Did you know your patrons may suddenly have access to items they could never get before?
If you missed the Smithsonian’s article on 12/19, you may not know that hundreds of thousands of materials previously unavailable will be legal to share on the public domain as of 1/1/2019.
If your patron is looking for a book (or film, photograph, recording, etc) published in the USA on or before 1923, they may be able to find it on the internet by looking at the Hathitrust, DPLA, Google Books, or even popular social sites Flickr or Youtube!
If you don’t find it on these more well-known sites, there are quite a few public domain sites that gather items that are either old enough to be in the public domain, or are newer but permitted under public domain, such as:
ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications;
BASE (academic web resources);
British Library Labs;
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals);
IMSLP Petrucci Music Library;
Internet Library of Early Journals;
NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations);
OER (Open Educational Resources);
PMB (PubMed Central);
SJR (Scimago Journal & Country Rank);
Songs of America;
SSRN research papers;
If you know of other public domain resources, please comment on this post!
[Update 8/29/2019: Read this exciting article by Cory Doctorow, Data-mining reveals that 80% of books published 1924-63 never had their copyrights renewed and are now in the public domain]
Of course, as always, if you can’t find what your patron needs using one of these methods, our ILL team is happy to look for sources for you!
Laura Bogart, Resource Sharing Assistant