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Open Access: Finding and Accessing Open Access Resources: Open Access Books
A guide on how to find and access Open Access resources.
Open Access books are free-of-charge eBooks that are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Not all eBooks are Open Access. Please refer to the eBooks LibGuide for further information on finding and accessing all types of eBooks. Open Access books cans include monographs and multi-authored edited books.
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.
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The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. NAP currently offers more than 8,500 titles in pdf format. The majority of these pdf files can be downloaded for free by the chapter or by the entire book.
Smaller Open Access Publishers and List of Open Access Book Publishers
You can also find and access Open Access books by visiting the websites of small Open Access publishers. Some suggestions of where to look include:
Lever Press is a scholarly press supported by 65 liberal arts institutions. Lever Press publishes peer-reviewed, born digital Open Access monographs at no cost to authors or their academic institutions.
Established in 1962, MIT Press is one of the largest university presses in the world and published a significant number of Open Access books in the fields of science, technology, art, social science, and design.
The University of Michigan Press publishes a wide range of Open Access books, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. All Open Access books published by the University of Michigan Press are available under a licence which permits re-use, usually a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license.
List of Open Access book publishers. This is part of the Open Access Directory, which is a 'compendium of simple factual lists about Open Access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large'.
Search for Open Access books via SUPrimo Library Search
You can search for Open Access books via SUPrimo library search. You can use the filters located on the menu on the left-hand-side of side of the page to filter your search results to show Open Access books. Under the heading ‘Availability’ select ‘Open Access’ and under the heading ‘Resource Type’ select ‘Books’ or ‘Book chapters’ (Step 1). Your rersults will then be retrieved (Step 2). You can use the filters on the left-hand-side of the results page to further refine your results. For example, you can select which collection to use.