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NLM and Publishers Launch Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Libraries Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Expanded to Include Hurricane Maria and the Earthquakes in Mexico

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) on September 15th in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana.

On September 20th, NLM extended the area of coverage to include areas impacted by Hurricane Maria, and those in Mexico impacted by the recent earthquakes.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the hurricanes in the southeastern United States and Caribbean, please let them know of this service.

This is the eighth time the EAI has been activated. Previously support was provided following the earthquake in Haiti; flooding in Pakistan; the cholera epidemic in Haiti; the earthquake & tsunami in Japan; the typhoon in the Philippines; the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and the earthquake in Nepal.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People's Medical Publishing House, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Hurricanes and Flooding

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please visit NLM Customer Support or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or +1.301.594.5983 internationally.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine https://www.nlm.nih.gov has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world's largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.

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