Crescent Purchasing Consortium Library Resources Framework

Crescent Purchasing Consortium Library Resources Framework

The framework has been split is split into 4 Lots as follows: Lot 1 – Library Books and Associated Services;
Lot 2 – Library E-Books and Associated Services.

United Kingdom-Salford: Library books

2016/S 109-194911

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Crescent Purchasing Consortium
Technology House, Lissadel Street
For the attention of: Keeley Blackburn
M6 6AP Salford
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1619740945

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from:The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

CPC Member Institutions and North West Universities Purchasing Consortim (NWUPC)

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Library Resources Framework Agreement.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 11 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

CPC intends to put a framework agreement in place with suitable suppliers for the supply of Library Resources.
The framework will include the provision of books, e-books, journals / periodicals, e-journals, audio books, audio summaries, library discovery services and associated services to CPC members.
This is a re-tender of our Library Resources framework which was originally let in April 2012 and spend through the existing framework from May 2012 to April 2016 was just in excess of 11 000 000 GBP.
We expect this level of business to be maintained however there is no guaranteed expenditure on this agreement. The competitiveness, level of service offered and marketing effort in the resulting Agreements will be a large factor in determining how many Institutions support the contract. CPC are looking for Suppliers who will actively promote and market the agreement.
The purpose of this framework agreement is to give EU cover and allow CPC members and other bodies to purchase at a substantial and demonstrable discount relative to the marketplace throughout the term of the framework agreement. The framework terms should apply to all eligible users of the framework agreement.
The estimated framework value is about 11 000 000 GBP over a 4 year period and the framework has been split is split into 4 Lots as follows:
Lot 1 — Library Books and Associated Services;
Lot 2 — Library E-Books and Associated Services;
Lot 3 — Journals / Periodicals, E-Journals and Associated Services;
Lot 4 — Library Discovery Services.
It is a requirement of the Tender that the selected supplier(s) extend the terms to all eligible Institutions and Consortia, as defined by the CPC including further education colleges/institutions, universities, sixth forms, academies, schools, museums and other similar organisations.
The tender is also available for Higher Education institutions via our colleagues in other Consortia. As per our joint contracting programme other bodies that could potentially be interested in accessing the agreement include NWUPC (North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium). CPC reserves the right during the period of this agreement to make additions to or subtractions from the list of participating Institutions and Consortia. The right is also reserved to negotiate the inclusion of other users who are outside the main scope of this Framework Agreement.
Current member details are available per region from the following link:

Future members of the CPC will be from the education sector, the majority of whom will be on the open access EduBase public portal:

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

22113000, 79995000, 48161000, 22200000, 92511000, 48160000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See Invitation to Tender Document.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 6.7.2016 – 17:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.7.2016 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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