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Jisc eCollections for Higher Education Institutions

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Full Description

JISC eCollections is a value-for-money service that integrates access to a range of high quality archives, managed by the community, for the community, for the long term.

We have purchased, on behalf of our member institutions, over £15 million worth of high quality journal, book and multimedia archives in perpetuity. Currently member institutions access this content on a range of different platforms, many of which are not managed by JISC Collections.

Accessing these archives on multiple platforms can be confusing for users, and presents additional administrative effort for librarians. Some of the archive owners charge annual access fees, over which we have limited control, and future delivery depends on the ongoing sustainability of a number of different publishers and platform providers.

We have developed our new JISC eCollections service to consolidate and host the archives we have licensed on your behalf. JISC eCollections enables all member institutions to offer their users a world-class collection, a virtual library of thousands of journals, historical books, images, films and sounds. JISC eCollections comprises of three platforms:

JISC Journal Archives

More than 3.75 million articles from the archives of over 450 journals of major publishers and societies – Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, The Royal Society of Chemistry.

JISC Historic Books

The full text of over 350,000 books published in Great Britain from 1475-1900 including over 65,000 19th Century books.

JISC MediaHub

Over 500,000 multimedia items including more than 3,600 hours of film and over 50,000 images from NewsFilm Online, Film & Sound Online and the new Digital Images for Education archive.

Community management: as part of the academic community, we will solicit service feedback and work with the JISC eCollections advisory boards to develop, expand and preserve the service in line with the long-term expectations and needs of members.

For the long term: with your help, JISC eCollections can become self-sustaining, thereby guaranteeing lasting availability for the community.

Value for money: A single service fee supports the hosting and ongoing development of all three of the platforms within JISC eCollections.  Service fees for 2011, 2012 and 2013 have been set and depend on institution type and band.

Simple, integrated interfaces: each platform will provide consistency and enable cross-searching across multiple archives, making it easier for all users to find and use valuable content.

Full administrative feature set: including UK Access Management Federation, COUNTER statistics and inbound OpenURLlinking for text content, and training support.

In short, JISC eCollections will give you control of your content.


  • The service fee covers access to all three platforms and are pro-rated.
  • Please note that institutions that wish to access the Restricted Medical Collections will need to complete the declaration form.