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UCDSU and Librarians condemn the abrupt removal of access to over 1,300 eBooks by Wiley Publishers

(Dublin - 22 September 2022) - Representatives of students and librarians at University College Dublin have condemned the abrupt removal of over 1,300 eBooks by Wiley Publishers from its collection just days before the start of the academic term, including texts which many lecturers have already set as core texts.

Students and librarians say that in a move that will immediately and directly impact on the quality of higher education, Wiley removed these books from already-subscribed services without making any efforts to reach libraries that pay hundreds of thousands of Euros from public funds per year to ensure students have access to books they need.

Dr Sandra Collins, University Librarian at UCD, stated that:

"This unilateral action by Wiley Publishers, taken at a time when students are facing accommodation and cost of living crises, severely impacts the work of academic libraries in providing access to essential texts for teaching and learning and research. It is a major setback for inclusive access and especially for people with reading difficulties for whom ebooks are critical. We urge people to actively support the #ebookSOS campaign for sustainable electronic content and ebook pricing."