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28,000 New EBooks: 20 Years of University Press Titles

Posted on by Lauris Olson

The Penn Libraries have added more than 28,000 ebooks from a dozen major university presses as part of our efforts to support off-campus scholarship and learning. Our new acquisition is the centerpiece of our collections responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Our purchase from the De Gruyter University Press Library covers all titles published from 2000 through the 2022 frontlists for Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, University of California, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and Yale University Presses.

These ebooks join our complete holdings of Penn Press ebooks also in the De Gruyter University Press Library, with more than 2,800 titles from 1898 to the present.

These University Press Library ebooks are friendly for Penn course readings. They are delivered as PDF chapters through PennKey authentication and through our Lean Library browser extension. Chapters may be viewed, downloaded, printed, or saved. Titles for these new ebooks are being added to Franklin Catalog, where faculty and instructors may add them to Canvas course reserve lists.

The new ebooks from these dozen publishers will expand our readers' significant demand for published scholarship. The 33,638 print copies in the Penn Libraries stacks published by these presses since 2000 have been borrowed from our stacks more than 144,600 times.

The University Press Library publisher collections include many notable, prizewinning, and popular works, such as:

More than 100 titles by Penn authors are also represented in the new publisher collections, including:   

We are excited about providing these ebooks to Penn readers. De Gruyter is still assembling the ebook backlists for some participating publishers, and we will add records to Franklin Catalog as those additions become available to us. Owing to copyright or licensing, co-publication with other presses or institutions, or other issues, not every title published by these twelve presses is included in their University Press Library collections. We will continue to purchase print copies of titles from these twelve publishers selectively. If you have a question about a specific title's availabity, please ask us about it.