Systemwide Digital Library Content

California State University (CSU) is the largest university system in the country, with more than 427,000 students and 43,000 faculty and staff members on 23 campuses. CSU’s Systemwide Digital Library Content (SDLC) coordinates and manages contracting of electronic information resources (eResources)in support of CSU’s academic mission. SDLC is one of the most successful models for shared acquisition of electronic information in the nation. Established in 1989, and sponsored by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, SDLC (formerly SEIR) manages the SDLC consortium on behalf of its member libraries.  SDLC is focused on leveraging its substantial purchasing power to achieve economies of scales and to maximize the benefits received from its portfolio of eResouces to CSU’s faculty and students.
CSU’s Digital Library eResources:

  • Provides access to eResources – About 800 million searchable journal articles, dissertations, and other research data, with over 100 million available online in full-text.
  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 50 eResource agreements that governs licenses/subscriptions with hundreds of publishers, research institutions, and other academic eResource providers covering nearly 99,000 full text eJournals
  • CSU faculty, staff, and students have performed over 6 million searches and 5 million full-text downloads last year using systemwide discovery and access tools.   
  • Five of the top ten most visited websites hosted by the Chancellor’s Office are CSU library systems. 
  • $11.6 Million dollars in cost savings for the CSU institution  through its Cooperative Purchasing Strategy in 2011-12
  • estimated $4.8 Million dollars in cost avoidance for the CSU institution through its Shared Services Strategy in 2011-12