IReL and COVID-19

IReL’s office, based in Maynooth University, has closed, but its staff are continuing to work remotely.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of IReL’s partner publishers and vendors are supporting researchers and students by making content freely available during the crisis. They are typically doing this by either:

  • removing paywall restrictions on COVID-19 related research materials, or
  • removing limits of the numbers of concurrent users for ebooks to cope with demand by students as they have moved to remote learning at short notice.

IReL salutes the efforts made by vendors they work with, which include:

  • ProQuest
  • Springer Nature
  • Elsevier
  • Ovid
  • Cambridge University Press

An actively updated list of the resources being made available has been compiled by our peers among ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia) members and can be viewed here.