Core Collection & Group Purchasing


The Bowen Central Library of Appalachia has a core collection of more than 100,000 ebook titles, which could be estimated to be the equivalent of 120,000 volumes or more in print format.  In addition, the BCLA has also purchased or subscribes to several collections listed below and used by all member institutions (these links do not provide access to the database):

ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Early Encounters in North America
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Gale Virtual Reference Library 
JSTOR Arts and Sciences I-IV
NetLibrary Solinet Collections I-IX & Classic Literature Collection
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Music Online
Polling the Nations

Springer (ebooks)
Statesman’s Yearbook
Wiley Interscience (ebooks)


Beyond the Core Collection listed above, the BCLA also provides ebook collections and databases through group purchasing.  The BCLA constantly strives to seek out new options for group purchasing that will benefit as many member institutions as possible.