Find additional online library resources available temporarily


Some publishers have offered free access to certain online collections, including e-books while there is no access to physical library collections during the COVID-19 period. To discover and access these e-resources go to the Aspire Reading list for temporary online resources

This page is updated as further e-resources become available, and as each resource is checked and access is enabled for the University by library staff.  Please note the end dates supplied and be aware that many of these resources are likely to be withdrawn once libraries physically re-open.

Ebooks and other electronic resources listed on this reading list are made available to students and staff of the University free of charge during the COVID-19 period by their publishers.  Together with our existing extensive collections of subscribed electronic journals, databases and e-books for Aberystwyth University, they are an important support for study and research, particularly for those preparing for assessment. Subject libguides:

AU LIBRARY BOOKS and equipment


  • For students who have left Aberystwyth (but will be returning when restrictions are lifted), you can keep hold of any library books you have until you come back, or until we have a mechanism to return books remotely.
  • Any students still in Aberystwyth who wish to return books can either drop off at the Old College book bin, or at Campus Reception. Please see the FAQ at
  • If any AU library books have been left in University accommodation, IS and the accommodations team will be working together to ensure that these are returned to the library – you don’t need to worry about these
  • If you have IS equipment that you want to return, please contact IS by email to make arrangements for returning.

Thursday 21 May, 14.30 - 15.30 Free British Library webinar for researchers


Introduction to EThOS: the British Library database of UK theses - register online and find more free upcoming British Library webinars:

Springer: additional scientific e-books available


Springer have made additional e-books available due to the current situation. These will be available until the end of July:

Please also remember you can make a request for e-books using our More Books service. See the full list of additional resources available here.

Statista - three month trial access


Looking for statistics? We have a three month trial to Statista, which offers statistics and reports from 170 industries from over 50 countries:

Here's a short video showing you how to access Statista off-campus:

Vital Source: temporary e-book resource


Another new temporary resource: Vital Source offers a range of e-textbooks from various publishers. You can also create your own flashcards to aid revision. We have access until 30th June.

You need to register via the link with your Aberystwyth University email, but create a different password.

The site lets you ‘borrow’ 7 e-textbooks until the end of June. You can choose which ones by searching Explore. Choose carefully as you can only borrow seven and can’t ‘return’ them. The site also suggest you buy texts, but we have this free resource until the end of June so there is no need to purchase.


You can see all our temporary resources in a new reading list here. Any questions or comments please let me know.

Item you want not available electronically?


If you find that the resource you want is not available electronically please place a request through:

  • Due to COVID-19 we have removed the limit of ten requests a year per student, and we will purchase all requests for More Books in e-book format where possible. If an e-book isn't available we will contact you.

We will do our best to source an electronic copy for you.

EndNote referencing software


Having difficulty keeping track of your bibliographic references? Use EndNote!

EndNote is reference management software that can help you organise your references when writing essays. With EndNote, it is possible to create, store and use your references in documents, share them with collaborators, and even view and manage your reference lists on multiple devices. If you would like some training via a remote 1-to-1 session with a Subject Librarian using MS Teams, please email