Tools and Resources for Licensing

CRL helps libraries make informed investments in commercially available databases by providing a variety of tools, webinars, and forums, including:

eDesiderata Platform

An interactive space for sharing information and independent perspectives on e-resources of interest to CRL libraries, and for tracking the status of e-resources available through CRL for member licensing. Includes CRL reviews, provider profiles, member comments, and information on current offers.

eDesiderata Forums

CRL’s annual eDesiderata Forums bring expert knowledge and insight to bear on the challenges of acquisition, licensing and enabling access to major databases, datasets, and data services for scholarly research. These virtual forums explore community interest in commercial and open access data sources, illuminate market practices and economics, and identify priorities for CRL and NERL licensing on behalf of member libraries.

To encourage real-time participation and discussion, recordings are not available for later access, but speakers' slides and summary reports are posted after the event.

Global Data Licensing Terms and Specifications

Assembled through community input, CRL provides model licensing terms and specifications for negotiating agreements for large global datasets in the areas of business, financial, and geospatial information. Comments are welcome and can be added to the current version.


The Liblicense project, offering an active discussion forum and other resources on licensing of databases and e-resources for scholars. A model license, extensively updated in consultation with numerous stakeholders, was posted on the Liblicense site in November 2014.


As a benefit of CRL membership, staff at CRL libraries have no-cost access to the new online review ccAdvisor, a collaboration between Choice and the Charleston Company publishing hundred of reviews and updated information on electronic resources. Together, CRL and ccAdvisor are working to provide trustworthy, actionable information on electronic scholarly resources and services. (CRL member libraries with questions about establishing access to ccAdvisor should contact Choice Customer Services )