Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries & Elsevier Sign Agreement

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and Elsevier have signed a four-year contract for ongoing access to the Elsevier Freedom Collection and additional journal content. This agreement includes all the academic libraries in the consortium and provides varying levels of access for different libraries based on their financial needs.

“This new contract provides several different access level choices for our member research libraries," says Robert H. McDonald, Dean of University Libraries and Senior Vice Provost for Online and Extended Education, University of Colorado Boulder. "I am happy that our negotiating team was able to deliver something of value to all of our individual campuses.” 

Higher education budgets in Colorado and Wyoming are under continued downward pressure and libraries were concerned with meeting the research needs of the faculty and students. Some of the universities are also experiencing drops in enrollment, further exacerbating their budgetary pressures.

This contract was unique for the consortium as libraries had different options to meet their local requirements. This array of options within the contract allowed great flexibility for libraries to select which worked best for their local interests and budgets. APC (article processing charge) discounts were available in all of the package options. Working with Elsevier, the Alliance was able to arrange options for members to reduce cost and still preserve access to many of their most important journals, while other options provided member the option to continue with full access to the Freedom Collection. Members continuing with the Freedom Collection could also choose to participate in a “read and publish” option under different commercial terms to support open access publishing on their campus.

“We are excited to continue our long partnership with the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, as we work together to empower both large and smaller library customers in the consortium," says James Tonna, VP Research Sales, Americas at Elsevier. "Our new collaboration for the 2024 agreement provides a range of options for members that align with the goals and objectives of the Alliance libraries. This includes providing access to ScienceDirect Journals and Books with flexible investment choices and providing new avenues for open access publishing services.”

UW Libraries patrons are encouraged to use the Database A-Z and QuickSearch platform to search for journal availability. If journals or resources appear unavailable, submit a request for materials via Interlibrary Loan the Suggest a Purchase form. For additional information or support, please contact Denis Shannon, Electronic Resources Librarian. 

About the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries represents 16 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. The 15 academic libraries in this contract serve over 180,000 students and thousands of faculty. The consortium was established as a non-profit entity in 1981 and has had a group contract with Elsevier since 2005. See more on the history of this contract negotiation.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is the world’s largest publisher of scholarly journals, with 70 offices in 24 countries. It publishes or hosts 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell Press, covering topics in science, technology, engineering, health/medicine and other areas.

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