Swets wins three year deal to supply periodicals to UK Houses of Parliament


June 20, 2013 - Leiden, The Netherlands and London, United Kingdom Swets is pleased to announce that, following a competitive procurement process pursuant to the Public Procurement Directives, it has recently signed a three year contract with the UK Houses of Parliament for the supply and delivery of periodicals to both Houses. Together, the House of Commons Library and the House of Lords Library, acquire and maintain an extensive, significant collection of periodicals and this contract  will see Swets responsible for the ordering, delivery and online access of all such material.

“We are immensely proud to serve such a revered institution as the Houses of Parliament,” said Robert Jacobs, Swets’ Commercial Director for UK & Ireland. “Swets has firmly established itself as the leading provider of information solutions for a range of organizations, across many sectors. Our experience in facilitating the acquisition, delivery and online access of large volumes of information, in varying published formats, will play a key role in addressing the needs of both Houses.”

Steve Wise, Director of Information Management in the House of Commons Library said, “In its tender approach, Swets demonstrated a clear understanding of the requirements of both Houses, strong processes for handling claims; a comprehensive subscription management solution which was easy to use and came with a strong training offering.”

The Houses will use Swets’ sophisticated online procurement and content management platform, SwetsWise, to monitor and maintain all purchases and to simplify the acquisition process across both libraries. The libraries will also roll out the SwetsWise Online Content module to all users, providing them with a single interface through which to gain seamless, direct access to the libraries’ e journals, ensuring users get access to the content they need, whenever they need it.

This agreement sees Swets now the chosen periodicals supplier for the UK, Scottish and European Parliaments and further demonstrates the company’s ability to create customized information solutions for its customers, in whichever sector they operate. Further information on Swets’ full range of Content Management Services can be found at www.swets.com


Swets is the global market leader in managing professional information. It develops and delivers services that enable the use of knowledge to its full extent. From more than twenty offices around the world it actively serves clients and publishers in over 160 countries. The company’s active role in today’s complex information marketplace has been regularly awarded by E-Content Magazine in their annual “100 Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry.” It is the only information agent to be ISO 9001:2008 certified on a global basis, a standard which affirms the company’s stringent operation and client service procedures. For more information on Swets see our website, watch our videos or follow us on Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the Houses of Parliament Libraries
The House of Commons Library is part of the Department of Information Services which supports the House, its committees, individual Members and their staff through the provision of research and analysis, and information services.  All work for individual Members is provided in support of their parliamentary duties. 

The House of Lords Library is part of the Department of Information Services in the House of Lords, together with the Parliamentary Archives and the Information Office.  It delivers research, reference and loans services to Members in support of the legislative and deliberative functions of the House.

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