Information Retrieval Services

* * * Updated November 13, 1997 * * *

This request for proposal (RFP) is for acquisition of or access to commercial off-the-shelf electronic information retrieval services, including: online, CD-ROM, gateway, electronic journals and other electronic databases/publications, and document delivery services.

Vendors of appropriate services may submit proposals in response to this solicitation. Those who meet the requirements specified in the document and who are awarded a Basic Ordering Agreement by the Library of Congress may offer products and services through the FEDLINK program to federal libraries and other agencies of the US federal government.

The document outlines the scope of the program, requirements for submitting proposals, and terms under which LC/FEDLINK will conduct business with selected vendors. Contacts for further information are also provided. The solicitation is offered in WordPerfect 5.1 and MS Word 6/7 formats.

IMPORTANT: If you downloaded Solicitation 98-2 before November 12, 1997, please be sure to download a fresh copy of the Solicitation and the Amendment document (below). There were formatting and technical problems with the copies of the Solicitation posted before November 12; these have been corrected in the new copies below.

Download Instructions:

SHIFT-CLICK on the file you want, then use your browser's "Save As" function to save the file to your system. Once the file is saved to disk you can load it into your word processor. Please be sure to download all four files:

  1. the solicitation;
  2. amendment posted November 13, 1997;
  3. text of references in 98-2 to clauses in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR);
  4. questions asked and answered when this RFP was last issued in June 1997.

Be sure to download both the Solicitation document, and the Amendment document!
Word Perfect 5.1 versions: MS Word 6/7 versions:


Please direct questions about RFP 98-2 to the FEDLINK contracting officers at LC/Contracts & Logistics, (202) 707-0461.

Please direct technical questions or problems with downloading these files to

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