Humanities Digital Library

SAS has developed an open access ebooks programme through the University of London Press supported by a digital publications platform.

The University of London Press builds on a century of publishing tradition by disseminating distinctive scholarship at the forefront of the humanities. Based at the School of Advanced Study, the press seeks to facilitate collaborative, inclusive, open access, scholar-led interchange, within and beyond the academy.

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Open Access Books initiative

The Humanities Digital Library developed by SAS is 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 the University of London Press.

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 model.

The service offers 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

  • Our open access books are free to read online and download in PDF format for anyone in the world to use.
  • 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 and making them free to read anywhere.
  • 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 fully peer reviewed work which will reach a worldwide audience, widen knowledge and understanding, and play a major role in policy, practice and legal education.
  • We welcome proposals from individual authors and editors from across the academic and legal research community - including within and external to the University of London, and from learned societies and organisations.
  • Our business model is designed to meet the requirements of the UK Research excellence framework (REF) 2027 policy on long-form scholarly work and offer authors a full range of quality assured open access and print on demand options.
  • Further information can be found on our OBserving Law page.

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: 16th September 2022