January 25, 2022

The Open Library of Humanities Awarded Three-Year $774,000 Mellon Grant

Note: This is the second grant from Mellon to the Open Library of Humanities. The first grant was announced during April 2014.

From U. of London:

Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded a three-year grant of $741,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to cement and expand a new model for open-access publishing in the humanities disciplines.

The Open Library of Humanities platform, directed by Dr. Martin Paul Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards – both faculty members in Birkbeck’s School of Arts – will allow access to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles without requiring readers to pay.

Unlike many emerging “gold” open-access models, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge authors to publish. Instead, it is funded by an international library consortium whose members recognise that the greatest benefit for the academy and society will only be realised when access to scholarly work is not based on an exclusionary pay-to-read system.


The generous three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be used to build the sustainability model for the platform, to expand the number of journals published by the OLH and to build our open-source and free XML typesetting and translation software.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Since April 1, 2015, OLH Has Announced a Number of New Members including the Following From the US:

  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • East Carolina University
  • Yale University Library
  • Duke University
  • Ohio University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Macalester College
  • Miami University
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Wesleyan University


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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.