VitalSource Helps

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VitalSource has joined 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 semester-calendar schools who may have lost access to course materials due to their campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. and Canada can now access an expansive catalog of etexts, through May 25, 2020 in the US and April 30, 2020 in Canada, at no charge. This program is made possible by the support of leading publishers, campus retailers, and independent bookstores in higher education.

Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school 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 postsecondary institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

To assist students at disrupted semester-calendar schools 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 March 16 through May 25, 2020. Students will be able to access the expansive catalog of etexts from participating publishers through the VitalSource Bookshelf app effective immediately.

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About VitalSource


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 recognized 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 optimize teaching and learning for maximum results.