Finding library material

Find Open Access material

Open Access refers to material that is free to all readers at the point of access, so you can use and share it easily.

These sources and tools help you find safe and legitimate Open Access versions of scholarly works:

  • Open Access Button: you can use this to search for an Open Access copy of a specific article and request for an article to be made open access if it isn't; it also provides a button you can install in your browser which will show if an article is open access.
    The Open Access Button includes most of the major aggregated repositories globally:
    • OA DOI: provides the data behind Unpaywall, an app that leads straight to legitimate author uploaded versions of the publisher’s articles like the OA Button.
    • SHARE: US service developed by the Association of Research Libraries in partnership with the Center for Open Science
    • CORE: offers seamless access to millions of open access research papers
    • OpenAIRE: European resource that offers an OA search engine and a campaign platform driving Open Access development and policy.
    • Dissemin: French resource which searches for copies of your papers in a large collection of open repositories and tells you which ones cannot be accessed
    • Europe PMC: specialises in the life sciences
    • BASE: aggregator supported by a German University
  • OpenDOAR: authoritative directory of academic open access repositories; you can search for repositories and for content within those repositories; includes publisher versions of articles available on a CC-BY licence as well as Author Accepted manuscript versions of works otherwise reserved behind a publisher paywall. 
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals: online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent and funded from donations. 
  • DOAB Directory of Open Access Books: records and links are contributed from publishers and then made available as a searchable website or in machine readable formats for libraries and other aggregators to use. 
  • Project Gutenberg: the oldest digital library, supported by volunteers to make the full-text of public domain books available on the internet in long lasting, open and accessible formats. 
  • OAPEN Online Library and Publication Platform: contains freely accessible academic books focusing on humanities and social science subjects. 


Last Updated: 11/09/2018