More than 3,200 digital editions of scholarly books on the humanities from the Project MUSE collection are now available to patrons of the Kansas City Public Library.
The electronic books were purchased through a grant from the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund, and can be accessed at the Library's website at http://www.kclibrary.org/downloadables .
In addition, individual electronic books may be located by using the search function of the Library's online catalog.
MUSE is a source of complete-text versions of scholarly journals and books from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. More than 120 publishers currently participate.
"It's a very valuable addition to our collection," says collection development librarian Dennis Halbin. "You can read these books online. You can download an entire book a chapter at a time. With the electronic format it's easy to get hold of and to look at from almost anywhere."
The initial purchase centers on MUSE's collection of books on history. As funds become available, Halbin says, the Library plans to pick up MUSE's collections of electronic books on literature, politics, and philosophy.