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.
This offer is for public libraries located in the State of Washington.
TumbleBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources designed for your middle school, high school, or public library. It offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. Subscriptions include unlimited access, any time of day or night: No downloads, no check-outs, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content on any device. There’s also a free app available to simplify users’ access to their subscriptions on Android and Apple devices.
The TumbleBookCloud Collection has almost 1000 titles, including 372 ebooks, 155 Enhanced Ebooks, 110 audio books, 120 national geographic videos, and 74 graphic novels. Plus, there are hundreds of TumbleQuizzes and other Teacher Resources.
For a complete list of titles and resources, visit http://www.tumblebookcloud.com/Collections.aspx.
Special offer pricing:
$200/branch/year for unlimited and unrestricted access for all of the schools and educational institutions served by that library.
A 1 branch library pays $200 regardless of how many schools it has.
No library pays more than $2000/year. We max it out at 10 branches.
Deal is for a 3 year commitment.
There is no minimum amount of participating libraries required to get the deal. If only one library subscribes, they get it for $200.
Offer expires Dec 31st, 2017.
Any library can lock in the price and start their subscription emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact info and the list of schools they want to provide access to. They can lock in the price, start the subscription Sept 1st, 2017, and get billed later.
If any library wants to pay for all 3 years at once, the price is $500/branch for 3 years.
More information about TumbleBookCloud is available at http://www.tumblebookcloud.com or contact email@example.com with your specific questions.
Please copy me (firstname.lastname@example.org) on your signup e-mails to TumbleBooks, or let me know if your library is subscribing, as we would like to track the level of interest in this offer here at the State Library. There is the possibility of implementing an even better statewide pricing deal at a later time, if there is sufficient interest to warrant it.
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, 2017. For pricing and other details, consult the 2017_Multistate_GroupSpecial_WA.pdf flyer.
The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS), available in English and bilingual Spanish, for ages 2-8, and AfterSchool Edge, for ages 6-12, each offers more than 70 pre-loaded software titles with 4,000+ STREAM-aligned learning activities. AWE Learning’s products help build early literacy and school readiness skills, and are a perfect resource for enrichment, intervention, reinforcement, and homework help. Each product features engaging and interactive graphics, intuitive menus, usage tracking via the Customer Portal, and administrative functions. No Internet connection is required to use either of these products creating a safe learning environment for your early learners.
AWE Learning’s mission is to inspire an enthusiasm for learning by supporting school readiness and literacy in the community. Our turnkey learning products deliver award winning multi-curricular content through a safe environment to build a community learning hub. By offering content that spans all subject areas, young learners get exposure to multi-curricular content beginning at a young age.
View our compiled list of possible public library funding resources for purchasing AWE Learning digital learning stations. Additionally, AWE Learning offers free grant writing services to help you bring digital learning resources to your early learners. Learn more here and contact our grant writer for additional information.
Please contact Glenn Chapin or Ashley Whalen, your AWE Learning Representatives, if you have any questions or to request a demo or quote. Don’t forget to ask about AWE Learning’s new LiteracyGO Tablet, featuring 18 new STREAM titles, with more than 300 learning activities!
Consumer Reports Group Purchase
As of July, 2009, EBSCO has exclusive rights to market Consumer Reports to libraries, via the ConsumerReports.org 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).
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:
Infogroup | ReferenceUSA
Reference USA also offers training both for library staff, and for end users.
For more information contact Corey Rosenbaum. or visit http://www.referenceusa.com.
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:
- LYRASIS: LYRASIS has replaced BCR, but they don't offer a statewide membership like BCR did. See the LYRASIS eResources and Products page.
- The ORBIS/CASCADE Alliance: To purchase databases through ORBIS/CASCADE, non-member libraries pay a $800 bi-annual fee, plus $50 per database invoice. A list of electronic resources available through the Orbis/Cascade Alliance is available on their website here.
- WiLS (Wisconsin InterLibrary Services): will accept members from out of state. A list of vendors is available here.
- MCLS (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services); primarily MI and WI, but accepts out-of-state members, with no membership fee. A list of vendors is available here.
- MLNC (Missouri Library Network Corp.); Mainly MO, but accepts out of state members.
- Amigos Library Services; Serves mainly the Southwest region, but accepts members from anywhere.
- For K-12 schools, the Washington Learning Source, developed by the nine regional ESDs, provides a place for districts to choose products and services that meet their needs and create economic efficiencies through ESD collaboration and a regionally supported delivery model.
For more information on group database purchases through the Washington State Library, please contact:
Cooperative Projects Manager
Library Development Program, Washington State Library
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