EIFL in Ethiopia

EIFL has been working in Ethiopia since 2008. We supported the creation of the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL), and through this partnership, libraries in Ethiopia are providing access to a wide range of scholarly e-resources. EIFL agreements with publishers also allow authors in Ethiopia to publish in open access in hybrid or fully open access journals at waived or discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs).

EIFL supported the launch of the open access publishing platform, Ethiopian Journals Online, and advocated for setting up open access repositories and introducing open access policies at universities and research organizations. We provided a support service to librarians to raise awareness of library copyright issues, and to assist with copyright questions.

EIFL has also engaged with public libraries in Ethiopia, resulting in innovative pilot projects that are helping libraries meet the information needs of their communities.

Library Consortium Information

Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL)
Type of members:

Universities, Colleges and Research Institutions

EIFL-Licensed resources:

View the complete list of e-resources, technology products and Article Processing Charges that have been negotiated for members of CEARL. See the full list of all the journals that EIFL has negotiated terms for open access publishing for researchers in Ethiopia. For more information please contact the Licensing Coordinator in Ethiopia.


EIFL guest blog by Dr Solomon Mekonnen Tekle features in this article about Ethiopia’s new national open access policy
Feature about EIFL-supported OA projects in Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa
Five EIFL-PLIP grantees feature in this issue of Soul Beat Africa, which focuses on the role of public libraries in development.



EIFL started working in Ethiopia in 2008.


EIFL works with 64 institutions in Ethiopia through the library consortium.


Ethiopia was one of six countries included in a unique study into perceptions of public libraries in Africa, commissioned by EIFL in 2011.




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