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Library Resources:  Goods, Services & Associated Technologies LB284

Local Buy works collaboratively with the Queensland Public Libraries Association (QPLA) and Libraries directly throughout the State, to provide a comprehensive and value-adding Register of Pre-Qualified Supplier panel arrangement.  The arrangement meets the legislative requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 and Financial Regulations 2012, therefore streamlining procurement solutions and processes for Queensland and Northern Territory council library Purchasers.  Other organisations may also  access and procure from this arrangement and these are listed under Item 11, Schedule A, General Conditions of Contract.  

The arrangement commence on 18 November 2020 for term of two (2)  years with two (2) optional extensions of 12 months each;  both extensions have been exercised and the contract will expire on 17 November 2024.  Prior to the expiry of this arrangement, Local Buy will advertise the release of a new tender to ensure a smooth transition to a new arrangement.  

Due to the many variables and market dynamics of the Library industry, this arrangement allows Purchasers to access goods and services from a panel of providers pre-qualified under a diverse range of categories and then issue Requests for Quotations (RFQ’s) inclusive of technical specifications.   The categories cover the lifecycle of library goods, value-added services (physical processing and cataloguing) processing material up to and including to the point that they are delivered as shelf ready, stock selection and other relevant services such as RFID Technology.

This procurement process reduces costs for both local government and the library suppliers by saving time and the cost of open market tendering.   

Local Buy seeks to secure commercially competitive and robust rates that reflect the potential aggregation of Queensland and Northern Territory councils.  Consistent with Clause 40 of the General Conditions of Contract, a supplier shall ensure that the prices offered and invoiced to Purchasers are its best and most competitive prices.   

Local Buy has an ongoing agreement with QPLA whereby a quarter of the management fees earned from this Library Resources LB284 arrangement are returned to the Association.

This funding enables the QPLA Committee to continue to undertake professional development and conference events each year, which subsidise attendance for selected Queensland public library staff that would otherwise be unable to attend the events, and to fund the QPLA Biennial Research Scholarship.

When purchasing through this arrangement, please ensure the Library Resources:  Goods, Services & Associated Technology LB284 contract name and number is quoted to confirm the terms and conditions of contract and the relevant pricing schedule.  The panel of pre-qualified suppliers have been awarded by specific category – please refer to the Local Buy website for further information or contact us on:

Telephone:  07 3000 2115 or enquiry@localbuy.net.au


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Dylan Slade
Category Officer
dslade@localbuy.net.au    Phone: 07 3155 4164


Liz Macfarlan
Customer Relationship Manager- South Queensland
emacfarlan@localbuy.net.au    Mobile: 0455 066 829

Audrey Dobell
Customer Relationship Manager- North Queensland
adobell@localbuy.net.au   Mobile: 0476 819 963