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Consortia or Consortium is now being overheard everywhere. It is more because of electronic or digital form of information. In the West, Consortia is a thing of the past, where there were models for print journal subscriptions, co-operative resource sharing, etc. But in this electronic age it has gained momentum even in the developing countries. Please go through the following links to know more about consortia.

Consortia Coalitions:


  • CSIR Consortia is a consortium for CSIR Laboratories for Accessing e-journals.

  • CSIR-DST Consortia through which, all the libraries of DST are provided online access to additional journals of various publishers, in addition to the regular subscribed journals of each library.

  • Indian Digital Library of Engineering Science and Technology [INDEST] Consortium: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as per the recommendations of expert group headed by Prof Balakrishnan of IISc has set-up "Consortia-based Subscription to Electronic Resources for Technical Education System in India". This consortia is available in three models. Presently all the IIT's, IISc, NITIE, most of the Regional Engineering colleges and Indian Institute of Management's are its members. The consortium being an open-ended proposition, welcomes institutions to join it on their own for sharing maximum benefits it offers in terms of lower subscription rates and better terms of agreement with the publishers. All electronic resources being subscribed shall be available from the publisher's Website. The membership of the consortium is open to any Private or Government-funded Engineering / Technological / Educational institutions / Universities for one or more electronic resources. The consortium will charge nominal annual fee for its services.

  • Inflibnet: Consortium of e-journals among university libraries: Inflibnet under UGC Infonet is planning to have consortium of e-journals subscriptions among the university libraries. It is being planned to provide this service through higher bandwidth of internet connection, which will be given to University libraries in a phased manner.


  • British Columbia Electronic Library Network [BCELN] is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and its post-secondary libraries. ELN's purpose is to develop, promote and maintain system-wide mechanisms that allow post-secondary libraries to meet the expanding information needs of the province's learners and educators, at the lowest possible cost.

  • Center for Research Libraries [CRL] is an international not-for-profit consortium of colleges, universities and libraries that makes available scholarly research resources to users everywhere. CRL is governed by the major research libraries of North America and is funded by fees, grants and contributions.

  • Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois provides high quality collection of full text and image digitized resources that supports instruction, study, and research by students, faculty and staff in all eligible Illinois higher education institutions.

  • International Coalition of Library Consortia [ICOLC] is an informal, self-organized group comprising (as of September 2000) nearly 150 library consortia from around the world. The Coalition serves primarily higher education institutions by facilitating discussion among consortia on issues of common interest. It conducts regular meetings to keep members informed about new electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic providers and vendors, and other issues of importance to directors and governing boards of consortia.

  • Library Consortia in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho provides an overview of selected library consortia active in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, with an emphasis on those that include academic libraries.

  • South Asia Library Consortia: Members of the Committee on Insitutional Cooperation [CIC] with major South Asia collections joined together in 1993 for a program of cooperative activity that will improve collections on South Asia in the Midwest and access to them. This ensured the development of Digital South Asia library. The library includes good number of Indian and other South Asian countries publications.

  • Washington Research Library Consortia is a regional resource-sharing organization established by several universities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to expand and enhance the information resources available to their students and faculty.

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