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Welcome to our Covid-19 resource hub. 

Read on to find links to various resources to help support you, our customers, during this period of disruption, change and adaptation that is affecting us all.

We have worked with our rightsholder partners to offer initiatives that help with home working, remote teaching and learning as well as new ways of managing workflows - from online content platforms and special licence terms, to useful blogs, webinars and videos about Covid related issues.  

First, a message from our CEO

Like other businesses we responded to Covid-19 by closing our physical offices and moving all our staff to remote working, and we are proud that we have continued to run the business without any interruption to service levels.

Our primary concern has always been to safeguard the health of our staff, customers and the public in general, and to this end we will continue to ensure we comply with all government rules and guidelines to keep people safe and support our health services.

Our customers have been able to benefit from a number of key digital services, including Check PermissionsDigital Content Store, Education Platform and NHS Licence Plus which have remained available to support you as normal.

We have been particularly aware of the difficulties faced across the education sector and to support schools, colleges and universities throughout this time we have made significant changes to licence terms to help educators with accessing content used for remote learning.

Since March we have also published a number of blogs and articles providing helpful guides and resources and sharing the latest thinking and ideas with customers.

This page acts as a hub that brings together many of these resources and initiatives in one place so they are easier for you to access. 

I sincerely hope you all stay safe and well.

Mat Pfleger




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How to look after your mental health while working from home. READ BLOG

Provided by Mental Health UK and republished with kind permission. There are a number of articles which may be useful, please see Mental Health UK's website here for a list of COVID-19 related blog pieces.


Browse more resources below


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Increased access to learning resources

We have temporarily amended the terms of the Higher Education Licence to give academics, libraries and students increased access to learning resources during the 2020-21 academic year.  READ DETAILS 

Digital Content Store (DCS) supports remote learning in universities

We’ve worked with higher education institutions (HEIs), publishers and technology partners to develop a system combining a searchable repository of digitised book and journal extracts with an online workflow management tool. Here are 3 ways to learn more about joining our user community.

Webinar: hour sessions that explore the functionality in the DCS and your questions answered. Sign-Up

Video: watch DCS customer case studies   OR READ MORE ABOUT SIGNING-UP

Selected higher education blogs

Leadership in the time of coronavirus. What it means to have a leadership role in academic library services and some thoughts for discussion and reflection. Read blog

Copyright and licensing tips to help you teach remotely. Includes suggestions and advice about where to find new teaching content online. Read blog 

How the University of Northampton library supported students during the covid-19 lockdown. How the academic library team put students at the heart of their Covid response. Read blog 

How universities can help support students’ mental health. The recent closure of Leeds Trinity University’s campus because of the coronavirus meant rethinking approaches to supporting the mental health and well-being of students. Read blog 

FAQs about how the DCS and its development are continuing to operate, even under self-isolation. It’s updated as information changes and offers tips for how to share content, how to analyse usage and how to quickly react to changes. Read blog



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New CLA Education Platform supports remote teaching

An online platform available to all licensed schools and colleges that provides access to digital versions of books the school owns - at no additional cost.

Video: A quick tour of the Education Platform

FAQsabout joining the Education Platform. Read now

How to use the Education Platform for remote teaching. We have listed 3 ways you can benefit. Read blog

How to register: if you have a book to hand you can be making digital copies to share with your students today.  REGISTER NOW 


Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Video Streaming Platform

ERA's Video Streaming Platform provides access to a curated collection of TV and Radio programmes that link to educational curricula and courses, enabling teachers to easily identify programmes that meet their teaching needs.  Read more FAQs about the Platform    

Users can search for content by keyword (e.g. ‘Shakespeare’), browse through our collection by selecting a subject (e.g. ‘History’) and refine their search results by applying our ‘study level’ and ‘exam board’ filters.

Create an account for access to  a large and expanding archive of BBC programmes, clipped to suit classroom use and permanently available to stream from your account.  GO TO PLATFORM


Selected blogs for customers in schools and further education

Well being tips for teachers. Natalie Cole says that she has learned to prioritise her well-being and shares her tips. Read blog 

Rebuilding communities post pandemic. Building a recovery curriculum for students and staff. Read blog

Tips on recording and broadcasting from home. Many children’s authors and illustrators are producing videos, activity sheets and other online resources for families in lockdown. Read blog

How we can help you adapt to remote teaching. Julie Murray provides a round-up of CLAs resources. Read blog

Can teachers record and share live readings with students? A question we are getting asked a lot lately. Read blog 



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Licence Plus Document Delivery tool

CLA and Reprints Desk are delighted to announce the release of the new online service which enables NHS library and knowledge services to request copyright-fee paid journal articles for use by healthcare staff across the NHS. Read more

NHS staff can now get the information they need, faster than ever before as the new Document Delivery tool offers simple on-demand access to copyright cleared journal articles.  ACCESS NOW   

Selected free external health resources

Curated by CLA to help provide support for health workers

Health Education England: Free dedicated coronavirus e-learning programme available to health professionals worldwide

Oxleas CAMHS: Covid-19 resource pack for children, young people and their families 

NHS Practitioner Health: Covid-19 Workforce Well-being Resources

NHS Digital: Response to coronavirus Resource dashboard

SAGE Journals: Coronavirus research Free Medical, Social, and Behavioural Science Articles from SAGE Publishing

OXFORD Academic Journals: Access to OUP resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related topics

JSTOR: Selected Covid-19 related articles

Wiley Online Library: Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Free-to-Access newly published content 

theBMJ: Coronavirus Hub supports health professionals and researchers with free content updated daily 

Taylor and Francis Group: Free Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus Content

The Lancet: Corona Virus Resource Centre



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The Professional Publishers Association support around 250 media companies, ranging from consumer magazine publishers to business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independents. Visit their Coronavirus hub for latest news for publishing media.

The Publishers Association are the member organisation for UK publishing, representing companies of all sizes and specialisms.  Their members produce digital and print books, research journals and educational resources across genres and subjects.  Visit their corona virus centre to find news, economic support and insights.

NLA Media Access publish support for publishers on their website. Read more


Although our office is still only accessible to a minority of staff on a strictly voluntary basis or for emergency access, we have carried out detailed risk assessments and carried out all the measures recommended by the government to ensure we have a Covid-secure environment for any person who is required to attend the premises. The key steps we have taken are documented and self-certified.

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