May 16, 2022

Association of Research Libraries (ARL): “Maryland Is First State to Expand Equitable Access to E-books through Libraries”

From an Association of Research Libraries Post by Katherine Klosek:

Both chambers of Maryland’s legislature passed the bill unanimously; the bill will become law without Governor Hogan’s signature. The new law will further Maryland’s policy of ensuring more effective and economical services to all library users.

Source: ARL


The new state law will require any publisher offering an e-book to the public in Maryland to make that title available to a public library on reasonable terms, enabling libraries to license more books. The Maryland public libraries expect that the legislation will cause publishers to bring down the prices they charge libraries for e-books, although some price discrimination likely will remain. Additionally, the legislation will result in Maryland public libraries obtaining access to titles now available only to consumers.

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See Also: Maryland Passes Law Requiring Publishers To License Ebooks To Libraries Under “Reasonable Terms”

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