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.

TumbleBooks Cloud

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

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 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 or contact with your specific questions.

Please copy me ( 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.

SAGE/COSLA multi-state eBook program

This offer was not successful in Washington. Not enough libraries ultimately signed on for it to fly.

SAGE partnered with COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, i.e. state librarians) to create a new multi-state shared e-book program. Each state will select 15 titles from the list of those available under this offer. Libraries in each state will have access to ALL of the titles selected by every participating state. The titles are research or educational in nature. You will find reference, professional development, health titles, etc. 

The books are unlimited use, and are read online with no downloading necessary. Sage has a platform called Sage Knowledge which works like many other databases and e-book platforms. A state may select more than 15 titles, but that will cause that state's share of the cost to be correspondingly higher.

The cost per state will be calculated once the total is in place and will be broken out by population size to allow for varying budgets. The cost will vary depending on the population of a state and the number of states the participate. The goal will be to have the smaller states around $10,000 and the larger states around $20,000 with the other states falling around $15,000.

If libraries representing 10% of the population and enrollment FTE's that currently participate in the ProQuest contract elected to participate in this offer, the cost might be in the same ballpark range as what libraries now pay for the ProQuest contract. It is really impossible to guestimate any closer than that, given the uncertainties involved.

Access will be via username and password, although it should be possible for libraries with their own authentication systems to embed the username and password into a referring URL.

Why should Washington libraries be interested in this particular offer? What is the compelling advantage to libraries and the state? According to the vendor:

  1. It's a low risk way for all of your libraries to access some of the most relevant content and information pertaining to subjects such as Health Care, Environment, Politics, Urban Affairs that otherwise they couldn't afford on their own. 
  2. This initiative was created in conjunction with the state librarians. The program is exactly what was asked for, a multi-state shared offering of resources at a low cost.
  3. If this initiative is successful, it opens the doors for Washington and other participating States to use this framework for future multi-state agreements. This could help drive prices down and allow Washington and other states access to resources that might otherwise be too expensive.
  4. If this programs fails it could set back the opportunity and availability for multi-state cooperation in obtaining new resources.

If your library is interested in the possibility of participating in this offer, we need a tentative indication of interest by Friday, Dec. 5, which is the deadline for participation. Please look at the available titles, and send me a list of 10-20 titles that your library would find to be of interest.

Relevant Documents:

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

Updated information will be available soon (today's date: 9-22-2016)

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).

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

Reference USA also offers training both for library staff, and for end users.

For more information 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

Page last updated 9-22-2016

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