Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press

Due to performance issues caused by both unprecedented demand and reported misuse, Cambridge University Press has temporarily removed free access to textbooks.
Cambridge University Press apologize for the inconvenience caused, and is working to address these issues so that free access can be reinstated as soon as possible.


Cambridge University Press is offering free, online access to higher education textbooks and coronavirus research during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition, existing customers are being offered free access to key reference works on request to help them overcome the disruption caused by the global response to the pandemic.

All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020 and a full list of HTML textbooks published on the platform can be found here.

Students in the United States will also be able to access free e-book versions of Press textbooks through VitalSource.

In addition, existing Cambridge Core customers can request free access to a collection of reference works for libraries during the same period, including all of the Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements. Existing customers should contact their regular library sales representative to make a request.

In addition, we are providing free access to coronavirus research on Cambridge Core. More than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles are currently in the collection, with future articles being added once they are published.

Cambridge University Press has also joined other publishers in signing a commitment to make the research available through PubMed Central and other public repositories of journal literature.

More details on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic from CUP’s Academic Publishing group can be found here.

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