KU Select For Libraries

Our vision is a sustainable market where scholarly content is freely accessible for each and every reader around the world.

A Sustainable Open Access Model

How does it work?

  • The KU Select programme raises funds to finance the unlatching of monographs and journals in HSS and STEM
  • The library community comes together to collectively fund the unlatching process
  • Titles for KU Select are not chosen by us or publishers but by the library community, through the KU Selection Committee
  • We welcome any and all feedback from librarians: KU is designed to benefit the library community as a whole and we continuously adapt our model to best suit their needs



Why should libraries participate and pledge?

Your participation supports an ever-growing number of institutions that are using acquisitions funds to make HSS and STEM books and journals Open Access in a way that is less expensive than the purchase of single print copies and/or e-books – and you are bringing benefit to the whole world of scholarly communications.
  • Supporting libraries play a very active role in Open Access and can help to shape the future OA landscape
  • OA content is made available free of charge and free of restrictions to users all over the world, including in regions where users find it difficult to access relevant content
  • Supporting libraries can also save money by migrating costs and budget from traditional acquisition models, into Open Access models
  • Peer-reviewed quality content is assured thanks to the curation of the KU Select Books collections by the KU Title Selection Committee consisting of over 180 librarians from all over the world
  • The KU model supports libraries in developing their OA strategy in regions where OA mandates are in place or planned
  • Support your own researchers by offering them publishing opportunities free of any charges, and contribute to Open Access models free of any author-facing-charges, for anyone, worldwide
  • The average price of the KU Select books is less per library compared to book purchased through traditional models
  • Save money and/or migrate budget for your institution by supporting the KU journals model rather than paying for subscriptions and/or your researchers paying Article Processing Charges (APCs)


What are the benefits to libraries?

  • Flexible offering – pick and choose and/or Frontlist Only options available
  • Tiered pricing available in some territories based on regional classifications
  • Early invoicing possible upon request
  • Quarterly usage statistics available for the IP range of the institution
  • Geolocational data for the region, from a number of platforms.
  • All content is available DRM-free
  • High quality MARC records provided by OCLC, archiving by CLOCKSS and Portico
  • Involvement with the creation of future KU collections and models

Participating Libraries in 2018


Libraries Pledged in 2018



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If you would like to know more about KU Select, don't hesitate to contact us!