Explore publicly accessible digital learning materials

During these challenging times, Arizona State University is doing everything it can to ensure that learning continues on a grand scale. As a member of the ASU community, you're invited to explore these publicly accessible, digital educational resources, curated by the ASU Library, that are available to everyone, everywhere, and can be integrated into your academic and professional work.

From e-books to digital archives and oral histories, these librarian-approved materials are high quality and have been made accessible to the public at no cost to the user.

Looking for more in-depth research?

Sometimes you’re looking for peer-reviewed scholarly research but don’t have access to a library subscription. Here are a few options to help connect you to the research you need:

1. Search in the ASU Library One Search

This search is pre-filtered to find Open Access resources. These are indicated with the Open Access label and logo.

The Open Access logo looks like an open combination padlock.
Library One Search


2. Install a browser extension like Unpaywall or Open Access Button

If you encounter articles that appear to be behind paywalls, a browser extension can help you check to see if an open access version is available somewhere else.

You can also search for an article directly through the Open Access Button webpage.

3. Google it

Institutional repositories such as ASU's Digital Repository are crawled by Google, making the material available through a Google search.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic response time, many publishers are providing notably freer access to their resources than normal for a limited time.  The ASU Library will continue to review these resources to see if any are more valuable than those to which we now subscribe, but most access will end when the emergency ends.  ASU librarians have curated a list of these resources on this libguide .


For more ideas on finding open access materials, check out the Open Access Library Guide and the Finding Open Content library guide.

Please do not hesitate to use ASU Library's Ask a Librarian service if you need additional assistance.