Are the organisers behind shadow libraries today's Robin Hoods?

Behind every great economy lurks a shadow economy offering what the regulated economy cannot and libraries are no exception. For every library buying ebooks and subscribing to ejournals and full-text databases, there is a shadow library attempting to provide the same resources for free without paying.

Seen by some as modern day Robin Hoods, could these shadow libraries be about to bring down unintended and far-reaching consequences upon us all?

Open access journals and integrative open publication platforms seeking to disseminate open research as quickly and transparently as possible and without paywalls are being launched across fields as far apart as microbiology and health to global social challenges. Check out the latest contributions made by our Research Outputs Team to the Research and Innovation Hub.

In Guildhall Square, face the Civic Offices and then look up and to your right to find the Central Library and Local History Centre.

It is frustrating that we are only able to share our vast electronic resource collections with our current staff and students. Still, you can read many of the cutting edge articles and ebooks coming out of academia. Many are made freely available to everyone under an open access license while others are available through the public libraries’ Access to research scheme.

Looking for open-access publications, journals, research articles, monographs and theses that you can read for free online? The British Library has now brought together the major open access repositories in one place to help you discover scholarly publications and resources that are freely available to all, wherever you are.

Not all research is paid for by subscription.  For open access research, the author or research funding organisation pays an additional fee at the time of publication to allow the research to be made freely available to everyone in perpetuity. …

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MyStudyBar from EduApps is a free toolbar full of accessibility tools designed to help with the most common problems people experience when reading and writing.  Anyone who experiences difficulties reading or writing on screen might benefit from this nifty tool, including …

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Open Access is all about removing pay barriers and publisher control to make the research output of universities and other institutions available to everyone in order to maximise its impact and its usefulness to everyone.  Open Science is now an …

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Polishing off your PhD?  As well as submitting your thesis to the University’s open access Research Portal and the British Library’s digitisation scheme EThOS, you can now archive your thesis online at the Thesis Commons, providing yet another platform indexed …

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Every publication has to be submitted to the institutional PURE repository immediately upon acceptance by the journal in which it is published in order to satisfy the HEFCE Open Access Policy and eligibility for inclusion in REF assessments.  Sounds scary?  It …

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