Free Access to Thousands of Academic Journals at Falkirk Libraries

Falkirk Community Trust Libraries are now offering  free access to over a million  academic papers.

The Libraries are among the first in Scotland  to team up with Access to Research, opening a gateway to a massive online world of research to members of the public.

In the past these journals would only have been accessible to participating universities, or via a paid subscription. The Access to Research initiative now allows anyone with a library card to browse articles for free at their local library.

Library members can log on at  PC, or on their own device via library wifi, to browse the 1.5 million  plus  journal articles.

Access to Research offers 8,400 journals covering a huge range of disciplines, including  Health, Medicine, Business, Science, Nature, Engineering,  Art & Architecture, Business, History, Journalism and Politics. 

Access to Research has been launched under the leadership of the Publishers Licensing Society, in response to a committee convened by the UK government to explore how access to publicly funded research could be expanded.

The two-year pilot is open to all UK local authorities, with over half already in the process of signing up their libraries to the initiative. 

Shona Hill, Team Leader Library Services, said: “We are thrilled to be able to add  this exciting initiative  to the portfolio of free resources already available in Falkirk libraries”.

Published on Monday, 28th April 2014


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