Access to Research in UK public libraries

Pilot project success means initiative will continue.

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Originally launched in 2014, the Access to Research initiative set out to ensure that public library users would be granted free access to millions of academic articles.

A consortium of academic publishers granted public libraries a license to provide free access to their scholarly content via Summon.  A two year pilot project has seen 84,000 users carry out more than 230,000 searches.  A staggering 90% of users rated the information they found as useful.

Source: Access to Research.