Liverpool University Press Opening the Future

Liverpool University Press has adopted a sustainable Open Access (OA) publishing model that will give participating organizations access to a selection of the extensive backlist, DRM free and with perpetual access after a subscription period of three years. This membership revenue will be used to make newly-published books openly accessible to anyone. When the revenue target is met and the entire monograph frontlist is openly accessible, future membership fee rates can be lowered.

Benefits of the model

The revenue from the membership – that yields access for supporting institutions to the backlist – will be used to fund the frontlist that will be published in OA. Library membership fees will pay for only those books that do not already have funding. The aim of this approach is to continue to yield a sustainable source of revenue for a press while achieving the desired commitment to making more titles OA. Given the current global library environment and existing budget pressures that have now been exacerbated by COVID-19, a collective model of funding promises a cost-effective solution for OA that means no single institution bears a disproportionate burden.

What do participants get for their investment?

LUP is offering libraries anywhere in the world subscription/membership access to a choice of two Hispanic Studies backlist series of monographs: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures and Liverpool Latin American Studies. In return LUP will use the subscription fees to produce new Open Access monographs, freely accessible to all.


Membership is open to libraries and institutions worldwide. Library and institutional members are banded according to their size. Participation requires a three-year commitment.

Annual Pricing (US$)

U.S. Classification (Carnegie Classification-Basic)

Canada Classification (CRKN Bands)



Bands 11, 12, 13



Bands 8, 9, 10


Baccalaureate/Four-Year Special Focus

Bands 5, 6, 7


Associates/Two-Year Special Focus

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4


Non-profits, museums, K-12

Non-profits, museums, K-12

How to participate

To support Liverpool Univeristy Press Opening the Future, register an institutional pledge at

About Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing research since 1899. They have rapidly expanded in recent years to become an award-winning academic publisher that produces approximately 150 books a year, 39 journals and a number of digital collections, specializing in literature, modern languages, history and film studies.

More information is available at Liverpool University Press Opening the Future

In lieu of a license, the vendor uses Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU), a NISO Best Practice governed by Copyright Law. To participate, register your institution's name with the SERU Registry. Get started here.

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