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.

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Key Benefits of this Deal

  • 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
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
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
Lot 3: Journals/Periodicals & Associated Services 2 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
EBSCO International Inc. 2016/1597 Nationwide
Prenax Ltd 2016/1598 Nationwide
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 Deal

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

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If you require support in running a further competition via this deal, 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 our deals for purchases that fall below £181,302.

"The Quote Tool was easy to use and time saving, resulting in a straightforward process where we just had to put the details in once and could then use the reputable suppliers already recommended."

Deborah Anderson-Dixon, Finance Manager at Sir William Romney's School

For purchases that exceed £181,302, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about CPC Sourcing Cloud.

Use This Deal

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Create a User Account

To create a free user account your institution needs to be a CPC member, CPC membership is completely free for educational establishments.

When you join the CPC you will receive some amazing benefits including access to 64 deals and specialist procurement advice, plus you won't be inundated with lots of marketing calls and emails that you don't need.

The joining form only takes a few minutes to complete and upon registering as a member you will typically be approved within 10 minutes (during the hours of 9am and 4.30pm).

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this deal. Some are required for successful use of the deal 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 deal is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Lisa O'Shea

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