Oxford University Press Gives You Free Access to Books, Dictionaries & More During National Library Week


It’s Nation­al Library Week, and to cel­e­brate Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press is mak­ing many of its online resources free for users in the U.S. and Cana­da this week. Access will be open until the end of Sat­ur­day, the 19th. You will be able to read Oxford’s online dic­tio­nar­ies, online schol­ar­ly edi­tions, exten­sive ref­er­ence mate­ri­als, and the pop­u­lar series of Very Short Intro­duc­tions, which “offer con­cise intro­duc­tions to a diverse range of sub­ject areas from Cli­mate to Con­scious­nessGame The­o­ry to Ancient War­farePri­va­cy to Islam­ic His­to­ryEco­nom­ics to Lit­er­ary The­o­ry.” (To access the texts, type “library­week” as the user­name and pass­word in the Sub­scriber Login area. It appears halfway down the page, on the left.)

The open access peri­od excludes Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press schol­ar­ly jour­nals. This is unfor­tu­nate. As you prob­a­bly know, most of the research pub­lished by uni­ver­si­ty press­es resides behind pro­hib­i­tive pay­walls that make it dif­fi­cult for inde­pen­dent schol­ars and laypeo­ple to read cur­rent schol­ar­ship. It would be nice to see Oxford and oth­er press­es make such grace peri­ods more fre­quent and inclu­sive in the future. But for now, OUP’s open access week is a great way to entice non-pro­fes­sion­als into aca­d­e­m­ic schol­ar­ship and tem­porar­i­ly ease the bur­den on those with­out reg­u­lar access to their data­bas­es. Vis­it Oxford’s site and sign in with user­name and pass­word “library­week” to begin read­ing.

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Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Durham, NC. Fol­low him at @jdmagness

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  • Steven Deedon says:

    The Library Week user­name and pass­word don’t work on the OUP site, and haven’t for days. It’s an utter SNAFU. I’ve talked with them twice and received a num­ber of email. Just checked again a few min­utes ago, and they still don’t work. Also they seem to have removed the Oxford Hand­books from the offer. Hard to believe OUP could make such a mess.

  • WAFAA says:

    I’m try­ing to down­load books on the his­to­ry of Rus­sia and Byzan­tium in the Mid­dle Ages …
      The site does­nt open with me … and there­fore I dont know how to down­load???
    Please help in this mat­ter …
    Thank you

  • Anne says:

    I’d say Pro­quest’s Ebrary access is 10000000x bet­ter than what OUP is offering.The high­light of OUP is basi­cal­ly allow­ing you to view their dic­tio­nary and a cou­ple nov­el­ties like ‘very brief intros’.

  • key says:

    Thaks for you of this pro­gramme.
    Please ..l would like enquiry about the new book in x‑ray.

  • James Seaford says:

    Also a shame Aus­tralia is exclud­ed, giv­en it is a major export des­ti­na­tion..

  • Abdussalam says:

    Dif­fer­ent tech­niques of test­ing vocab­u­lary

  • medhat says:

    thank you

  • medhat says:

    Thanked effort

  • ishaq saqib says:

    i want com­put­er hack­ing books …
    our uni­ver­si­ty

  • Dr Farukh says:

    Great efforts. This is help­ing Asians alot

  • Iqra Ijaz says:

    I need to study but I do not have mon­ey plz help me my father dose not have work he can not pay fees

  • chandra prakash dudi says:

    I want to down­load sci­ence book for biol­o­gy for high­er edu­ca­tion from oxford uni­ver­si­ty press .
    please help me and give oth­er web­sites for down­load sci­ence books for pg lev­el study .
    I belongs to India .

  • maktoob says:

    heloo.i want open access books

  • osinu kukut says:

    I am from Papua New Guinea, teach­ing with a pri­vate insti­tu­tion and we dear­ly need books to teach the stu­dents and this free down­load books are great bless­ing to us. I also com­plet­ed a my diplo­ma cer­tifi­cate in account­ing and I steal have to com­plete my degree some­how and realy need your help in offer­ing mi a space to study in such a grate uni­ver­si­ties of the world.

  • osinu kukut says:

    Is it pos­si­ble for our small school to apply to do cours­es in such a found­ing uni­ver­si­ty of the world?

  • Huma Rao says:

    I need a key book of oxford lev­el sev­en maths

  • Abdu Alhadi says:

    Iheve book 1 where are is dowu­lot

  • Pratik Jagtap says:

    Why it is easy to slip when there is water on the floor

  • mami says:

    tenks your wela­came

  • Muhammad Usman Ilahi says:

    Urdu Motia class one

  • Noushin says:

    I love oxford books so please show me beau­ti­ful books for school learn­ing😍😍

  • Parvez akhtar says:

    The Tale Of Gen­ji

    The Tale Of Heike

    by Net­sume Sose­ki

    I wish to dowload these three books

  • Parvez Akhtar says:

    I am try­ing to under­d­tand japan­ese cul­ture through their old and mod­ern lit­er­a­ture, hence my request to down­load the three japan­ese clas­sics.

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