Punctum Books Supporting Library Membership Program

Punctum Books, co-directed by Eileen A. Fradenburg Joy and Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, is a queer scholar-led, diamond open-access (OA) academic book publisher devoted to trans-disciplinary, genre-bending, and experimental work in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture & Design. Punctum fosters authors both within and outside the Academy who want to push the boundaries of established disciplines and methodologies and who understand the importance of sharing their work with the Global Commons. Punctum is also committed to supporting projects of translation and multilingualism across a wide variety of historical periods and languages.

Punctum is partnered with University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library and with them and other institutional libraries, they have developed an OA book publishing model with no author-facing fees that privileges cooperative expertise and knowledge sharing between librarians, knowledge managers, publishers, and scholar-researchers. Punctum’s commitments to and care for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are evidenced in their directorship and staff, catalog and Editorial Advisory Board.

The Supporting Library Membership Program

The Supporting Library Membership Program is designed to support the ongoing operations, development, sustainability, and governance of a collectively funded Open-Access (OA) publishing platform (Punctum Books) that cannot exist without consortial investment from university and college libraries, and which returns extremely good value for such investment.

The Institution will provide the Organization with financial support to subsidize:
  • The publication of high-quality open-access books in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture & Design, with no publication fees ever imposed upon authors;
  • Commitment and adherence to the “best practices” (as guided by librarians and the standards of academic communities) for editorial evaluation and oversight, interoperable metadata, cataloging, indexing, discovery, dissemination, aggregation, and preservation; and
  • The collaborative development and sustainable maintenance of open-source and community-owned infrastructure for open-access books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Annual membership fees enable the following benefits (for both individual supporting libraries in particular, but also for the larger public in terms of providing transparency around the “best practices” Punctum has developed around the technical infrastructure and workflows of our catalogue):
  • Full transparency through an annual financial and activity reports;
  • Biannual newsletters with information regarding what Punctum is doing as a press and how they are collaborating across the landscape of OA books with organizations and other publishers around the development of community-built infrastructures for OA book publishing;
  • A seat on Punctum’s Library Advisory Board, because Punctum believes that the libraries that support them should be part of their governance and strategic planning (librarians who want to opt out of this can do so);
  • Abstracting and indexing, provided by Directory of Open Access Books, EBSCO Knowledge Base, OCLC, and Thoth;
  • MARCXML, ONIX 2.0, CSV, KBART, and RIS catalog records, provided by, OAPEN Library, and MARC 21, MARCXML, CSV, ONIX (2.1 and 3.0), KBART, JSON, BibTeX, and CrossRef DOI catalog formats, provided by Thoth, a community-led open metadata management system Punctum helped design and build;
  • Open usage statistics & reader metrics, provided by OAPEN, Google Books, Project MUSE, EBSCO Open Access, and the Internet Archive for whole books, and by JSTOR for chapter-level usage, as well as CrossRef event data;
  • Open annotation layer on Punctum’s ebooks, provided through OAPEN Library + Hypothes.is;
  • Enhanced ebook editions for blind, seeing-impaired, and print-disabled readers, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provided with assistive software and devices such as large print interfaces, text-to-speech output, voice-activated input, and refreshable braille displays, in a manner consistent with the Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, provided by RNIB Bookshare;
  • Long-term preservation, provided by the Internet Archive (via the Thoth Archiving Network), of Punctum’s e-books and associated metadata;
  • Acknowledgment of supporting libraries on Punctum’s website (on their Institutional Partners webpage);
  • The right to use Punctum’s logo in marketing activities; and
  • A 40% discount on all of Punctum’s print editions purchased directly from Punctum (all of Punctum’s print editions are also available through GOBI Library Solutions). To contact Punctum directly to purchase discounted print editions of our titles, contact vincent@punctumbooks.com.


U.S. Pricing

U.S. library and institutional members are tiered according to the Basic classification in Carnegie Classification. Participation can be at one-, three- or five-year commitments.

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Canadian Pricing

Canadian library and institutional members are tiered according to FTE. Participation can be at one-, three- or five-year commitments.

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<10k FTE




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