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LIBRA: University of Virginia's Hydra-based Fedora Repository for Open Access Materials


The Libra homepage invites scholars to add articles, preprints, books and conference papers.

Charlottesville, VA The University of Virginia Library has announced the release of  Libra 1.4, a full-production Hydra-based Fedora repository at Libra offers an online archive of University of Virginia scholarship that makes publications available to the world and provides safe and secure storage for the scholarly output of the U.Va. community.

The idea of creating perpetual digital access to institutional scholarship is the motivation behind LIBRA which is based on Hydrangea. Libra is a Hydra head that serves as an interface to the University of Virginia institutional repository for open access publications, electronic theses and dissertations, and datasets.

U.Va. press release:

"New online Library service: "Libra" is a digital repository for U.Va. faculty to add their scholarly works so they can be preserved and made accessible worldwide. Built with the same infrastructure as our online catalog, VIRGO, the experience of finding articles, books, preprints, and conference papers by U.Va. faculty should be very similar."

Moore Library News blog:

"Save your work in perpetuity with a new tool called Libra. A joint project between ITC and the University Library System, and requested by the Faculty Senate, Libra allows any employee of the University who produces scholarly works to store their papers, and in the near future, theses and datasets, in a secure location. Libra was developed specifically as a repository for peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, although other works such as books may also be deposited, as long as sufficient rights have been retained by the authors."