RedShelf Responds.

Providing students simple access to eBooks during complicated times.

In collaboration with the academic publishing community, RedShelf provided students with free, convenient access to their learning materials.

Free eBook Access Program

As the COVID-19 outbreak escalated in early 2020, campuses quickly moved their on-ground courses to an online format and, in most cases, asked students to leave campus altogether. Many of those students simply couldn’t access previously-purchased materials now locked in their dorm rooms. 


Through our RedShelf Responds initiative we were able to provide 100,000 students no-cost access to digital textbooks for the duration of the semester, thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners. 

(The program applied to students from nonprofit, semester-based colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Each student was able to access up to seven free eBooks, and access ran through May 25th, 2020.)

RedShelf Responds Publishing Partners

All major publishers, including but not limited to the following, graciously agreed to provide their titles at no cost to support our free eBook initiative. 

A Book Apart





American Institute of Physics

American Medical Association

American Psychological Association

American Society of Safety Professionals


Atlantis Press

Baker Publishing


Bedford / St. Martin's


Bloomsbury Publishing

Bohn Stafleu van Loghum

Bolchazy Publishing

British Film Institute

Broadview Press

BVT Publishing

Cambridge International Science Publishing

Cambridge University Press

CAT Publishing

Cengage Learning

Centaurus Verlag & Media

Chicago Business Press



Coursepacks Etc.


Current Medicine Group

Deutscher Universitatsverlag

Eerdmans Publishing

Elsevier Health

Elsevier Science

F.A. Davis Company

FiT Publishing



Gabler Verlag

Gallup Press

Garland Science

Guilford Press

Hackett Publishing

Hammill Institute on Disabilities Publications

Health Administration Press

Heinemann Publishing

Hindustan Book Agency

Human Kinetics


Humana Press

Independent Publishers Group

Intervarsity Press

J. Ross Publishing

J.B. Metzler

Kendall Hunt Publishing

LAD Custom Publishing

Lightbulb Press

Lynne Rienner Publishers


Macmillan Education UK

Macmillan International Higher Education

Macmillan Learning

McFarland & Company

McGraw Hill Education

McGraw Hill Professional

Midwest Theological Forum

Morton Publishing 

Murach Books

NYU Press

Orbis Books

Oxford University Press


Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Pivot

Paramount Market Publishing

Pearson Education

Pearson Technology Group



Princeton University Press

Pro-Ed, Inc.

Prospect Press


Red Globe Press

Reed Business Nederland


Rolling Hills Publishing


Rowman & Littlefield

Sage Publications

Scion Publishing

SDC Publications



Smyth & Hewlys Books

Spektrum Akademischer Verlag


Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Springer Gabler

Springer Healthcare

Springer London

Springer Nature

Springer Publishing

Springer Spektrum

Springer Vieweg

Springer VS


Stenhouse Publishing

T.M.C. Asser Press

The International Society for Technology in Education

University of Chicago Press

University Science Books

Urban und Vogel

Verlag Hermann Bohlaus Nachfolger Weimar

Vieweg+Teubner Verlag

VS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften

W.H. Freeman and Company

W.W. Norton


William Carey Publishing

Wolters Kluwer Legal Education

Wolters Kluwer Tax

Worth Publishers

And Others...


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