FAQ

Who owns The Palace Project?

The Palace Project is funded by a $5 million investment in LYRASIS by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and DPLA is a strategic partner. The Palace Project is a transformational new library-centered platform for digital content and services that will allow libraries to purchase, organize, and deliver ebooks and other digital content to their patrons quickly and easily while protecting patron privacy. The Palace Project builds on a collaboration between DPLA and LYRASIS over the last several years and uses the Library Simplified platform, an open-source code base originally designed and developed by The New York Public Library. 

What is the goal of The Palace Project?

The Palace Project will support the mission of public libraries by providing equitable access to digital knowledge, bolstering the direct relationship between libraries and patrons, and protecting patron privacy by enabling libraries to serve content to patrons from all the major e-content providers.

What is the Palace Platform?

The Palace Platform is a new library-centered suite of tools and services that will allow libraries to purchase, organize, and deliver ebooks and other digital content to their patrons quickly and easily while protecting patron privacy. The Palace Platform builds on a collaboration between DPLA and LYRASIS over the last several years and Library Simplified, founded by New York Public Library.

Will The Palace Project be able to help my library with systems implementation and hosting?

The Palace Project will also provide hosting services to libraries through LYRASIS, which will house the code powering The Palace Project’s app and platform.

Will my library be able to serve content from multiple sources to patrons through the Palace app?

The Palace Project will enable libraries to serve content to patrons from all the major e-content providers, including the Palace Marketplace, the only non-profit, library-centered ebook marketplace. The
Palace Marketplace includes titles from major publishers, as well as dozens of smaller and independent publishers. In addition, the Palace Marketplace provides access to titles from Amazon Publishing, thanks to a recently announced agreement. A variety of flexible licensing models will make it easier for libraries to maximize the value of acquisition budgets and elevate offerings through a diverse mix of content at the best possible terms.

Will software developed for The Palace Project be open source?

Yes, the core software will be open source, and can be found on GitHub.

Is the Palace app the same as SimplyE?

The Palace app will be a new e-reader app built by a team of developers at The Palace Project. It will utilize parts of the open-source code that powers the SimplyE app created by The New York Public Library but will feature a brand-new design and new features. More information about the design and functionality of the Palace app will be available in the coming months.

How did The Palace Project get its name?

In his book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, author Eric Klinenberg writes, "The library really is a palace. It bestows nobility on people who otherwise couldn't afford a shred of it." We agree, and this embodies how we feel about our work and the importance of The Palace Project.

 

The Palace Project is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.