Elsevier signs agreement with The John Rylands University Library at The University of Manchester

Deal brings UK university expanded scientific and medical information.

Amsterdam, 2 December 2004 - Elsevier announced the signing of an agreement for the provision of vital scientific and medical information. The agreement provides the 30,000-strong customer community - composed of university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff - with complete access to 40 Major Reference Works and 4 Book Series packages, covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including such titles as Encyclopedia of Energy, Encyclopedia of Geology, Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, Treatise on Geochemistry, Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and the International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Science

Furthermore, the contract also contains the standard Elsevier “walk-in” provision, which permits all UK citizens coming to libraries for scientific and medical information access to content covered under the agreement.

The agreement provides The University of Manchester user community with access to the Major Reference Works and Book Series via ScienceDirect. Reference Works offer definitive reviews of their fields, via authoritative, validated content, edited by international teams of experts. The scope of these works ranges from the detailed, exhaustive coverage of specialist areas to the broad-based succinct overviews in the Encyclopedias. Via ScienceDirect, extensive browsing and advanced searching is possible across subject, thematic, alphabetical, author and cited author indexes, as well as internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy.

"We are proud to support The John Rylands University Library at The University of Manchester in its goal of becoming a research powerhouse and providing the best research materials available to their communities,'' said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Elsevier’s Managing Director for Sales, Science & Technology, Elsevier.

''As part of our strategy to provide our researchers with quality electronic resources, I am pleased we have negotiated this deal with Elsevier as it further extends our portfolio of electronic materials,” said Dr. Diana Leitch, Deputy University Librarian at The John Rylands University Library at The University of Manchester. 

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About The University of Manchester and The John Rylands University Library
The University of Manchester is one of the UK's largest universities. Formed from the unification of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester on 1 October 2004, the new university is currently investing over £300 million in innovation, research and cutting edge technology.

The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) is the third largest university library in the UK with 4 million printed items, 1 million manuscripts and the most extensive range of electronic information resources of any UK HE library. Currently it is providing to its users over 20,000 electronic journals, c.400,000 electronic books published between the 15th Century and the 21st Century and a vast range of reference works and databases in every discipline researched or taught at The University of Manchester. It has a long standing reputation for innovation, leadership and experimentation in the electronic world through the work of the staff at its two predecessor libraries, the John Rylands University Library of Manchester (JRULM) and the Joule Library at UMIST.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).