The requirement is for the supply of purchased serial titles on subscription published primarily in North America, the UK, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Library’s total annual expenditure on the serials covered by this specification is anticipated to be in the region of £2,265,000 p.a.
The British Library cannot guarantee to maintain expenditure at any particular level for any single lot or combination of lots.
The material required comprises mainly research level journals and periodicals in primarily print or print plus e format. However, migration to electronic only will progress during the life of any contract.
The British Library is seeking a high-quality and cost-effective intermediary service for all categories of material. Suppliers must be able to provide efficient order processing, claiming and invoicing for a very wide range of serial publishers, from multinationals to those publishing single titles.
The serial subscriptions covered by this procurement break down into three lots:
Lot 1. Consolidation. Titles obtained at USA domestic prices where available, consolidated in the USA and then delivered to the British Library. The Library’s estimated total annual expenditure on the serials covered by this lot is £565,000 p.a.
Lot 2. Post direct UK, Eire, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Posted direct from the publisher to the British Library. The Library’s estimated total annual expenditure on the serials covered by this lot is £1,100,000 p.a.
Lot 3. Post direct Western European countries. Posted direct from the publisher to the British Library. The Library’s estimated total annual expenditure on the serials covered by this lot is £600,000 p.a.
Suppliers may tender for a single lot or any combination of lots.
The initial contract period for each lot is between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014 with an option to extend the contract on an annual basis for up to three further years.