VitalSource Helps

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VitalSource has joined with leading publishers to help ensure students can continue to access quality digital course materials due to a recent and rapid campus shift to distance-learning.


VitalSource Helps supports students at universities who may have lost access to course materials due to face to face on campus teaching moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted institutions in the UK and Ireland can now access an expansive catalogue of etexts through 30th June, 2020, at no charge. This programme is made possible by the support of leading publishers in higher education.

Students simply login to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their university email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.

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VitalSource Helps Pledge


As leaders in course materials and education technology, we are committed to doing our part to support students, instructors, and higher education institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand this unprecedented disruption to our nation and the world’s education system requires bold action and collaboration across the industry to ensure students still have access to quality learning opportunities.

To assist students at disrupted universities who are losing access to course materials due to Covid-19 campus closures, the companies below agree to offer access to eTexts at no charge to students whose classes have moved online from 24th March through 30th June, 2020. Students will be able to access the expansive catalogue of eTexts from participating publishers through the VitalSource Bookshelf app effective immediately.

American Psychological Association
Bloomsbury Academic
Bristol University Press
Cambridge University Press
Edward Elgar
Macmillan International Higher Ed
McGraw Hill
Kogan Page
Springer Nature
Taylor and Francis
WW Norton



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VitalSource is the leading education technology solutions provider committed to helping partners create, deliver, and distribute affordable, accessible, and impactful learning experiences worldwide. As a recognised innovator in the digital course materials market, VitalSource is best known for partnering with more than 1,000 publishers and resellers to deliver extraordinary learning experiences to millions of active users globally – and today we’re also powering new, cutting-edge technologies designed to optimise teaching and learning for maximum results.