Pirate University

A similar service is available between libraries as “Interlibrary loan” or ILL-service. However, these schemes are slow and expensive.

The Pirate University is ILL organized by library users and fulfilled via the web. Request an article to which you don’t have access and someone with access might just upload it for you.

It is a new site – there have been only 29 article requests and less than a dozen responses – and it probably won’t gain much network effect but it is still interesting.

4 thoughts on “Pirate University”

  1. I think this type of sharing is pretty common now. I was just reading about the #icanhazpdf twitter hashtag and Reddit Scholar in Kathryn Greenhill’s paper from VALA 2012 No library required: the free and easy backwaters of online content sharing.

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