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Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries

The Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) is a professional, non-profit making body which aims to assist and facilitate information access and use in Ethiopian higher learning and research institutes.

CEARL objectives are:

  • Take advantage of the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to encourage, coordinate and develop the educational, instructional and public information uses of library and information systems
  • Maintain and develop a formal working relationship between the members of the consortium in order to foster co-operation, collaboration and contact.
  • Support the information needs of clients through national co-operation, while encouraging each member to build good, basic and relevant collections sufficient to meet the needs of its clientele and act as a gateway for needs of clients.
  • Promote resource sharing; formulate appropriate collection development and acquisitions policies among members, and to explore ways of saving costs.
  • Improve information literacy among clients and to share training resources and expertise where appropriate.
  • Contribute towards the provision of information for the development of the country.


Principal Consortial Functions
Collections sharing
Electronic content licensing
Interlibrary loan/document delivery
Other Functions
Library automation and expertise sharing