Humanities Digital Library

SAS is developing an open access ebooks programme to be supported by a new digital publications platform.

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SAS Open Access Books initiative

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) has developed a digital platform to facilitate the publication of open access books (monographs, edited collections, research guides, and symposium outputs). The Humanities Digital Library ( builds on existing digital and publishing infrastructure in the School, specifically the institutional repository SAS-Space ( and SAS Publications.

Introducing the Humanities Digital Library - open access scholarly books

Projects at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and the School’s Central Academic Initiatives have established the digital platform and business models for the Open History and Open Law imprints (IALS Open Book Service for Law – OBserving Law).

The proposed service will offer a range of options – cost-effective multiple formats to meet the free online and purchasable hard copy (physical form hardback or paperback) requirement. It will help to meet the needs of: students (including distance learners), researchers, academics, libraries, governments, business, professions.

OBserving Law - IALS Open Book Service for Law

IALS is developing a new open access monograph publishing service for legal researchers. This initiative, very much part of the Institute's research facilitation role, is developing a freely available national service. The aim of the IALS Open Book Service for Law is to provide a showcase for the vibrant state of legal scholarship, by publishing the best monographic works in law. The imprint embraces the full scope of legal scholarship, from doctrinal analysis, to theoretical exploration and empirical study, and also welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. The aim is to publish innovative and intellectually stimulating work which will widen knowledge and understanding, and play a major role in policy, practice and legal education. Submissions will be accepted from individual authors and editors, both within and external to the University of London, and a publishing service will also be provided to learned societies and organisations. Read more ....

Searching the Humanities Digital Library

Launching the Humanities Digital Library

Stephen Mason's Electronic Signatures in Law 4th ed launches the IALS Open Book Service for Law


Page last updated: 10th April 2017