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Five College Libraries EBL Pilot Project

The year-long consortial patron-driven acquisition project offers a wide, uniform pool of eBook titles across the five campuses, with a single link to the eBook (rather than five separate links for the five campuses).   

Costs relate to use.  Short browses are free; longer browses, printing, and copying generate a short term loan of the book.  Five loans from a single campus trigger a purchase.  All titles offer unlimited simultaneous use for the short term loans.

The loans are paid for from a shared deposit account (based on the elevenths formula), with purchases paid for by the individual campuses.

5 College EBL Site


EBL Dashboards with library, user, subject, publisher, title and cost data.


Dashboards related to publisher short term loan price increases:  Updated June 2014

6 Months with Price Increase and $125 Limit

Trigger Scenarios for 5C and by Library

Cost Recalculations

Cost Recalculated with Projected Increases

EBL and Print Comparisons by Pubisher

EBL Collection by Publisher

Summary of Use by Title



Last Edited: 17 October 2014