Shadow Libraries is large-scale comparative research project on the provision of educational materials in higher education, with a focus on how students get the materials they need. The study explored the changing roles of publishers, universities, faculty, and students in this ecosystem; in particular, it looked at the large-scale practices of informal copying and sharing of materials that underpin the expansion of global higher education that have resulted in some truly massive online shadow libraries, such as Sci-Hub, which has copied and made available most of the world’s scientific knowledge. The core work focuses on Brazil, India, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, and the United States and has resulted in a book, Shadow Libraries (2018), published by MIT.
On June 22nd-23rd, 2018, our partners at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro held a conference on access to knowledge, which doubled as a launch event for Shadow Libaries.
On July 30th, 2018, the MIT Press Bookstore welcomes Joe Karaganis and Evelin Heidel to the bookstore to discuss their book, Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education.
Washington Post: "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," By Joe Karaganis and Balazs Bodo (July 13th, 2018)
Jornal do Brasil: "Entrevista - Joe Karaganis: pesquisador sustenta que pirataria é uma questão de preço," by André Duchiade (June 20th, 2018)