As part of temporary measures to help universities during the lockdown period, Cairn, an important online collection of francophone publications in social sciences and humanities, are offering free access to all their c. 10.000 ebooks and pocket encyclopaedias, from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers (“Ouvrages” and “Que sais-je ?/Repères” tabs in the top banner), until 31st May 2020. Access is through Raven, at this link (Connexion > Grande Bretagne > University of Cambridge (accès distant)). Cambridge University Library also subscribes annually to 156 of the Cairn journals (out of c. 500 in total), as part of a package called “French studies and humanities” on the platform “Cairn international edition” (see the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies).
We have previously written about temporary extended access to Classiques Garnier ebooks. Until 31st May 2020, Cambridge University also has selective ejournal content (published up to the end of 2011) access with the Belgian academic publisher Brepols, and temporary access to both backlist and frontlist ebook titles (published up to the present day) (follow this link and the ebooks@cambridge blog). The resource is read-only, using a Raven login. Brepols specialises in the humanities and in “source-works” from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. It publishes critical editions of original texts and documents in their original language, reference works, as well as monograph studies and research in the field of Europe’s cultural roots and sphere of influence (within the disciplines of history and archaeology, language and literature, music, art and architectural history). Brepols’ publications are in English and French, but also German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch (as well as old languages like Latin, Greek, Occitan etc.). Please send any feedback you have on these online collections by using the feedback form. An updated list of the online resources temporarily opened during the COVID-19 outbreak can be accessed from this page.