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University Press of Kentucky and UK Libraries Extend Open Access Initiative

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2020)  University Press of Kentucky will be offering more than 1,100 open access titles in perpetuity to all students, faculty and staff at consortium institutions across the state. These titles are accessible in electronic format through a partnership with the University of Kentucky Libraries’ UKnowledge.

“The University Press of Kentucky is committed to sharing the history and culture of our region with our readers,” said Ashley Runyon, director of the press. “We are privileged to be able to offer open access content to Kentucky students, faculty, and staff.”

The press announced earlier this year that the books will be open to anyone who accesses the UKnowledge platform at this link regardless of their institution. This includes a wide range of scholarly titles as well as general interest books.

UKnowledge, a UK Libraries initiative, is home to unique scholarship created by UK faculty, staff, students, departments, research centers and administration. Since 2014, UKnowledge has also served as the primary access point for the research and scholarship published by the press, including many out-of-print titles in Appalachian studies, history, and literary studies; broad selections of American and British literature; and books from the press' Studies in Romance Languages.

Some to consider from the offerings include: 

This initiative includes a wide range of scholarly and general interest titles available. To see the list of institutions and for more information, please visit

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward operating and publishing expenses.​

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