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General Information on Library Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia

Establishing a Consortium of Health Libraries (PDF document) - Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) FACT SHEET

“Library Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia (LNCCs): A Definitional Study and Survey” - The American Library Association (ALA), Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

  • includes searchable database
  • Directory Search - LNCCs in the USA

Coalitions of Library Consortia

Consortia Canada

International Coalition of Library Consortia

Examples of Documents from Library Consortia

The following list is based in part on Bernie Sloan's Library Consortia Documents Online and the AMICAL consortium's list of Consortial Governance, Planning and Organization Documents. The list was moved here with the hope that other colleagues might collaborate in keeping it up to date.

Consortial Memoranda of Understanding

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) - Memorandum of Understanding & Membership Agreement

Copeter - Consortium agreement for library co-operation in St. Petersburg

- MS Word document

  • Co-operative management of electronic document provision in St. Petersburg (Russia).

Delaware Library Catalog - Memorandum of Understanding (.pdf version)

MOBIUS - Memorandum of Understanding

Orbis Cascade Alliance - Memorandum of Understanding

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) - Memorandum of Understanding

Consortial Bylaws

Bluegrass Medical Libraries Bylaws

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) - Bylaws

Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) - Bylaws

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Bylaws or PDF document

Consortium of South Eastern Law Libraries - Articles of Incorporation

Houston Area Research Library Consortium - By-Laws

Iowa Private Academic Library Consortium (IPAL) - By-Laws

Lincoln Trail Library System - Bylaws

Metropolitan Library System (MLS) - By-laws

  • Illinois (formed by merger of Chicago Multitype Library System and the Suburban Library System)

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) - Bylaws

Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) (PDF document)

  • OCLC Regional Network for the state of Missouri

Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (PDF document)

  • Midwest Collaborative for Library Services


  • Missouri academic libraries

Orbis Cascade Alliance Bylaws

Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange (SWITCH) Bylaws (Word document)

Suburban Library System (SLS) By-laws

  • No longer in use; SLS now part of MLS (Illinois)

Utah Health Sciences Library Consortium - Bylaws

  • or PDF document

West Tennessee Academic Library Consortium (WTALC) - Constitution & Bylaws

Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) - Bylaws (PDF document)

Consortial Resource Sharing Agreements & Guidelines

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) (PDF document) - I-Share Library Resource Sharing Code

RLG Shares - RLG Partnership prerequisite

TUG Libraries Lending Policy - TriUniversity Group of Libraries (TUG)

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) - Resource Sharing Committee; includes Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

Consortial Missions, Visions & Overviews

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) - Vision, Mission and Values

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) - Mission Statement

MOBIUS - Mission Statement

LYRASIS - Our Vision

  • LYRASIS was formed via the merger of PALINET (Mid-Atlantic region of the USA), SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network) and NELINET (New England Library Network) in April 2009

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) - About VIVA, including its Mission Statement

Consortial Organization

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) - Organization

Consortial Strategic Plans

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) - Strategic Plan 2008-2011

Consortium of South Eastern Law Libraries - Strategic Plan

Councial of Australian University Libraries (CAUL) Electronic Information Resources Committee (CEIRC) - Strategic Directions and other documents

Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) - Strategic Plan for 2006-2010

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) (PDF document - Strategic Plan 2009-2014

Orbis Cascade Alliance - Strategic Agenda