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Thursday, 29th July 2010

American Physical Society (APS) Announces Free Access for Public Libraries to All APS Online Journals; Content Back to 1983

If you're in the public library world in the U.S. and are interested in providing free access to scholarly journal content, keep reading.

Public libraries who subscribe to APS online journals, purchase individual articles from them for users, or who have always wanted to provide access to them, will be happy (no, probably thrilled) to learn that APS is now making access to all APS online journals available to public libraries for free.

We wonder if any other scholarly organizations/publishers are going to do the same thing.

From an APS Announcement:

The American Physical Society (APS) announces a new public access initiative that will give readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893, a collection including over 400,000 scientific research papers. APS will provide this access at no cost to participating public libraries, as a contribution to public engagement with the ongoing development of scientific understanding.


Librarians can obtain access by accepting a simple online site license and providing valid IP addresses of public-use computers in their libraries (http://librarians.aps.org/account/public_access_new). The license requires that public library users must be in the library when they read the APS journals or download articles. Initially the program will be offered to U.S. public libraries, but it may include additional countries in the future.

Access the Complete Announcement

Source: American Physical Society

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