RFQ SJVLS 20-004: General Purpose Database Package


The San Joaquin Valley Library System (SJVLS) seeks quotations from qualified vendors to provide subscription online indexing and abstracts to periodical and reference databases with graphical and full-text access covering a broad range of disciplines for the public library audience. These disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • General Business
  • Current events and social issues
  • Educational resources (K-14 level)
  • Consumer Health
  • History (general interest and K-14 level)
  • Consumer Legal
  • Literature (general interest and K-14 level)
  • Magazine and newspaper articles
  • Science (general interest and K-14 level)
  • General interest Spanish language resources

SJVLS also seeks quotes for specialized databases for

  • Do-it-yourself automotive maintenance and repair
  • Reader’s advisory


SJVLS serves the public library systems of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, and Tulare Counties, and the city/district libraries of Coalinga-Huron, Porterville, and Tulare. In all, SJVLS represents 10 library jurisdictions and 110 individual library locations including large urban, medium city/suburban, and small, isolated rural libraries. [Map of branch locations]

SJVLS attempts to provide the member libraries with services that can be performed more economically as a consortium than as individual libraries. Current consortium databases include full text periodical databases, full-text reference book articles, newspapers and specialty resources for researchers and small businesses. See the Scope of Work section for details of the resources sought.

Vendor Teleconference Instructions

A Vendor Teleconference is scheduled on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1:30 PM PST.

Bidders are invited to participate in the teleconference by calling (712) 451-0200. Use access code 490349# to join the conference.

Notes from Vendor Teleconference

Request Interpretations or Corrections

Closing Instructions

All submissions must be received by the date and time indicated as the Closing Date in the Key Dates section below. Proposals and quotes should be submitted to:
San Joaquin Valley Library System
2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721


RFQ Issue Date: November 13, 2019
Vendor Teleconference:

November 22, 2019 at 1:30 PM PST

Deadline for Requests for Interpretations or Corrections of RFQ: December 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM PST
Response to Questions Posted: December 4, 2019
RFQ Closing Date: December 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM PST
Vendor Presentations: January 8-16, 2020
(exact date and location to be arranged)
Trial Access to Database Package: December 19, 2019 - January 31, 2020

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Notes from Vendor Teleconference

Responses to Clarification Requests