Open Access & Other Freely Available Collections Available Through reSearcher (CUFTS and CJDB)

See also MARC records for the Directory of Open Access Books and the MARC records download site for Legislative Library of British Columbia Electronic Records.

The following collections of peer-reviewed, scholarly journals, and vetted lists of quality, freely available serials, are all freely available to anyone over the internet, as an A to Z list or a MARC records to download for your library catalogue. There are approximately 16,065 journal titles as of May 2013. Downloadable tab-delimited or .csv title lists are available for many of these lists (links below). Any data downloadable from this page belongs to the public domain, under the emerging norms for sharing of data. That is, feel free to download and use this data any way you choose, including commercial uses; but be responsible. For example, if you have lists of free or open access collections, please share those freely, too - and please send us the URL! As a default, open access collections are set up in CUFTS for all BC ELN partner libraries, and added to OutLook OnLine to facilitate free access for all users of this gateway to BC's public and post-secondary libraries. To suggest a title to add, use this form

Enjoy! CUFTS Free! Open Access Collections Group.

The Collections

Scielo (Scientific Electronic Library Online) A substantial collection of open access journals from Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Spain). Not yet available through reSearcher.

Potential Future Collections

This area is for interesting potential future lists, generally where there does not appear to be a spreadsheet available for quick download and upload into CUFTS.

BT Net. Commercial service, includes free and premium content. A to Z list, subjects (business, reference, technology, news, lifestyle). Article-level search. Thanks to Paula Rankin, North Island College.

Lists last updated November 2012. Lists are updated on an irregular basis, with lists changing most frequently updated most frequently.

Historical note: National Research Council Press journals National Research Council Press
NRC journals were formerly made available to Canadian libraries through the depository program. This access ended at the end of 2010; NRC journals are now available to subscribing libraries only, with the exception of the free back issues noted above.


Many of the titles (even BC based periodicals) were originally identified by Swedish librarian Jan Sczcepanski. Jan's considerable lists (that we can never keep up with) are posted on scribd.