The Humanities Digital Library is the open access library and catalogue for books published by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It forms part of the School’s mission to embrace the opportunities of digital content delivery and enable greater access to knowledge. The Humanities Digital Library is managed by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

We publish new titles, through our open access programmes, as well as open access versions of books previously available only in print. Each book is available as an open access PDF (full text) but can also be purchased in print (hardback and paperback) or as an ebook (EPUB format). Scholarly content made available through the website includes monographs, edited collections and shorter form works. 

With open access providing increased accessibility and visibility to scholarly research, and becoming ever more relevant to research and funding councils, the Humanities Digital Library aims to bring together and promote freely available research for the School, its constituent Institutes and the wider humanities community.

In the first of our publishing partnerships, the Institute of Historical Research is working alongside the Royal Historical Society to bring their new open access series, New Historical Perspectives to the Humanities Digital Library. Learn more about our Partnerships.

The Open Access project team behind the Humanities Digital Library are: Jane Winters, Chair in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study; Steve Whittle, Information Systems Manager at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Philip Carter, Head of Digital at the Institute of Historical Research; and Jon Newbury, Publishing Manager at the Institute of Historical Research.

The project is now managed by Emily Morrell, emily.morrell@sas.ac.uk and Kerry Whitston, kerry.whitston@sas.ac.uk.