Group Purchases Sponsored through SDL

Note: None of the offers on this page include any state or federal funding, but are paid for entirely with funds from participating libraries. In some cases, the State Library's role is limited to acting as a conduit of information from vendors to libraries.

Information on other organizations providing discounted eResource purchasing opportunities to libraries can be found at the bottom of this page.

DISCLAIMER: The Statewide Database Licensing project regularly highlights online resources and vendor offers as a way to alert the library community to discounts and group purchase opportunities. By doing so, we are not endorsing any specific product(s), but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them and their patrons.

Here is an alphabetical table of contents linking the group purchase information found on this page. Some of these are listed here for historical purposes only.

AWE Digital Learning Solutions

AWE is again providing a multi-state group purchase special offer for for both the Early Literacy Station™ and AfterSchool Edge™. The offer runs through Dec. 15, 2014.

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for early learners, ages 2-8. It is available in English and Bilingual Spanish and features over 70 content applications. The AfterSchool Edge™ features content for all elementary age students (approximately 6-12 years old). The educational programs, which are correlated to Common Core and state standards, span all seven curricular areas. Each product features engaging graphics, intuitive menus, usage tracking, and administrative functions. No Internet connection is required to use either of these products.

Additional Information

Zinio from Recorded Books

Recorded Books offered a second round of Zinio group purchase signups to Washington Libraries. Zinio is a platform for reading magazines in an online format.

Current pricing models are aimed at public libraries, but academic and K-12 libraries are also welcome. Libraries will pay an annual platform fee, which then allows them to purchase unlimited use subscriptions to individual magazines. Volume discounts for the platform fee will be offered, depending on the level of participation.

The deadline for participation was June 1, 2013. Service began July 1, 2013.

For more information about this group purchase, contact Bryan Messersmith for your library's platform pricing and a customized Recorded Books Zinio Order Form, and then return the completed order form to Brian Messersmith before the deadline. A Zinio Master List magazine content order form must be included, unless you are purchasing one of the Top 50, etc., packages, in which case inform Bryan via e-mail.

Here is information on Zinio, provided by Zinio distributor to libraries, Recorded Books:

Zinio for Libraries – Bring the world’s largest digital magazine service to your library

Your library subscribes to the magazines they want to circulate – Patron checks all the issues they want and keeps them forever – Read the magazines online via browser streaming or via mobile apps.

Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. 

For questions about Zinio, and this group purchase, contact:

Brian Messersmith
National Account Manager
Recorded Books
(410) 535-5590 x1344
(800) 638-1304 x1344

The following documents are from the first round of signups in 2012:

Note: Due to concerns expressed by some libraries, Recorded Books has requested the removal of the license agreement previously posted here, and will not require libraries to sign it. The requirement that libraries sign an agreement to the Zinio service terms has also been removed from the order form. Libraries may request a license agreement if they wish one, but it is not required.

For questions about Zinio, and this group purchase, contact:

Brian Messersmith
National Account Manager
Recorded Books
(410) 535-5590 x1344
(800) 638-1304 x1344

For questions about Statewide Database Licensing, contact Will Stuivenga (contact information at the bottom of this page).


Database Packages for Public Libraries

EBSCO is offering WA public libraries four updated database packages with a 90-day free trial. All of these packages INCLUDE AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: GreenFILE database covering the environment and sustainable living content.  EBSCO also offers ebooks & audiobooks with NO PLATFORM FEES in various purchase or subscription models. Ask about EBSCO’s Discovery Service, LibraryAware & Novelist Select products. 

Information is available via the PDF file: EBSCO 2014 Public Library Packages.

For more information, contact

George Dragich, WA based Field Sales Representative
800-653-2726 ext. 3493

Elizabeth Coggeshall, Inside Sales Representative
800-653-2726 ext. 2474

Consumer Reports Group Purchase

As of July, 2009, EBSCO has exclusive rights to market Consumer Reports to libraries, via the web site. EBSCO offered a discounted group purchase option to Washington libraries, through the Washington State Library's SDL (Statewide Database Licensing) project.

This offer was open to all types of nonprofit libraries. The number of libraries that chose to participate determined the level of discount off list pricing as follows:

0-4 libraries = retail pricing
5-9 libraries = 10% discount
10-14 libraries = 15% discount
15-19 libraries = 20% discount
20+ libraries = 25% discount

The deadline for participation was May 29, 2009. All orders were held until the deadline, and then processed based on the level of participation at that time. Libraries contacted EBSCO directly for pricing, and to indicate their intent to participate. 28 Washington public libraries and library systems joined this group purchase.

Contact EBSCO sales representatives, as listed under the Database Packages for Public Libraries above.

Books24x7 eBooks Group Purchase

Note: This package was for all interested Washington non-profit Libraries

The original group purchase provided access to the ITPro searchable eBook collection covering more than 100 technology related topics. Other collections in addition to ITPro were also available as part of the group purchase.

Details for the Books24x7 Group Purchase

Gale Cengage Learning Academic Library Database Packages

These packages are for Washington academic libraries.

Details and renewal information for the Gale Academic Package

Gale Cengage Learning Public Library Database Packages

These packages are available to Washington public libraries only.

Details and renewal information for the Public Library Package

Gale/Cengage Learning Hospital/Medical Library Offer
In 2008, Gale provided a special one-time pricing offer for a group of Gale databases to medical or hospital libraries in the Pacific Northwest, including all of the states and provinces covered by the HLIB-NW e-mail list. Specific details are available here.

Wayfinder/Washington Group Services

Libraries may purchase OCLC services, including Cataloging, ILL/Resource Sharing and WorldCat subscriptions through Washington Group Services, the Wayfinder project. For more information, visit the Wayfinder project web site, or contact SDL staff (see below for contact information).

OCLC Pacific Northwest FirstSearch Group Database Package

Note: This package is for non-profit Washington libraries. Members of the group all receive a core package, a valuable collection of resources for academic, public and special libraries. It includes:

For more information, and for pricing, contact:

Jeff Hastings
OCLC, Library Services Consultant
Office: 303.953.1114  | Toll Free 1.800.898.6252, ext 3811
mobile 720.548.0874 |

ReferenceUSA Database Package
Note: This package is for all interested Washington non-profit Libraries. This online database provides access to business directory information for the United States and Canada and household “white pages” directory information for the U.S. For pricing, contact:

Corey Rosenbaum
Infogroup | ReferenceUSA

For more information including pricing, contact Corey Rosenbaum. or visit

Discount pricing available through other venues

Discounted database pricing is often available through other sources. In Washington State, libraries can obtain database discounts through several other venues besides the State Library:

For more information on group database purchases through the Washington State Library, please contact:

Will Stuivenga
Cooperative Projects Manager
Library Development Program, Washington State Library

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