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Oxford University Press Announces Print & Digital Acquisition Deals with Manhattan Research Library Initiative & Triangle Research Libraries Network

Released on September 25, 2012

Oxford University Press (OUP) announced today it is working with major institutions affiliated with Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) and Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) to deliver scholarly, monographic content to patrons, students, faculty and alumni via its University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) ebook program and a shared collection of print copies of all 2012 published scholarly works.

As a result of this program, faculty, students, and registered scholars of all affiliated institutions will have access to all new content produced and added to UPSO in 2012.  In addition to unlimited use ebook access for institutions, the agreement will provide the libraries with a fiscally-viable plan for purchasing one print copy of new scholarly books produced by the presses through Yankee Book Peddler.  

“The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that users’ needs for specific formats, whether print or digital, can be served in a cost-effective, shared means that will be a model of sustainability and cost savings across the libraries,” said Patricia Hudson, Associate Director of Institutional Marketing for Oxford University Press. “The libraries at all affiliated institutions and OUP will embark on a research project to capture and better understand the print circulation and digital usage across the range of disciplines represented in the program.”

“This agreement provides a new blueprint for providing scholarly content in the most convenient and accessible, user-friendly format to academics, students, and researchers who access the resources in these esteemed library collections,” said Angela Carreño, Head of Collection Development, New York University. “This deal redefines the relationships between publishers, library suppliers, and librarians, and advances the MaRLI initiative to expand collections and better serve their users.”

"The Triangle Research Libraries Network has a very long history of successful collaboration in building print collections," said Sarah Michalak, University Librarian and Associate Provost at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chair of the TRLN Executive Committee. "In August 2011 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we sponsored a "Beyond Print" summit to explore opportunities and challenges associated with extending that collaboration to ebook acquisitions and shared access. The agreement with OUP offers a welcome opportunity to experiment with approaches discussed at the summit, provide high-quality content to our users, and learn more about how students and researchers want to access scholarly output in a dual electronic-plus-print environment."

“While the shift from print to digital for book content is a growing trend across research libraries, our market intelligence and partners in the library community have made it clear to us that print availability of titles continues to be of importance to certain audiences,” said Rebecca Seger, Director of Institutional Sales for Oxford University Press.  “The goal of this program is to strike a balance by ensuring that librarians and their patrons have access to the content they want in the format they prefer, in a model that makes it affordable when dual access is still a need.”

Results from these initiatives will be presented at future library conferences and events.

 About OUP
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,400 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

About MaRLI

The Manhattan Area Research Library Initiative was launched in March 2011 by the New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University as a pilot initiative to expand access and use of collections and better serve their users. Through MaRLI qualified users are able to borrow print materials from all three libraries’ collections, a key factor in developing the print plus digital acquisition pilot.  For further information, visit:

About TRLN
Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the purpose of which is to marshal the financial, human and information resources of their research libraries through cooperative efforts in order to create a rich and unparalleled knowledge environment that furthers the universities' teaching, research, and service missions.  For further information, visit: