Open Access Week
Organizers get ready to speak to students and researchers at Open Access Week in Estonia Photo credit: Henri Kirs/Tartu Ülikool

Every year, libraries around the world advocate for change by taking part in International Open Access (OA) Week, a global event established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, which is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research — to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.  

Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have all used OA Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus OA policies, to present on the social and economic benefits of OA, to commit new funds in support of OA publication, and more.

The EIFL Open Access programme encourages libraries across the EIFL network to take part in OA Week, and helps them prepare for this exciting global event.

For me, open access means providing an enabling environment for research to take place anywhere in the world without any barriers to scholarly information.

- Gloria Kadyamatimba, University Librarian at Chinhoyi University of Technology and EIFL-OA country coordinator in Zimbabwe



Over 30 EIFL partner countries hosted advocacy and awareness-raising workshops during Open Access Week 2013.


Open Access Week is organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) with advice from programme advisors. Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma is a member of the OA Week programme committee.