University Education


University Education  (Scientific and Research Institutions)

Den Haag
Netherlands Periodicals Project - NPP
Kortenaerkade 11
2518 AX Den Haag
Tel:070 - 426 01 69
Fax:070 - 426 01 89

Mail address
PO box 29777
2502 LT The Hague

The Netherlands Periodicals Project, or the NPP, was launched in 1983 and has been managed by Nuffic ever since. The project is funded by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Many developing countries around the world are in desperate need of scientific literature. They cannot afford subscriptions to scientific journals and other periodicals. The purpose of the NPP is to help university libraries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build up their collections of scientific literature.

Surplus periodicals and books are donated by the libraries of Dutch universities, hospitals, companies and research institutes, as well as by private individuals. Most donations result when libraries merge or become pressed for space, or when individual researchers retire.

The NPP coordinator makes sure that the libraries overseas receive only relevant, useful materials. The project also operates a ‘delayed subscription’ service, which means that clients overseas are guaranteed the continued donation of certain periodicals.

To be eligible for the NPP, a university library abroad must be situated in one of the countries on which the Dutch government concentrates its development cooperation efforts.

The overseas participants in the NPP are mainly the libraries of higher education institutions and research institutes. So far more than 130 different institutions have received periodicals through the NPP.

There are also institutions in India which participate in this project. For example: - Cochin University of Science and Technology, University Library,
  Cochin 682 022, Kerala, attn:  Dr M.D. Baby
- Kristu Jayanti College, K. Narayanapura, Kothanur P.O., Hennur Main Road
  Bangalore - 560077, attn: Fr. Josekutty P.D.