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Australasian universities sign up to Springer Book Archives

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Universities in Australasia are amongst the first to offer access to Springer Book Archives (SBA) to students, faculty and researchers. By the end of 2013, this resource will include 100,000 e-books.

The University of Melbourne became the first institution in the southern hemisphere to purchase the SBA in November 2012, ahead of its official launch in January 2013. The University of Auckland, La Trobe University and The University of South Australia all subsequently purchased the SBA ahead of its official launch, and numerous other institutions are in discussions to acquire it, says Springer. 

University of Melbourne librarian Philip Kent explained, 'We have been aware of the project since 2010 and have been monitoring developments since. The University has invested in this historic content, that includes works from scholars such as Einstein, because it paves the way for future research outcomes.'