Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries

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Brief Description: 

The Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) is a professional, non-profit making body which aims to assist and facilitate information access and use in Ethiopian higher learning and research institutes.

CEARL objectives are:

  • Take advantage of the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to encourage, coordinate and develop the educational, instructional and public information uses of library and information systems
  • Maintain and develop a formal working relationship between the members of the consortium in order to foster co-operation, collaboration and contact.
  • Support the information needs of clients through national co-operation, while encouraging each member to build good, basic and relevant collections sufficient to meet the needs of its clientele and act as a gateway for needs of clients.
  • Promote resource sharing; formulate appropriate collection development and acquisitions policies among members, and to explore ways of saving costs.
  • Improve information literacy among clients and to share training resources and expertise where appropriate.
  • Contribute towards the provision of information for the development of the country.


Principal Consortial Functions: 
Collections sharing
Electronic content licensing
Interlibrary loan/document delivery
Other Functions: 
Library automation and expertise sharing
Mailing Address: 
C/O Computer & Information Retrieval Centre Addis Ababa University Libraries P.O.Box 1176, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Generic Phone Number: 
+251 111239719 or +251 911242549
Staff Contacts: 
Mesfin Gezahegn, University Librarian & Consortium Chairperson, Tel: +251 111239719 or 251911242549, E-mail: and Solomon Mekonnen, E-resources Librarian & Consortium Coordinator, Tel: +251 910553922 , E-mail:
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