Past VLDB Library Program (no long active)


The VLDB is a non-profit organization incorporated in the United States for the sole purpose of promoting and exchanging scholarly work in databases and related fields throughout the world. One of its vehicles for achieving its objectives is the sponsorship and support of the annual International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB Conference) and the dissemination of the presentations in the form of the VLDB Conference Proceedings. Another is the sponsorship of the quarterly VLDB Journal. All these are dedicated to high-quality research and development in computerised databases and database technology and practice, and the many related areas.

The VLDB Library Program

The VLDB Endowment recently initiated a VLDB support program for needy countries. The aim of this program is to provide libraries, who ordinarily would not be able to afford to subscribe to the VLDB Conference Proceedings and Journal, with this valuable material in order to support database research in developing countries. Countries that have been accepted to the program include: Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

Following in this document are the guidelines set for prospective libraries who want to participate in this program. Initially, in view of the expenses involved in providing past issues of VLDB publications and the large number of potential participants, there is a limit of one library per country which can receive the material. Any library wishing to receive the VLDB publications should, either directly or through a representative, apply in writing and provide the information listed below:

  1. Relevant details about the library including the name of a contact person and the address to which the VLDB material should be sent;
  2. A description of the local database research community;
  3. A confirmation that the library has adequate reproduction facilities so that users can make copies of VLDB articles and that this reproduction facility can be afforded by library users;
  4. A statement on the extent to which the proposed library could pay for the mailing costs of the VLDB Conference Proceedings and Journal in future years.

The letters should be sent directly to the address below, and the final approval for participation in the program will be made by a sub-committee of the VLDB Endowment Board. Applications are processed on a six monthly basis. We will then provide successful applicants with copies of both the Conference Proceedings and Journal as soon as possible.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to acknowledge the support of Morgan-Kaufmann, the publishers of the VLDB Conference Proceedings, and Springer Verlag, the publishers of the VLDB Journal, in making this program possible.

Applications are to be sent to:

to be announced