November 25, 2015

Open Access Books: Wellcome Library Announces Support of Knowledge Unlatched Project & View “KU: The Movie”

UPDATE: More Knowledge Unlatched News Today: Knowledge Unlatched Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive

From the WL:

Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU).

KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through funding from hundreds of libraries.

Zina Sabovic, Head of Collection Management at the Wellcome Library, said: “The Wellcome Library supports access to published research in all its forms. Working with other libraries through Knowledge Unlatched will help us achieve this aim and will complement our own Open Access initiatives aimed at Wellcome Library users. We are therefore delighted to pledge our support for Knowledge Unlatched.”

Representing an additional route to open access for books, alongside funder- or author-pays models, the KU model allows participating libraries to share the cost of a single fixed fee to a publisher to ‘unlatch’ a book, making it available on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN as a fully downloadable PDF. As the fee amount is fixed, the cost per library for each title declines as more libraries participate in the scheme, ensuring that library spending results in the widest possible access to scholarly books.


Libraries can participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot scheme until 31 January 2014.

Learn More About the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection and Participating Publishers

View List of Titles in the Pilot Collection
28 books from 13 scholarly publishers.

Learn More: View “Knowledge Unlatched: The Movie”

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