UC Berkeley provides free access to e-books in response to COVID-19 outbreak

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UC Berkeley is now providing access to free e-books to support students in remote instruction during the COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, pandemic.

According to a campuswide email sent Monday, this service provides access to course materials that may no longer be accessible. Beginning March 30 to May 25, the Cal Student Store will be providing free access to an “expansive” catalog to all students through VitalSource. To access the portal, students will need their UC Berkeley email.

The email also reminds students of technology resources available, including the Student Technology Fund, which is offering students emergency loans of Wi-Fi hot spots and laptops while supplies last. The Student Learning Center on campus also remains fully open via Zoom to support students with their coursework.

“The resilience we have seen through you, our students, during this unprecedented time on campus and globally has truly been remarkable,” the email reads. “Even though we may be physically separated, we remain committed to working alongside you to achieve your vision of success at Berkeley.”

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