click & Collect’ service is now available for Staff and Students of Cambridge University. Click & Collect will allow you to request up to five University Library books or journals, using iDiscover, and then arrange an appointment to collect these books from the University Library entrance hall.
There is more information about how to access and use this service on the University Library website: 

CUL Zero Contact 'Scan and Deliver' service launched
The University Library has also launched this Scan & Deliver service, which allows you to request up to five scans per 24 hour period of University Library books or journals, using an online form: As a result of copyright restrictions, you should only request one chapter from a book or one article from a journal issue.
There are some restrictions on what you can request, and at present, special collections, newspapers, maps and sheet music are all excluded from this service. More information about the service, including these restrictions, is available on the University Library website: 

Cambridge University Library Ebook collectionOver 800,000 purchased, subscribed or donated ebooks are available to members of the University on more than 60 platforms. The vast majority of these ebooks are discoverable through iDiscover.

Cambridge University Library
Ebook catalogues made temporarily available for COVID-19

Artfilms is a video streaming service that offers more than 5000 films for arts education and arts practitioners. Content includes masterclasses, documentaries, interviews and more. Available until 30 September 2020.

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection (192,000 academic titles)
All the EBSCO titles are now in iDiscover, after taking several days to churn their way into Alma.  There is a slight gap between the records and what is available, with fewer records than there are available titles, but we think that it is a small difference.  If you’re keen to double-check, EBSCO’s site is here.

ProQuest Academic Complete (180,000 academic titles)
All titles are now available through  We hope to be able to get records into iDiscover for all these books soon.  You’ll see updates on our Twitter account.

Perlego (300,000 mixed titles, including trade publications)
These titles are not in iDiscover but can be searched directly.  Note that our trial access is only until 3 May 2020 (most other trials go into June).  Something to check for readers who are looking for material to use in the short term.

These will be made available through their standard platform.  Remember to click on “Book chapters” in the left-hand column after doing a keyword search to narrow the results to books.

Oxford Scholarship Online for OUP titles

Bloomsbury Collections

Radical Open Access Collective
An international community of presses, journals and other projects. It has of over 60 members, including Open Humanities Press, Libreria LatinoAmericana at Clacso.

Internet Archive 
A non-profit library of millions of free books (including literature), movies, software, music, websites.

Access to an openly available list containing high-quality, Open Access books and textbooks that is now available here.