The CPC's framework agreement for Library Resources provides members with a full suite of library products and services across four separate lots. The framework agreement includes:

  • Academic books from a range of publishers (from early years to KS4 and higher education)
  • Professional books and publications
  • Learning aids
  • E-books
  • Newspapers, journals and periodicals
  • E-journals
  • Audio books
  • Audio summary
  • Library discovery tools and services, including search functionality, database provision, Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), web resources, publisher packages, catalogue records, and electronic and print resources.

It was awarded on 9th August 2016 and runs to 8th August 2019 with a possible extension to 8th August 2020.

Key Benefits of this Framework

  • Access to six different suppliers offering a range of publications and services.
  • Substantial discounts against publishers’ list prices.
  • A fast and efficient route to market, with the option for direct purchase without further competition.
  • Full compliance with the EU public procurement regulations.

Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
1 - Lot 1: Library Books & Associated Services 5 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Askews and Holts Library Services Ltd 2016/1594 Nationwide
Browns Books for Students 2016/1595 Nationwide
Dawson Books Ltd 2016/1596 Nationwide
EBSCO International Inc. 2016/1597 Nationwide
ProQuest (Coutts Division) 2016/1599 Nationwide
2 - Lot 2: Library E-Books & Associated Services 5 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Askews and Holts Library Services Ltd 2016/1594 Nationwide
Browns Books for Students 2016/1595 Nationwide
Dawson Books Ltd 2016/1596 Nationwide
EBSCO International Inc. 2016/1597 Nationwide
ProQuest (Coutts Division) 2016/1599 Nationwide
3 - Lot 3: Journals/Periodicals & Associated Services 2 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
EBSCO International Inc. 2016/1597 Nationwide
Prenax Ltd 2016/1598 Nationwide
4 - Lot 4: Library Discovery Services 2 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
EBSCO International Inc. 2016/1597 Nationwide
ProQuest (Coutts Division) 2016/1599 Nationwide

How can I use this Framework

CPC typically recommend that members undertake a further competition considering their own particular requirements, however please see the framework user guide for further details.

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If you require support in running a further competition via this framework, Tenet Services can help. Tenet offer a nationwide service specialising in assisting education establishments to complete further competitions.

Tenet are part of the Crescent Purchasing Group of Companies and operate on a not-for-profit basis.

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Get a Quote

The CPC Quote Tool is free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on the framework. For more complex procurements, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available to offer enhanced features such as having a full audit trail and allowing electronic returns whilst still being free to use for our members.

You will need to sign in to use the CPC Qoute tool

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this framework. Some are required for successful use of the framework and are clearly marked.
File Details Essential
User GuideThis is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload

Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

  • Name: Lisa O'Shea
  • Tel: 0161 974 0947
  • Email: l.m.oshea@thecpc.ac.uk
  • Chat: Live Chat