Bibsam Consortium

What is the Bibsam Consortium?

Since 1996 the National Library of Sweden negotiates license agreements for electronic information resources. This on behalf of the Swedish universities, university colleges, governmental agencies and research institutes. 85 different organisations participate in at least one of the agreements. This is called the Bibsam Consortium.

Since the Bibsam Consortium is not a legal body, the parties of an agreement are each individual organisation ("the Licensee"), and the vendor ("the Licensor").  A power of attorney from participating organisations allows the National Librarian to sign the agreements.

The National Library of Sweden has six members of staff dedicated to negotiate and administrate the 40 license agreements for approximately 100 e-resource packages. These include agreements with scholarly journal publishers as well as abstract and indexing databases, reference works, and e-books. The turnover is 33 million EUR (2017), and the 10 largest Universities account for 73 % of the turnover.

Six representatives (library directors and a vice-chancellor as chairperson) from the participating organisations form the Bibsam Consortium Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is focusing on developing strategies and overall principles regarding negotiations, price models, and content.

Selection criteria of e-resources

The selection of e-resources is based on the following criteria:

  • Should meet the demands of the participating organisations (e.g. a number of organisations must be interested in the e-resource offered)
  • The vendor should have exclusive rights to the licensed material
  • Offers must include both financial and administrative savings for participating organisations and provide favorable terms of usage
  • Price models should be transparent (e. g. FTE-based)
  • The license terms must be in agreement with the Bibsam Consortium's fundamental principles


For more information, please contact Britt-Marie Wideberg, Head of Licensing, Bibsam Consortium. / +46 10 709 36 60


Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-21
Innehållsansvar: Britt-Marie Wideberg, e-post:


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