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Resources and guides for those involved in licensing and negotiating access for online resources. The list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have additional resources you would like us to include please contact

IFLA Licensing Principles

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Principles of Licensing developed by The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). IFLA recommends libraries adhere to these as much as possible when negotiating licenses for electronic resources with publishers.

LibLicense Licensing Resource

International Federation of Library Associations and Insitutions (IFLA)

A comprehensive resource of licensing information. Includes a section on Licensing Vocabulary which serves as a useful reference tool.

Licensing Booklet - Licensing Electronic Resources: Strategic & Practical Considerations

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

This booklet presents an overview of strategic and practical issues academic and research library contract teams should consider in negotiating licenses for electronic resources. A checklist of the educational, library, and fair uses permitted under copyright law and new conditions that may be introduced by the terms of a license.

Licensing Digital Resources: How to avoid the legal pitfalls

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

This licensing guide was compiled by the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations to help librarians understand the meaning and consequences of common clauses contained in a licence. Awareness of the type of pitfalls and the issues that arise go a long way towards the negotiation of a better licence for your institution.

Licensing Guidelines

NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL)

Guidelines for vendors and North Eastern Research Libraries (NERL) members involved in negotiating licenses for products for NERL institutions.

Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

The intent of this web resource is two-fold: to guide libraries in negotiating license agreements for access to electronic resources, and to provide licensors with a sense of the issues of importance to libraries and their user communities in such negotiations.

UKSG's E-Resources Management Handbook

UKSG, has produced a very useful Handbook comprising 27 chapters on topics such as licensing, archiving, marketing and ERM systems. Chapters relevant to Licensing and negotiation include:

The Handbook forms a valuable and comprehensive guide for the entire information industry, and will continue to grow as new chapters are commissioned to address hot topics as they arise.

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