About JCS

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Our mission | What we do | Our history | Our team

Our mission

At JCS, we believe that it is vital for Schools, Public Libraries and Further and Higher Education Institutions to have convenient and affordable access to a wide range of high quality e-resources...and our mission is to make this possible.

What we do

We save our customers money on e-resource subscriptions:

  • We negotiate with publishers on behalf of Schools worldwide, and Further Education Colleges and Public Libraries in the UK, to achieve the best possible pricing for an expanding range of high quality e-resources.
  • We negotiate even higher discounts for regional "buying groups" of Schools and Public Libraries.

We save our customers time:

We provide excellent service and support: 

  • Our friendly and efficient team pride themselves on providing exceptional service to our customers and partner organisations.
  • We have excellent contacts with publishers' support teams, so can resolve any problems quickly and efficiently.

We promote awareness of the importance of information literacy and using trusted sources:

  • We run events and information literacy training workshops - click here for details.
  • We work closely with key organisations such as Schools Library Services, the School Library Association, and the CILIP Library Groups.
  • We are also invited to speak on a regular basis at librarian conferences and meetings.

Our history

The JCS story goes back to 2008 when Becta (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) funded an innovative initiative to develop a centralised subscription service which would enable Primary and Secondary Schools to benefit from collective purchasing of online resources.

The initiative, known as JISC Collections for Schools, was a great success and, due to ongoing demand for trusted e-resources at specially negotiated prices, Project Director Joyce Martin launched JCS Online Resources when Becta closed in 2010.

At the start, JCS Online Resources offered 13 online resources from 9 publishers to UK Schools. Since then, we are delighted to have been able to expand our product range and the sectors with which we work:

  • Our portfolio of products has more than doubled - as has our team!
  • We now work with 13 publishers, and additional publishers contact us regularly.
  • In addition to UK Schools, we now offer online resources to Schools worldwide, and to Further Education Colleges and Public Libraries in the UK.
  • We also offer Findmypast to Higher Education Institutions.

We are based in Oxford, UK and you can find out more about our team, and how to contact us, here.