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The "Bayern-Konsortium" (Bavarian consortium) is an alliance of libraries with the aim of purchasing licenses for the use of databases, electronic journals and e-books collectively. The group of potential participants includes the university libraries, the libraries of universities of applied science, the state-funded regional libraries as well as the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which is at the same time responsible for centrally conducting negotiations in close cooperation with the participating libraries.
The Bavarian consortium also cooperates with libraries outside Bavaria and is represented in the supra-regional consortia organization (  GASCO = German Austrian Swiss Consortia Organisation) by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
On behalf of the Bavarian consortium members the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acts as the central administrator of the Electronic Journals Library (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek - EZB) for the electronic journals covered by consortium agreements.