E-books from netLibrary for the North West Academic Libraries consortium

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "E-books from netLibrary for the North West Academic Libraries consortium", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/prog.2004.28038dab.006



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E-books from netLibrary for the North West Academic Libraries consortium

E-books from netLibrary for the North West Academic Libraries consortium

The North West Academic Libraries (NoWAL) consortium of university and higher education institutions in the UK, together with Keele University, has purchased 12,000 netLibrary e-book titles, the largest collection of e-books in Europe, serving more than 160,000 students.

Under an agreement facilitated by OCLC PICA, members of NoWAL will have access to an evolving collection of netLibrary e-book titles through a programme that extends through June 2006. NoWAL member institutions will have the opportunity to gain access to new titles as they become available through netLibrary, the leading provider of e-books in libraries worldwide. NoWAL was formed in 2000 as a result of a shared commitment to improving the quality of library services through collaboration. The netLibrary agreement builds on that commitment, and provides the power and flexibility of digital content that students will expect in the future.

NoWAL will provide a large collection of high quality academic content in digital form. The agreement with netLibrary will allow NoWAL members to access a comprehensive collection of e-book material ranging from classic works of fiction, academic monographs, reference works and training guides to recommended background reading and high-demand short loan items. Users can access e-books quickly from any PC with Internet access, both on and off campus.

The netLibrary e-book collection will support academic study and research for more than 160,000 students at the following institutions: Bolton Institute of Higher Education, University College Chester, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Lancaster University, Liverpool Hope University College, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Saint Martin’s College, UMIST, University of Central Lancashire, University of Central Lancashire, University of Manchester, University of Salford, and Keele University.

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC, develops, hosts, maintains and preserves electronic book collections for academic, corporate, public and school libraries. Thousands of libraries worldwide are currently providing netLibrary e-books to their users. NetLibrary is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Headquartered in Leiden, The Netherlands, OCLC PICA is a European Library Co-operative with regional offices in Birmingham and Paris. OCLC PICA offers an extensive range of leading edge products and services for both library professionals and library end users. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a non-profit organisation that has provided computer-based cataloguing, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 45,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories.

For further information please contact: OCLC Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 7th Floor, Tricorn House, 51-53 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8TP, UK. Tel: +44(0) 121 456 4656; Fax: +44(0) 121 456 4680. E-mail: Europe@oclc.org URL: www.oclc.org

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