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Scottish Higher Education Digital Library



SHEDL aims through collaboration and combined purchasing power to achieve a shared digital library in Scotland with easier access to online content to support research and learning and teaching.

Led by the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), SHEDL is the first super-consortial purchasing scheme of its kind in the UK. It’s success, facilitated by JISC Collections, has provided the eighteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions, the National Library of Scotland, and National Museums Scotland with access to over 3,460 online journals and 39,000 ebooks from leading academic publishers. Collaborative procurement with the NHS NES was achieved with the publisher Karger.

Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) 

American Chemical Society (ACS) 41 titles

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 25 online and 50 conference titles

Brill: 197 titles including 6 OA journals

Cambridge University Press (CUP) 264 journal titles

Edinburgh University Press (EUP) 32 journal titles

IEEE: access for 12 institutions to journals & conferences

JoVE: General bundle of collections

Karger: 130 biomedical science journal titles

Oxford University Press (OUP) 222 journal titles

Sage: Premier Collections

Springer Ebooks and Journals: all English Langauge ebooks and 1933 journal titles

Web of Knowledge: All databases plus full archive


Following its launch in January 2009 SHEDL has quickly made an impact in eliminating differential access to journal content across the sector. It gives students access to a larger range and number of electronic journals and provides a better research infrastructure for Scotland’s universities, especially those initiatives that pool research and collaborate across institutions.

For more information on SHEDL, contact Gillian Daly, the SCURL Executive Officer.