Open access (OA) refers to content freely available on the public internet and which carries less restrictive copyright and licensing terms than traditionally published works, but it is copyrighted.
The libraries heartily support OA in a number of ways:
They are reviewing, making information available and having discussions with the campus community on their "Big Deal" subscriptions, in line with other Virginia doctoral institutions.
They provide an open access repository of W&M research and scholarship, W&M ScholarWorks.
Offering information including faculty workshops on free textbooks (Open Education Resources, OER) and promoting funding opportunities for authoring, adapting or adopting them.