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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1HJH16R0332527
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Wednesday April 20, 2016
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: EBSCO Industries Inc
Amount: An estimated $3,500,000
Renewal: 1st of 1, 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017
Pricing Changes: 
4% increase
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
The University has verified that these resources are still only available from this vendor.
Potential Future Renewals: None
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Monday July 13, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: EBSCO Industries Inc, Cary, IL
Amount: An estimated $3,300,000
An estimated start date of 7/23/2015 through 6/30/2016, 12 months
1 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: None
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Tuesday July 7, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Online Database Access to EBSCO Industries Inc, Cary, IL, for an estimated $3,300,000.
Online access to EBSCO databases for the subscription period July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 will allow continued access for current subscribers as well as new subscribers to these materials.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Some of the databases offered by EBSCO may be available through other consortia. However, if CARLI were to contract with another consortia for this content, CARLI members would be required to pay a higher price plus an administrative surcharge (3% - 5%). In addition, to participate in other consortial database offerings may require individual membership fees from institutions. Contracting directly with EBSCO Publishing will provide the lowest price possible to CARLI member libraries.

For additional information, contact:
Holly Highland
212 Illini Plaza
1817 S. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 300-8258
FAX: (217) 239-6877
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

July 8, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-036
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
July 3, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 1HJH16R0332527Part1.pdf (365 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1HJH16R0332527Part2.pdf (61 KB)