Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

LYRASIS is excited to announce a new partnership with the Mellon-funded Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an open access program designed to provide peer-review, publishing, and hosting services for scholarly articles in the humanities. You may have seen the press release that was issued yesterday.

The program is funded by annual contributions from libraries to support the creation of open access articles in the OLH mega-journal. As more libraries participate, more articles will be published. OLH will also work with current subscription humanities journals to help them transform their business model into an open access environment. These journals will then become part of the OLH family of journals. Please review the OLH Prospectus for more information.

Although not related in any way, OLH is designed to provide for the humanities the type of resource that the Public Library of Science (PLOS) provides for the scientific disciplines. Scientific researchers often have grant funding to support article processing charges (APCs). Humanities scholars typically do not have grant funds to use for this purpose, so an alternative model for open access in the humanities is required.

Requested annual contribution levels are as follows:

0-4,999 FTE (including 2-year colleges, special, and public libraries) $500
5,000-9,999 FTE $750
10,000+ FTE $1,000


LYRASIS is hosting two webinars featuring Dr. Martin Eve, Co-Founder of Open Library of Humanities, so that you can learn more about OLH and his work. Dr. Eve is the author of a new open access book,  Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future.

Please register to attend a webinar.

February 5, 2015, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern

February 11, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern

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Libraries may pledge support for a term of 1-5 years, with full payment due at the beginning of the selected term. Additional voluntary contributions are welcomed. Please enter pledges at

Celeste Feather

Senior Director for Licensing and Strategic Partnerships


800-999-8558 ext. 2954 (Toll-free)

678-235-2954 (Direct)

celeste.feather (Skype)


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