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Nov 07 2012

Innovative Arrangement Makes 3,000 ebooks Available

(Raleigh, N.C.)—As part of an innovative arrangement with Oxford University Press and the Triangle Research Libraries Network consortium (TRLN), the NCSU Libraries will be adding 3,000 new scholarly ebooks to our offerings.

The 3,000 new ebooks from Oxford University Press and its affiliates are fully searchable and allow unlimited user access, so that multiple people can use them simultaneously.

TRLN—a partnership between the libraries at North Carolina State, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—has long allowed member libraries to strengthen their collections by collaborating to expand access to scholarly materials and avoid duplication of resources.

Last year, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TRLN sponsored a “Beyond Print” summit to explore the opportunities and challenges of acquiring and sharing ebooks across institutions. The arrangement with Oxford University Press is one outcome of those discussions and one of the first of its kind to allow cooperating libraries to share ebook access.

The use of ebooks at the NCSU Libraries continues to build momentum, doubling between 2010 and 2011.  The NCSU Libraries is vigorously working to engage both the publishing and library communities to explore and shape the future of academic ebooks through initiatives such as our Value Statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace. The groundbreaking deal with Oxford University Press will particularly benefit researchers in the humanities and social sciences who will now have immediate online access to content that they might have traditionally obtained from other area libraries through Tripsaver interlibrary loan.

For researchers and students who might prefer to use a traditional book, one shared print copy of each of the humanities and social science titles will be available for use by all TRLN institutions.