Cancellation Notice – Knovel Ebooks Subscription

Cancellation Notice – Knovel Ebooks Subscription

Title: Knovel E-Books Subscription
Cost: US$ 21,000 per year
Reasons for cancellation:
  • High cost with large annual price increases.
  • Book subscription rather than ownership model.
  • High degree of duplication of content already owned by Guelph in print (16%) or electronically (18%).
  • A substantial number of volumes include multiple editions of the same work, limiting their value.
  • Usage is modest.
Date access will cease: June 2018
Alternate resources: The library already owns many titles that are included in the Knovel subscription, notably e-books published by Elsevier and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Search the library catalogue (Primo) to locate alternate copies.
Replacements: With the savings realized by this cancellation, the library will replace a substantial number of titles with fully owned copies, particularly in the most affected disciplines: Food Science, Chemistry, and Environmental Science & Engineering. Please direct specific purchase requests to Paul St-Pierre, Collections librarian for the Sciences at
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pamela Jacobs, Head, Collections & Content at

General Criteria for Cancellation of Electronic Resources

The decision to cancel a resource is made only after considerable discussion and exploration of alternatives. In most cases, the criteria used to make a determination include one or more of the following:
Cost: The inflationary costs of scholarly information continue to rise annually. In addition, currency fluctuation have a large impact on the library budget, as a majority of scholarly resources are paid for in U.S. funds.
Overlap: Significant content overlap with other Library resources
Usage: Past usage of the resource by University of Guelph (including University of Guelph Humber) students, faculty and staff
Scholarly need: Alignment of a resource with the University’s curricular and research programs; the scholarly importance of the resource (its centrality to the discipline and to accreditation requirements); the library will prioritize keeping full-text (e.g. journal subscriptions) over indexes (e.g. BIOSIS, Communications Abstracts).

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