And it’s not just the National Library. The State Libraries and many council
libraries offer similar access. For example, here in sunny Brisbane, I can


State Library of Queensland

Brisbane City Council


While many of these resources can be accessed from your home (usually
involving some kind of library-card login process), some resources are
restricted to the library’s computers (that is, you have to be on-site).
Such restrictions are usually imposed by the resource provider rather than
by the libraries (although some libraries have “number of people through the
door” as their major KPI and so are motivated to not facilitate online


However, despite being well aware of this cornucopia of resources, I find I
rarely access them, because it’s enormously tedious connecting to each of
these “deep web” resources in turn and searching it (usually in a
bewildering variety of interfaces, each with their own remarkable set of
quirks). I am afraid that I have been seduced by Google and expect a single
interface that searches “everything” while being somewhat forgiving of my
spelling errors and typos. Apart from Google, for my WP editing, I tend to
stick to a relatively small set of “deep web” resources, with which I am
very familiar and for which I know I have a high probability of finding
something useful. 





[] On Behalf Of Liam Wyatt
Sent: Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:35 PM
To: WMAu members; Wikimedia-au
Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [WikiEN-l] access


Forwarding a conversation thread (below) from Wikimedia-l, where I just
posted a comment that has specific relevance to Australian Wikimedians who
might wish to access subscription databases (e.g. JSTOR). 

In short - if you get a free NLA library card you can get access to JSTOR
and much more for free, offsite access too. 



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Liam Wyatt <>
Date: 24 September 2013 13:06
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [WikiEN-l] access to journals
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <>
Cc: Jake Orlowitz <>, English Wikipedia

With regards to getting access to closed journals... 

I'm now working for the National Library of Australia and we offer free, at
home, access to JSTOR and MANY other restricted access databases to any
Australian, if they get a free library card. 
[You can see the full list at the NLA eResources page: ]

Is this unique to Australia? I must admit that I didn't realise until
recently the extent of the restricted databases that were available for free
to library card holders in their own home. With all the discussion over the
years on the global Wikimedia mailing lists about trying to special access
for Wikimedians, I had just assumed it was a global issue. But, at least for
Australians, it's largely solved... Are other country's major libraries
offering journal access to the public for free? If not, perhaps rather than
trying to get special access for Wikimedians directly from the Database
companies, we should be working to get access via Library subscriptions?


Liam / Wittylama.


[p.s. yes - I realise I'm promoting a service offered by my employer, sorry.
But I reckon it's relevant and important that people know though.

p.p.s. If you are Australian and want a free library card sent to you - go
here: ]
Peace, love & metadata


On 24 September 2013 12:48, Andrea Zanni <> wrote:

It's probably worth mentioning (again) that
we started a brand new wikimedia mailing list about Open Access:

If you are interested in the topic of access to scientific/academic
literature, you should be there.
Getting access to "closed" journals is definetely something that we like
and must pursue,
but changing the very system of is more important.
We shouldn't have this issue at all :-)


On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM, Tom Morris <> wrote:

> If you've gone to university, it's well worth looking to see if your
> university provide alumni access.
> My university, the University of London, provide alumni access to the
> library for £220 a year, which includes an eight book borrowing limit,
> JSTOR access (which doesn't have the limitation that JPASS has), Oxford
> access and some other online resources.
> Some universities also charge the even better price of nothing.
> I've put up a page in project space on English Wikipedia so we can
> document which institutions provide access:
> --
> Tom Morris
> On 24 September 2013 at 12:56:18, David Gerard ( wrote:
> fyi
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Kathleen McCook <>
> Date: 24 September 2013 12:25
> Subject: [WikiEN-l] access to journals
> To: English Wikipedia <>
> In an effort to enhance access options for people who aren’t
> affiliated with universities, colleges, or high schools,
> not-for-profit digital library JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program
> offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s
> archive collection. The move follows the March 2012 launch of JSTOR’s
> Register & Readprogram, which allowed independent researchers to
> register for a free MyJSTOR account, and receive free, online-only
> access to three full-text articles every 14 days. That service has
> since attracted almost one million users including independent
> scholars, writers, business people, adjunct faculty, and others, and
> JSTOR plans to continue offering the service in its current form.
> However, in a recent survey, many of Register & Read users expressed
> interest in an individual subscription model that would offer enhanced
> access, encouraging JSTOR to move ahead with JPASS.
> JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers
> [Library Journal]
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