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Library Renegotiating Major Journal Package

October 22, 2019

The Library is renegotiating its contract with ScienceDirect publisher Elsevier as part of its efforts to reduce spending. The current contract is a bundled package of both high- and low-use journals that provides a great deal of content but locks the university into an expensive, fixed subscription with significant annual increases. In this model, the Library cannot choose which titles it subscribes to, providing no flexibility to reduce spending. The likely new contract model will allow the library to choose individual Elsevier journals to meet the needs of users while staying within budget constraints. This subscription model will result in a significant reduction of available titles. Every effort will be made to retain high-use and important journals across a range of disciplines. Resources such as Interlibrary Loan will continue to be available through the Library to provide access to journals that the library does not subscribe to.

This renegotiation comes at a time of heightened attention to an unsustainable financial model for scholarly publishing, and many universities across the country have taken similar steps. The Library has created a webpage with more information about the process.

The library's responsibility to provide U of I with access to scholarly materials is taken very seriously. Comments, thoughts and questions are welcomed. Contact Dean of University Libraries Ben Hunter at or the liaison librarian assigned to your discipline.

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