Greater Western Library Alliance

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 39 research libraries located across the United States (see Map and Member Roster). GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.

The activities and collaborative projects of the Alliance expand access to quality information both within and beyond the boundaries of the consortium. The highly skilled staffs of its member libraries capitalize on new technologies, to forge effective and meaningful partnerships, and to promote innovation and excellence.

Our common interests intersect in programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education. GWLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered in Missouri, headquartered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with staff offices also located in Phoenix.