Eira negotiates license agreements for electronic information resources on behalf of all hospital libraries within Sweden’s 21 county councils/regions, whose primary areas of responsibility are healthcare, dental care, and public transportation.
During the 1990s, print journals where gradually replaced by electronic ones. This opened up for the health professionals to have access to a wider range of scientific research. At the same time, the need to keep control of the increasing costs of e-journals and databases became essential.
To ensure equal and cost-effective access to scientific research, the Eira consortium was created – the Swedish hospital libraries in collaboration.
The primary aim of the Eira consortium is to negotiate a high quality and diverse, common knowledge base, on behalf of all county councils. The content is agreed in cooperation with the hospital libraries and mainly based on demand, user statistics and price. There are yearly negotiations with the publishers, resulting in both one-year and multi-year agreements.
The license costs are prorated among the members=county councils, based on the number of residents.