Academic and Research Libraries Acquisitions Consortium Now Has Access to the Latest Books with GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO

~ Workflow Solutions and E-book Access Provides Maximum Value to Consortium Members ~

The Academic and Research Libraries Acquisitions Consortium (ARLAC) in Australia has renewed its agreement for three years with GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions) for the supply of books, with an extension to include electronic books and related services.

ARLAC is composed of the State Library of Victoria, La Trobe University, RMIT University, Federation University Australia, Victoria University, Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania and Flinders University.

The aim of the consortium is to achieve maximum value of its expenditure on books through favourable pricing, as well as access to a range of cost-effective ancillary services such as the supply of MARC records and pre-processing of books. ARLAC members will benefit from GOBI Library Solutions’ customer service offerings, speedy delivery of books and operating efficiencies through integration of GOBI Library Solutions systems with the member libraries’ Integrated Library Systems (ILS). ARLAC members will also have access to the GOBI interface, with end users benefitting from access to the largest collection of scholarly published content.

Under this agreement, ARLAC libraries have access to more than 14 million print books and 2.5 million e-books on more than 25 platforms. GOBI also offers 850,000 DRM-free titles on both publisher and aggregator platforms, including 130,000 available from EBSCO eBooks. GOBI supports library workflows and collection development strategies, so libraries can choose from a variety of acquisition options, including recent support for eCollections and Evidence-Based Acquisitions (EBA). GOBI also allows libraries to streamline workflows, which saves time for library staff.

EBSCO Vice President of Oceania Sales Mark Ly says the addition of GOBI for print and electronic books will enhance ARLAC’s already robust offerings for library staff and patrons across its consortium. “ARLAC provides vital services to leading academic and state libraries in Australia. We’re looking forward to continuing our work together, maximising the value members obtain from its expenditure on books through a one-stop shop, using a wide range of purchasing models.” 

ARLAC Management Committee Chair Tom Snook said GOBI Library Solutions was able to provide a comprehensive solution to the acquisition needs of the ARLAC consortium in response to its latest tender. “The team at GOBI demonstrated a professional and responsive approach and were able to accommodate the requirements of ARLAC in providing a range of services that meet our ongoing needs.”

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO provides acquisition, collection development and technical services to academic and research libraries around the world. For more than 40 years, the company has partnered with libraries, developing solutions that make getting the right books easy and efficient.

About GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO, formerly YBP Library Services, offers over 15 million print and e-books to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. From streamlining workflows to partnering with library staff, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to providing the best solution for libraries’ acquisition, collection development and technical service needs. For more than 40 years, the mission has remained same—to partner with libraries in providing access to the broadest selection of scholarly content available. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at:

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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