Books to be Donated to University Libraries in Developing World

Amsterdam, April 4, 2005 - Elsevier, a world leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical publications, announced today that it will donate books to 10 university libraries in the developing world in celebration of the House of Elzevir’s 425th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the modern Elsevier company.

In celebration of its rich history, Elsevier has launched the global book donation program entitled A Book in Your Name. As part of this program, each of the 6,700 Elsevier employees worldwide has been invited to select one of 10 libraries in developing countries to receive a book donated by Elsevier. Elsevier employees designed every aspect of the program; from selecting the beneficiary libraries, with the input of an advisory panel of distinguished librarians, to developing the core gift collection of the company’s most important and widely used scientific, technical and medical (STM) publications.

Through A Book in Your Name, the 10 libraries will receive approximately 700 books at a retail value of approximately 1 million US dollars.

Tony McSean, Director of Library Relations at Elsevier, said: “Many of our textbooks and reference works form the bedrock of science, technology and medical teaching. So inviting all our people to choose a recipient library is a wonderful way to get everyone personally engaged in our common commitment to the science, technology and medical communities in the countries with greatest need. The program also vividly makes the point that good books are a key element in capacity building: they have tremendous value for future scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals. In practical terms the program will make a transformational difference to some very under-resourced libraries.”

Professor Lenny Rhine, of the University of Florida Health Sciences Libraries, one of the experts advising Elsevier on the choice of libraries, said of the program, “This donation will represent a huge addition to the individual collections of these libraries. It is good to know that these books will be working very hard indeed as soon as they touch the shelves - the faculty and students will quickly begin to utilize these new resources.”

The 10 beneficiary libraries are located in Africa, South America and Asia. They include the Library of the Sciences of the University of Sierra Leone; the library of the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the library of the College of Medicine of the University of Malawi; and the libraries of the University of Zambia, Universite? du Mali, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique; Makerere University, Uganda; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala; and the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Information (NACESTI), Vietnam.

“For some time our university has been facing a shortage of reading and reference materials,” said Dr. Alli Mcharazo, Head Librarian at the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. “I am overjoyed that Elsevier is donating medical and health books to our library.”

Each recipient library will receive a core collection of books representing essential Elsevier titles. The titles, among the best-known and most influential currently published by Elsevier, include essential textbooks and reference books in disciplines from medicine, nursing, allied health fields, life sciences, earth sciences, agriculture and more. Specific examples include Gray’s Anatomy, Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Essential Medical Physiology, Cecil Essentials of Medicine, Mosby’s Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary, The Vaccine Book, Fundamentals of Neuroscience, and Myles’ Textbook for Midwives, among many others.

Elsevier has made other significant contributions to ensuring that universities in emerging countries have access to peer-reviewed research. Through HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative), a program of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, Elsevier provides institutions in developing countries free access to key health research journals. Similarly, with AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), offered by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, Elsevier gives students, researchers, and academics in developing countries access to scientific information for free.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.


Marike Westra

Tel: +31-20-485-2736

Karlyn Messinger

Tel: + 215 238 2216