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Academic institutions can now access Cambridge University Press ebook collections via an evidence based acquisition (EBA) model.

Under this model, institutions are given access to an extensive online collection of books published by Cambridge University Press and our publishing partners, before making decisions about which titles to buy access to in perpetuity. The evidence to support decision making is supplied in the form of usage reports, indicating which titles are the most popular within the institution during the trial period.

Under an EBA model, you can choose to access the full collection of ebooks or a subject-specific collection – with broad lists in humanities, social sciences and science, technology and medicine. 

Already taken up an EBA with Cambridge? Read our new leaflet- how to make the most of your EBA


Why choose EBA?


EBA has several advantages over other ebook collection purchasing models, not least because it allows institutional libraries – which have expertise in managing acquisition – to play a key role in selecting resources. EBA also opens up a wider selection of titles to the reader, and enables purchasing decisions to be matched precisely to end-user preference.

Newly published titles may be added to the chosen collection on a monthly basis during the trial, if agreed as part of the EBA deal. Ebooks from our partner publishers – including Edinburgh University Press and the Mathematical Association of America – are also included. You can see a full list of our partner publishers here.

All of the collections are hosted on Cambridge Core.


How it works

Step 1: Payment
  • Institutions can choose either trial access to all Cambridge University Press and partner publishers' titles or selected subject collections for either six or 12 months.
  • We will mutually agree a payment that takes into account the number of titles involved and expected usage. Payment needs to be made before access is opened up.

Step 2: Full access
  • Access is opened and usage is measured to help inform purchasing decisions.
  • Throughout the EBA project, our administration team will send over usage statistics and details of newly added content every month (where applicable).


Step 3: Decision
  • Under a 12-month EBA project, ebook purchases are decided and made perpetual within 30 days of the end of the project. Libraries are given usage data to inform their decisions, which is then analysed with purchase choices made within the library.
  • After the agreement has ended, institutions are able to make additional payments, if they wish to purchase further titles in perpetuity. They can also request to begin another EBA trial under the same or a different content model.

Further information

UK academic institutions can now access an EBA model agreed through Jisc Collections. You can read more about the Jisc EBA model here.

For academic institutions outside the UK, more details on the EBA model can be found here.

If you'd like to know more about EBA, please get in touch by contacting your usual Cambridge representative, or by emailing us at the relevant address below.

Americas: online@cambridge.org
Rest of the World: library.sales@cambridge.org