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are working at finding a cure for Covid-19, this is a big limitation. Therefore, a group of academic and

research libraries in Italy wrote a petition to ask publishers to help libraries in supporting researchers during this emergency.

In the petition, libraries ask publishers to

allow digital lending and direct document delivery with no restrains, and to allow opening of library collections temporarily to all users, including doctors and researchers not affiliated to academia who, according to license clauses, normally cannot access academic library resources. Moreover, The Library Commission of the Conference of Italian University Rectors

“This pandemic outbreak has clearly shown how crucial open access and open science have become”

(CRUI) signed the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) Covid-19 petition for access to electronic resources from publishers. Italian national consortium for the

acquisition of digital resources, CARE, asked to publishers with which they have a deal to co-operate in this goal and created a web page with information from publishers which showcased their relevant information. This pandemic outbreak has clearly shown how crucial open access and open science have become. Researchers all over the world need to access data and knowledge quickly, as soon as it is produced, freely and without any limitation, in order to be able to defeat coronavirus. For this reason, AISA, an Italian

Association for the promotion of Open Science, wrote a public letter to the President of the Italian Republic to ask for a serious and urgent national policy for open science, starting from rethinking research assessment and copyright laws. The coronavirus outbreak shows us how

science could progress in giant steps if it was always open. Now the time has come to follow this road.

Rossana Morriello is a research support librarian at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.

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