The Importance of Library Subscriptions
The probity of scholars in any research institution is linked to the caliber of their access to top quality journals and UMass Lowell is no exception. It is the mission of the Library to ensure this access while simultaneously maintaining high quality and good value for the University.
Subscriptions make it possible for students and faculty to use very large, flexible databases to carry out focused research. The scale of the work involved in the creation and management of even one of these databases is enormous, which helps to explain their apparently high cost. The following pages contain a breakdown of these costs, as well as the rate of use of the subscription material.