Call for help! – House of Commons Library Subscription Review

At the House of Commons Library we are currently running a project to review all our subscriptions (hard copy journals, electronic journals, online services and corporate subscriptions). The main aim is to attempt to standardise usage data analysis across our various subscriptions, with the ultimate aim to create a cost per use matrix to aid our decision making. We have identified a number of challenges, such as:

  • Much of the usage data we collect comes direct from the suppliers and is not always directly comparable across services.
  • There is a reluctance from some suppliers to tailor usage stats to meet our needs, or it’s just not possible with the platforms they have.
  • It is difficult and time consuming to obtain usage data from publishers on our electronic journal usage.
  • We have little or no data on usage of hard copy journals.

The House of Commons Library are sure that these challenges are not just experienced by us. We would like to find out from you what your experience has been like in this area and what solutions you have used to help.

If you able to help, please follow this link to our questionnaire:

Your responses will be anonymous and will not be shared with anyone outside of the UK Parliament. The deadline is the 23rd April 2021. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss anything further.

Jennifer Davies ( & Lydia Cowling (