Database purchasing

SJVLS cooperatively purchases access to databases and other online materials based on recommendations of its Electronic Resources Committee. Committee recommendations are normally reviewed at the January Administrative Council meeting when the tentative budget is under discussion. Purchases ultimately approved by Council begin in September or October.

SJVLS has scaled back group database purchases in recent years and limited purchasing to only those databases or services available to all members. The Califa Library Group provides discounts for databases and online materials to individual library systems, and SJVLS covers the annual Califa membership costs for all of its libraries. Most member libraries subscribe to additional resources beyond those provided through SJVLS. Follow the links below to the online resources web page for your SJVLS member library to access both System and locally provided resources.

Currently, SJVLS maintains system-wide subscriptions to Bibliotheca's Cloud Library collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, Gale's collection of general reference databases, Peterson's Test and Career Prep and Pronunciator/ProCitizen, language learning and citizenship preparation resources.

Current Database Trials

SJVLS may setup trials of various online services to evaluate their usefulness to the member libraries. Comments about trial databases should be directed to your member libraries.