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University Press Library

The De Gruyter University Press Library (UPL) is an acquisition model for academic libraries that brings together eBook collections from more than 27 of the world’s most prestigious university presses and publishing houses, including Harvard, Princeton, and Edinburgh .

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What is the University Press Library?

We originally created the program to help presses and libraries make the acquisition of eBook collections more predictable and sustainable. In the years since, the UPL has grown to become a complete and unrestricted collection acquisition model for academic libraries.

How will it benefit my library?

With access to the UPL, you will have a complete frontlist collection of highly downloaded and cited university press eBooks at your fingertips. You can browse titles by press and copyright year and have unlimited access to digitized, enhanced backlists.

Our eBooks are DRM-free, which allows concurrent access to literature from anywhere, at any time. The UPL operates on an ownership model with a one-time purchase and perpetual rights.

1 platform with press specific microsites

8 exclusive University Press archives with over 15,000+ titles

175 titles on average published per copyright year per press

Liberal DRM

Benefit from liberal, multi-user, remote-access DRM. In addition to the standard PDF versions, you receive all available ePub versions.

100% complete collections

Ownership model with perpetual rights and no ongoing fees

Care standards

We guarantee customer support and satisfaction through the University Press Library by implementing deferred services to be your right as a customer and our standard as a service provider.

  • Metadata uploaded on a weekly basis
  • Commitment to produce all titles within a library-approved-upon time after publication date
  • Never miss a title with ongoing quality control of metadata and content PDFs
  • Access granted to newly uploaded publications on a monthly basis
  • Collections created by copyright year derived from three seasons of publishing over a year and a half
  • Title lists provided three months in advance of publication, including all unlimited use and exclusion (print-only) titles
  • User-behavior reports from COUNTER 5 compliance metrics to new data and analytics tools at the title and subject level
eCollection Management
  • A DRM-free purchase model with no ongoing fees
  • Duplication control
  • Delivery of enhanced MARC records and KBART files. Collection targets in OCLC, Alma, and Intota. Full text indexing in EDS, Summon, and Primo

Digital Events

The UPL was founded with the core mission of bridging gaps between key stakeholders in the academic community. True to this mission, we host, organize, and create a platform for engaging discussions with university presses, consortia, libraries, and service providers.

University Press publishing was founded with the specific mission to serve the interests of the scholarly community of which they are part:

  • How has that mission evolved and where are we today?
  • How do the missions vary even among the apparently coherent community of university presses?
  • What have been the most significant challenges to the missions since the arrival of digital technology and how has COVID impacted decisions at the presses?

More information for Librarians

For more information regarding the University Press Library and to learn how it will complement your library, please contact our sales team or have a look at our brochure.

More Information for Librarians

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