CRL Seeks Member Input on Model License Language

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Rob Van Rennes -

The CRL Licensing and Acquisitions Team seeks suggestions and input from members of the community on the CRL Model License. 

The current CRL Model Language, last updated nearly a decade ago, is overdue for a comprehensive revision. Updates are needed in many key areas, most notably for clauses concerning accessibility, DEI, whole book lending, and user privacy. Revising the model license will help strengthen and support our core values, provide guidance to the community, and create standardized language that can be used in consortial and local negotiations.

As CRL is responsible for negotiating agreements for both CRL and NERL members, the intent is to merge the two separate documents into one recommended model license. As both the CRL and NERL model licenses are based on the CDL model license and have many of the same clauses and similar wording, merging the two documents is relatively straightforward, as demonstrated in the current draft document.

View the Draft CRL Model License Language here, share with your colleagues, and provide any suggestions or input in the document by Wednesday, March 13th. 

After the comment period and once the revisions have been finalized, the new model license will be presented to the NERL Steering Committee and the CRL Board for approval.

Please contact Rob Van Rennes at with any questions.

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