Integration of the Open Research Library (ORL) in Library Systems for Indexing and Discovery


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To ensure that your library patrons fully profit from Open Access content that is available online, Knowledge Unlatched maintains partnerships with several big discovery service providers for direct integration and indexing. Namely, these are EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), ProQuest with its Ex Libris Primo and Summon library discovery services, and OCLC with their creation of MARC records and indexing in WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery. If you operate with one of these systems, you can easily integrate the whole ORL collection for discovery. It includes thousands of academic Open Access ebooks, chapters and prospectively also other formats, such as video, audio and posters.

Showing Open Access titles in your catalog or discovery system increases their accessibility significantly and, thus, also their usage. For this reason, we strongly recommend making the ORL collection available for search and discovery in your catalog system. In the following section, you find instructions and tutorials to help with the set up.


EBSCO Discovery Service

The ORL collection is available as a database in the EDS system. To switch it on within your EDS profile, please see this Video Tutorial.


ProQuest Ex Libris

The ORL will soon be available in the new Ex Libris Central Discovery Index (CDI) and Primo Central (see release notes here and a list of Primo Central collections here). The linked tutorials explain how to activate subscriptions in the Alma Community Zone, SFX Knowledge Base and 360 Core Client Center.



To add Open Access knowledge base collections within the OCLC Collection Manager, please visit this article. All available content from the WorldCat knowledge base is provided here. We are looking forward to having the ORL collection included in WorldCat within the first quarter of this year.


Furthermore, you can download MARC records on the ORL metadata page. There we also provide an OAI and OPDS feeds.


In case you have any further questions regarding the inclusion of ORL metadata, please contact

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