The Open Access Button is now OA.Works!

The Open Access Button is now OA.Works!

Eight years ago we got our start building the Open Access Button. Since then, we’ve built ShareYourPaper, InstantILL, and our organization. We have wonderful partnerships with librarians, and new tools in the pipeline. It’s time for our name to reflect the momentum and direction of our work.

Enter, OA.Works.

Wordmark with “OA.” on one line, and “works” on another in a bold font. The dot is big and purple. It is shown animated, with grid marks and dots illustrating the graphic principles used in making the logo.
The new logo for our organization.

Since the beginning we've been driven by the belief that open access works – so while our name is changing – who we are is not. We’re just updating our brand to reflect what we do, and what we hope to become.

At OA.Works, we build powerfully simple open access tools for a just and kind information age. That’s our mission and vision. We’re a non-profit building tools so open access is easy and equitable. The tools are free, open source, and co-designed with advocates for a just world. Everything you need to know about us is on our new website: OA.Works (yes, that’s the URL!). is typed into an enlarged text input on a laptop and a website landing page fades in. The website has our logo, a stylized web browser containing the information about us, and a background of white bookshelves.
A stylized version of our new website.

To advance our mission, expect us to keep crafting tools like ShareYourPaper, that make self-archiving simple for everyone. Tools like InstantILL, that make it possible to deliver access, without subscriptions. Tools like OAButton (formerly, Open Access Button), that give readers a way to request scholarship directly from authors.

The OA.Works logo is shown with an arrow splitting and pointing towards three logos, showing OA.Works as the parent of three tools. Each tool has a similar wordmark, with ShareYourPaper having a blue dot, InstantILL a green dot, and OAButton an orange dot.
OA.Works is the organization that builds our tools. So, no longer does Open Access Button build the Open Access Button!

Behind our tools has always been a strong set of values, a theory for how we make a positive contribution to the open movement, and a team of people committed to putting those into action. Now, we’re putting all these front and centre.

We display the four key elements of what drives us, along a symbolic icon. Our theory of change is "build for open"; how we collaborate is "problems into partnerships''; our product ethos is "ideals into reality"; our how we work is "joy in action".
The four values that drive us and our work: build for open, problems into partnerships, ideals into reality, and joy in action.

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Thank you to Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and to Libraries, for supporting our work.