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12th July 2017

NEPO Starts Market Consultation for Library Books Solution

NEPO has invited suppliers of library books to attend informal meetings with procuring officers and librarians in advance of the procurement of a new regional solution.

The NEPO solution for the provision of library books is about to be renewed with a start date of 1 April 2018. The solution will include adult fiction and non-fiction, teenage and young adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction and DVDs and we will also look into the feasibility of providing lots for large print books, talking and e-books and associated resources.

NEPO is procuring this solution on behalf of its Member Authorities in the North East: Durham County Council, Newcastle City Council, Darlington Borough Council , Gateshead Council, Stockton Borough Council, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Sunderland City Council, North Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Council. The solution will also be available for use by Associate Members based in the region.

The total value of the expiring contract over 4 years was approximately £5.4m.

NEPO undertakes market consultation prior to all procurement activity in order to gain a better understanding of supply markets. These meetings will feature discussion of the issues that impact on the current library market and consider future issues that may affect the delivery of the NEPO solution over the next four years.

Appointments are available on Wednesday 26 July, Thursday 27 July and Tuesday 1 August 2017 (all taking place in the Business and IP Centre, Newcastle City Library).

How to Register: Please visit to book your free appointment. (Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment).

You can read more about the Library Books solution at

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