May 23, 2022

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries Decides Not to Renew Elsevier Package of 2000 E-Journals

UPDATE April 20, 2020 Interview with Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, About Changes Made to UNC’s Contract with Elsevier (via The Daily Tar Heel)


From UNC University Libraries Announcement by Provost Bob Blouin and University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks:

We are writing to let you know that, despite more than a year of sustained negotiations, the publisher Elsevier has failed to provide an affordable path for UNC-Chapel Hill to renew our bundled package of approximately 2,000 e-journal titles. As a result, we will not renew this package when it expires on April 30, 2020. Instead, the University Libraries will subscribe to a much smaller set of individual Elsevier titles.

You can find the new list of subscribed titles online at


The University Libraries is committed to providing you access to Elsevier content through both new and existing channels. All members of the Carolina community may use the following services at no charge:

  1. 24-hour document delivery via Interlibrary Loan – The University Libraries’ ILL service will provide access to journal articles within 24 hours, delivered directly to your email.
  2. Two- to four- hour expedited document delivery service – For faculty and graduate students who need faster access, the Libraries has implemented an expedited delivery service that will freely deliver articles in two to four hours, even outside of business hours.

Read the Complete Announcement

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