July 25, 2009

Blackwell is delighted to announce it has been awarded the tender to supply Higher Education libraries throughout England. As one of the preferred suppliers, Blackwell will supply English language books, standing orders, eBooks, out of print and audio-visual materials to colleges and universities in the tender worth up to £35m per annum. Houtschild, the Dutch based bookseller who are part of the Blackwell Group, is also one of the preferred suppliers for European language material. Blackwell is in a unique position to deliver the complete book supply solution following the integration of its library supply and retail channels. Its expertise in both areas of the business will enable Blackwell to provide the very best service to the academic community.

Andrew Hutchings, Blackwell CEO says “Our success is a great achievement for Blackwell. We are now looking forward to building relationships with the individual libraries within the Joint Consortia.”

For further information about this release please contact Susannah Hobbs or Laura Overend on 01865 333000 or email susannah.hobbs@blackwell.co.uk / laura.overend@blackwell.co.uk

About Blackwell Ltd:

Blackwell is the leading provider of books and bibliographic support products to academic, research and leading public libraries throughout the world. It is the market leader in combining traditional bookselling expertise with the latest developments in library technology. Blackwell has offices in Oxford, the US, Australia and Houtschild in The Netherlands. Blackwell is also the leading academic bookseller in the UK with 44 shops across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country.