The British Library and Elsevier Science sign new partnership deal

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2002




(2002), "The British Library and Elsevier Science sign new partnership deal", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 30 No. 2.



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The British Library and Elsevier Science sign new partnership deal

Keywords: British Library, Databases

A landmark deal that allows access to over 1,000 Elsevier Science titles by readers in the British Library Science Reading Rooms at St Pancras, and to over 20,000 world-wide customers of the Library's Document Supply service, has been signed by the two organisations.

The British Library, the world's leading supplier of documents, and Elsevier Science have strengthened their existing partnership by agreeing the supply and use of material in electronic format. The agreement means that the electronic full text produced by Elsevier Science in ScienceDirect can be stored by the British Library for use in its public reading rooms, and for satisfying document delivery requests. Requests for the latter should be processed in a matter of minutes after receipt and with a high level of accuracy from the Library's Document Supply Centre (BLDSC), at Boston Spa, in Yorkshire. In an extension to the previous agreement, the new licence will permit users of the library's inside service to receive copies of articles from Elsevier material instantly for the first time.

The three-year deal covers all the titles published by Elsevier on ScienceDirect. In addition to licensing Elsevier's ScienceServer software the agreement also includes use of electronic bibliographic data, including abstracts, which will be used in the library's inside and zetoc document and information services.

For further details contact Colin Beesley, British Library Press Office, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ. Tel: +44 1937 546 825; Fax: +44 1937 546 571; E-mail: or Jean Lawton, Communications Director, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 20 485 2661; E-mail:

Source: Elsevier Science news release

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