May 22, 2022

Oregon St. University Libraries, Portland State University Library, and University of Oregon Libraries Initiate Negotiations With Elsevier

From Oregon. St. University Library:

Oregon State University Libraries, Portland State University Library, and the University of Oregon Libraries are entering into contract negotiations with Elsevier for journal access in 2023, and for up to three years beyond that. For the sake of transparency, we want to reach out to our respective campuses to provide you with the goals we hope to achieve with this renewal cycle.


all three institutions would like to reduce our spend with Elsevier by half of the current amounts paid by each institution. We are interested in obtaining a concession that would allow articles published by authors at each institution to be converted from closed to open access. We will be asking Elsevier to remove any limitations on inter-library lending (ILL). We will seek concessions that ensure end-users’ identifiable account information is not utilized inappropriately, and we will seek removal of any language that does not allow us to openly disclose the contract we have negotiated.

Direct to Announcement and Letter Sent to Campus Communities

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