About us

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

We believe that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books. Our aim is to secure long-term cost savings for institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence.

By taking part in Knowledge Unlatched libraries can help to ensure that good books and journals continue to be published and that the core outputs of the humanities and social sciences are not left behind in the shift to Open Access. Authors will be able to connect more effectively with audiences that value their research and ideas. Readers from all over the world will have free access to high-quality works. And publishers will gain access to funding to support peer-reviewed Open Access publishing for books and journals.

The KU Team

KU Boards and Committees

KU Board of Directors

Assoc. Prof. Lucy Montgomery
Director, CCAT, Curtin University and Director, KU Research
Dr Frances Pinter
Ambassador/Founder, Knowledge Unlatched
Dr Ralf Schimmer
Head of Scientific Information Provision and Deputy Director at the Max Planck Digital Library
David Worlock
Digital Publishing Strategist and co-chair of the Outsell Executive Program

Advisory Board

Dr Paul Ayris
Director of UCL Library Services, University College London, President of LIBER and Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe
Mark Bide
Chairman, Publishers Licensing Society
Professor Paul Courant
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Information; University of Michigan
Eve Gray
Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Educational Technology; Senior Research Associate, IP Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Alex Holzman
Former Director, Temple University Press
Dr Michael Jubb
Consultant, Research Information Network
David Prosser
Executive Director, Research Libraries United Kingdom (RLUK)
Professor Stuart M. Shieber
Welch Professor of Computer Science and Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
Professor Peter Suber
Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and Fellow at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Sue Polanka
Head, Reference and Instruction, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library Wright State University
Winston Tabb
Dean of University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University and Director of Sheridan Libraries
Jan Velterop
Former Managing Director, AQnowledge
Dr Hazel Woodward
Director of Information Power and formerly University Librarian, Cranfield University

Library Steering Committee

Simon Bains
Deputy University Librarian of The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, UK
Jill Benn
University Librarian, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Kurt De Belder
University Librarian, Director Leiden University Libraries & Leiden University Press, The Netherlands
Gregory Eow
Associate Director for Collections, MIT Libraries, USA
Louis Houle
Director of Collections, McGill University, Canada
Alice Keller
Chefbibliothekarin Bestandsentwicklung, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland
Elizabeth Kirk
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard University, USA
Jim Mullins
Dean of Libraries, Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, USA
John Unsworth
University Librarian, University of Virginia Library, USA
Wilhelm Widmark
Library Director, Stockholm University, Sweden

Title Selection Committee


The first KU Title Selection Committee has now been established following a nominations process. 40 acquisitions and collections librarians from 12 countries vote on front and backlist titles in the Humanities and Social Sciences that publishers have submitted for KU Open Access collections. Their recommendations assure relevance and quality standards, and lead to thematically curated packages. You can download the list of librarians below


KU Research is a close-knit team of researchers and publishing industry practitioners working together to help realise the possibilities of digital technology and Open Access for specialist scholarly books and the communities that care about them.
EBSCO is dedicated to developing customizable services, supporting the technology needs of our customers and creating strong user experiences to help libraries and other institutions support their end users and improve access to information.

EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book, e-book and serials sectors.

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

Jisc Collections is the negotiation and licensing service of Jisc that supports the procurement of digital content for higher education and research institutions in the UK.

Knowledge Base+ (KB+) is a service from Jisc Collections that aims to help UK libraries manage their e-resources more efficiently by providing accurate publication, subscription, licence and management information.

Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed open-access books in linguistics. All publications are free for both authors and readers.

LYRASIS partners with member libraries, archives and museums and other cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power.

The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is a central scientific service unit within the Max Planck Society (MPG) dedicated to the strategic planning, development and operation of the digital infrastructures necessary for providing the institutes with scientific information and for supporting web-based scholarly communication.

The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. OAPEN is dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books and it operates two platforms, the OAPEN Library, a central repository for hosting and disseminating OA books, and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for OA books.

OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large.

PaperHive introduces seamless discussion of research papers directly in the browser, embedded in the regular workflow. This enables researchers to attach questions, corrections, formulas, figures, further literature, code, or data directly to the original text where everyone can benefit from it.

Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries and publishers, Portico preserve e-journals, e-books, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.

ProQuest is committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world. ProQuest is a key partner for content holders of all types, preserving and enabling access to their rich and varied information.

The Queensland University of Technology is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.

Scope eKnowledge offers a wide range of services across the information value chain. This ranges from basic tagging to highly complex taxonomies, databases and content creation. Scope offers personalized services with strict adherence to deadlines and constant client interaction.

The University of Melbourne is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.

The University of Western Australia is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.

Schweitzer Fachinformationen quickly and conveniently provides experts with the print and digital information they need for success. As the leading provider of specialist information, Schweitzer combines expert advice with carefully considered solutions and flexible logistics.

iGroup is a one-stop shop for professional information solutions and technologies. With a focus on the knowledge management and information industry, iGroup provides a full spectrum of related products and services with localized support that cater to the needs of librarians, students, academics, educators, publishers, scientists and research professionals.

Casalini Libri supplies European trade and scholarly books and journals, multimedia products and integrated library services, as well as digital publications to academic institutions and research libraries in more than 45 countries.

LM Information Delivery is a leading international subscription and information management service provider whose customers include academic and research libraries, municipalities, public libraries and corporate business across many sectors. LM combines cutting-edge solutions with bespoke customer service in order to help libraries and other information centres improve efficiency, save time in information retrieval and improve the use of e-resources.

Karger Libri is a Swiss subscription agent with over 50 years of international experience. Thanks to our outstanding links with publishers, we are in the optimal position to offer the best possible combination of standard and individual customer solutions. Key to our successes are our highly-qualified and productive members of staff, alongside our happy and loyal customers. Thanks to close cooperation with librarians we are able to offer a variety of services to streamline the acquisition and administration of e-books, databases, journals, and book series.