The Central NY Library Resources Council supports libraries in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida & Onondaga counties and advocates for libraries everywhere!

        CLRC supports access to electronic database vendors for region libraries. CLRC works with database vendors and consolidators to offer many electronic resources to libraries in the Central New York Region. Some database subscriptions are supported in full or in part by grants through CLRC. Other databases are offered to subscribing libraries at reduced rates through these regional or statewide contracts. The following vendors offer many titles from a variety of database publishers for any CLRC member library or member of a school or public library system which is a member of CLRC.


        NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) provides the citizens of New York State with free online access to full-text articles, books and newspapers. NOVEL is funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program through the New York State Library. Any library in New York State which is a member of a New York State library system, including CLRC, may directly register to offer access to the NOVEL databases for their customers.
        The databases include information for business, health and medicine, general science, history, and general information newspapers and journals. The current list of available databases can be found at the New York State Library NOVEL web site. Use the web site to find out more about registration, statistics, and frequently asked questions.
        The NOVEL Help Desk toll-free phone number is 877/277-0250. The phone is staffed by New York State Library database specialists, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Help Desk can also be contacted by email.

Encyclopedia Britannica

        Britannica Online is available to all public, school, academic, and non-profit libraries.
        Other products available from Britannica include Britannica Online School Edition, Britannica’s Original Sources, Annals of American History Online, Enciclopedia Universal en Espanol, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged Online, and World Data Analyst.
To participate, please contact Debby Emerson.

FirstSearch Base Package

        FirstSearch is available free for any library in a system in the Central New York Region. FirstSearch is supported through a CLRC Regional Automation Grant. The “Route 13″ FirstSearch subscription also includes libraries in th e Southeastern and South Central regions.
        The FirstSearch databases include WorldCat, and other OCLC databases such as ArticleFirst, ContentsFirst, NetFirst, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, and Union Lists of Serials. Other useful citation databases include ERIC, GPO, and Medline.
        If you need to verify a FirstSearch authorization or request a new authorization, contact Déirdre Joyce at CLRC 315/446-5446.


        Access to the backfiles of local newspapers is available at a subsidized price for any CLRC member library or member of a school or public library system which is a member of CLRC. The subsidy comes from a Regional Automation Grant.
        The newspapers included in this subscription include the Syracuse Post Standard (and Herald American and Herald Journal), 1986- , the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1999-, and The Utica Observer / Dispatch, 1999-.
        CLRC member libraries should contact Déirdre Joyce at CLRC 315/446-5446 for information and pricing

NY OGS – New York Office of General Services

        Some databases are offered on “New York State Contract.” For each vendor, price lists are included with the advice “prices outlined are maximum not to exceed prices. Contract users are encouraged to negotiate best and fin al pricing. Contract users should also note the volume aggregate discounts that apply to these contracts are listed in the terms and conditions document.”
        You can find links to the contracts for specific vendors in the Electronic Online Database Services section.
        For each vendor, the following information is summarized: Title, Contract Period, Group, Award No., Contract Type, Use of Contracts, Procurement Officer, Date of Issue, Date of Last Update, Description.
        Additional links provide more in-depth access to: Contractor Information, Prices and Pricing Information, Contract Specifics, How To Use This Contract, and Customer Assistance.
    To order contact the database vendor directly and inquire about purchasing under the New York State Contract.