May 19, 2022

Open Access Books: Knowledge Unlatched Officially Launches Open Research Library

From KU:

Open Access (OA) content on one seamless and easy-to-use platform: that is the goal of the Open Research Library (ORL), which has officially launched today at

[At launch on Jan. 29, 2020, Open Research Libraries provides access to 7202 books/49,432 chapters.]

A number of leading players in the library and OA community have joined forces to support the ORL for the benefit of researchers, scientists and academic institutions worldwide, including Knowledge Unlatched, Biblioboard, EBSCO Discovery Service, ProQuest with the Ex Libris Primo and Summon library discovery services, and OCLC with their creation of MARC records and indexing in WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery.

A powerful hosting platform that makes scientific book publications, and other high-quality academic OA content, freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, ORL provides free access to a comprehensive collection of thousands of scholarly monographs, anthologies, journals, videos, posters and other formats.

Direct to Open Research Library

Read the Complete Announcement

Note: Open Research Library was first released on May 16, 2019.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.