OLH welcomes the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) as a bronze super-supporter

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 19 January 2023

We are very pleased to announce that we have recently welcomed a new bronze super-supporter to our library board. The Saxon State and University Library Dresden, abbreviated SLUB Dresden, is one of the largest academic libraries in Germany. As the library of the Technische Universität Dresden, it provides the information for a research-intensive full university with a particularly wide range of subjects. As a classic state library, it collects and archives comprehensive publications about Saxony as well as publications that are subject to deposit in Saxony. In addition, the SLUB performs important coordination and service functions for the libraries in the Free State of Saxony. The SLUB coordinates the state digitization program for science and culture of the Free State of Saxony, operates as a leading center for digitization with the Dresden Digitization Center (DDZ) and is a member of the German Digital Library competence network.

SLUB Dresden has been supporting the Open Library of Humanities as a regular supporter for a number of years and has decided to increase its membership rate in order to contribute to the expanding of our portfolio of journals. In 2021 we launched a new agreement with Jisc Collections, which included higher tiers of financial support for our UK institutional library partners to voluntarily increase their annual contributions at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. This higher support enables the OLH to expand our portfolio of diamond open access journals. Gold, silver and bronze tier support is now also available to universities worldwide who would like to contribute at a higher fee to facilitate the flipping of subscription journals to open access. We currently have 16 higher-tier supporters, most of whom have joined in the past two years.

By supporting more subscription journals to transition to open access, we aim to ensure the open availability of knowledge as broadly as possible, as per our charitable aims and core mission. These criteria are in place to help create savings for library budgets, to stimulate the commercial business sector to adopt new models for open access scholarship, and to ensure the highest journal quality for our supporting members.

The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, diamond open-access publisher of 28 journals. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and subsequent support from Arcadia, a charitable fund, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium rather than any author fee. This funding mechanism enables equitable open access in the humanities disciplines, with charges neither to readers nor authors.


If you like the work that the Open Library of Humanities is doing, please consider asking your institution to support us financially. We cannot operate without our library members. More details for libraries can be found at: https://www.openlibhums.org/plugins/supporters/signup/.