Maximizing the effectiveness for license and purchase of scholarly electronic works.

We foster and support the educational and research missions of its member institutions by coordinating the best possible licensing terms and prices for electronic resources.

The NERL Consortium was formed in 1996 by 12 ARL member institutions for the purposes of collaborating on licensing of electronic content, purchase, and licensing of electronic content consistent with the member libraries’ missions to support higher education and research. Today, the consortium consists of a core group of 30 of the most research intensive institutions in North America as well as 110+ affiliate member institutions.

NERL’s Mission and Vision

Vision : A unified force for change in the national and international scholarly communications landscape, NERL will stimulate and incubate innovative and transformation approaches to the global dissemination of knowledge.

Mission: A national leader in negotiated licensing, NERL maximizes effective and sustainable access to content for its member institutions. By building and supporting alliances between higher education and the information industry, NERL serves as an advocate for the collective power and influence of academic libraries and their parent institutions.

Welcome to the New NERL Site

Welcome to the new NERL website! Since its inception in 1996 NERL has seen tremendous growth both in its membership and in the number of resources licensed. What started as a consortium of 12 core members negotiating for few resources has grown to a consortium of 30 core members in negotiation with scores of resource providers. To reflect this growth NERL is rebranding with a new logo, and a renewed mission and vision.

Working With NERL

NERL is concerned primarily with licensing online products and the deployment of online products and services. NERL’s primary objective is to obtain the best resources, license terms, and prices possible for our institutions and users.

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Interested in becoming an affiliate member of NERL?

For any questions concerning becoming an affiliate NERL institution, please contact the NERL office.