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Five College Libraries EBL Pilot Project

The year-long consortial patron-driven acquisition project offers a wide, uniform pool of eBook titles across the five campuses, with a single link to the eBook (rather than five separate links for the five campuses).   

Costs relate to use.  Short browses are free; longer browses, printing, and copying generate a one-week loan of the book.  Five loans from a single campus trigger a purchase.  All titles offer unlimited simultaneous use for the short term loans.

The loans are paid for from a shared deposit account (based on the elevenths formula), with purchases paid for by the individual campuses.

5 College EBL Site


6 Months with Price Increase and $125 Limit

Trigger Scenarios for 5C and by Library

Cost Recalculations

EBL Library Dashboard with Publisher Information

Library Dashboard with Patron Type, Title, and Subject Information

Five College EBL Dashboard

Year of Publication DashboardDraft Site

Cost Recalculated with Projected Increases

EBL and Print Comparisons by Pubisher

Summary of Use by Title

EBL Collection by Publisher

Subject and User Dashboard



Last Edited: 30 June 2014