Books on Project MUSE

Books on Project MUSE offer thousands of peer-reviewed digital books from major university presses and scholarly publishers and allow books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from over 600 journals currently on MUSE.

Participating Publishers

  • African Books Collective
  • Association for Scottish Literary Studies
  • Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Baylor University Press
  • Brandeis University Press
  • Brookings Institution Press
  • Calgary Institute for Humanities
  • Center for Literary Publishing
  • Central European University Press
  • Chinese University Press
  • Cork University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Cubanabooks
  • Dartmouth College Press
  • Duke University Press
  • Duquesne University Press
  • East Asia Program, Cornell University
  • ELT Press
  • Fordham University Press
  • Franciscan Institute Publications
  • Gallaudet University Press
  • Georgetown University Press
  • Hong Kong University Press, HKU
  • Indiana University Press
  • ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Jewish Publication Society
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Lawrence & Wishart
  • Leiden University Press
  • Leuven University Press
  • Liberty Fund
  • Liturgical Press
  • Louisiana State University Press
  • Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Manchester University Press
  • Medieval Institute Publications
  • Michigan State University Press
  • Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Northeastern University Press
  • Northern Illinois University Press
  • Northwestern University Press
  • NUS Press Pte Ltd
  • NYU Press
  • Ohio University Press
  • Oregon State University Press
  • Penn State University Press
  • Presses de l'Université du Québec
  • Princeton University Press
  • Purdue University Press
  • Red Hen Press
  • RIT Press
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Rutgers University Press
  • SAR Press
  • Slavica Publishers
  • Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University
  • Southern Illinois University Press
  • State University of New York Press
  • Syracuse University Press
  • Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
  • TCU Press
  • Temple University Press
  • Texas A&M University Press
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Texas Tech University Press
  • The Catholic University of America Press
  • The Feminist Press
  • The Kent State University Press
  • The MIT Press
  • The Ohio State University Press
  • The University of Akron Press
  • The University of Alabama Press
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • The University of Tennessee Press
  • The University Press of Kentucky
  • Tufts University Press
  • Unebook
  • University of Arizona Press
  • University of Arkansas Press
  • University of British Columbia Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Georgia Press
  • University of Hawai'i Press
  • University of Illinois Press
  • University of Iowa Press
  • University of Massachusetts Press
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • University of Nevada Press
  • University of New Hampshire Press
  • University of New Mexico Press
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of North Texas Press
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • University of Ottawa Press
  • University of Pennsylvania Press
  • University of Pittsburgh Press
  • University of South Carolina Press
  • University of Texas Press
  • University of Utah Press
  • University of Vermont Press
  • University of Virginia Press
  • University of Washington Press
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • University Press of Colorado
  • University Press of Florida
  • University Press of Kansas
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • University Press of New England
  • Utah State University Press
  • Vanderbilt University Press
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • Wayne State University Press
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • West Virginia University Press
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Wits University Press

List of book publishers in Excel format.

Collection Features and Title Lists

Books on Project MUSE offer peer-reviewed books from university presses and scholarly publishers and feature:

  • Collections sold in full calendar year packages  
  • Unlimited simultaneous usage of book content, with no DRM and no restrictions on printing or downloading
  • Digital book released at the same time as the print book  
  • Ownership and perpetual access rights for books purchased
  • Books in PDF format
  • Books searchable and retrievable to the chapter level
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Free MARC records for all books
  • Archival collections of backlist titles
  • Books fully integrated on the MUSE platform with the ability to search across combined book and journal content or limit searches by content type.

Title lists for all collections are available for download in Excel format.

Sample Book Content

A sampling of books is available for free browsing to assist libraries in evaluating the functionality of books on Project MUSE. Find the free sample books here.

Development of Book Collections

Project MUSE's collection development policies have been set with guidance from our Advisory Board and the input from scholars and academic librarians.  In general we solicit participation from university presses in the U.S. and abroad and independent, not-for-profit society and scholarly publishers.  We seek journal and monographic works of superior quality in the humanities and social sciences.  Content should be peer-reviewed, of relevance to our global cohort of researchers and scholars, and contribute to interdisciplinary inquiry and debate.

Origin of Books on MUSE

The University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) emerged in 2009 to explore the feasibility of a university press–based e-book initiative. Five press directors serve as UPeC principals: Steve Maikowski, New York University Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; and Donna Shear, University of Nebraska Press.

UPeC planning and development was supported by two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Working from the outset with two groups of experienced consultants—Informed Strategies, which surveyed the needs of the library community, along with Chain Bridge Group, which developed and tested the business model—UPeC began its search for a business partner at the beginning of 2011.

JHUP’s success in balancing the interests of publishers and librarians informed UPeC’s selection of MUSE, according to Steve Maikowski, director of the New York University Press. “The efficiencies and cost savings resulting from this collaboration will bring far more revenue to participating presses than current third-party models,” he said. “Because both initiatives are university-press based, there is a strong mission alliance.”

In March 2011, MUSE announced it had entered into a new partnership with UPeC to create UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE. The merger is part of a multimillion-dollar commitment to the ongoing growth and expansion of Project MUSE, according to then director Dean Smith. “By leveraging the MUSE brand and investing in technology that ensures the program’s future performance, we can grow at a rapid pace while continuing our 15-year tradition of providing quality scholarly content at a fair price.”

Books launched on Project MUSE in January 2012. The book collections offer thousands of peer-reviewed digital books from over 65 major university presses and scholarly publishers and allow books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.