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Welcome to John Smith’s International Library Services and our book acquisition and bibliographic search service, BABEL.

BABEL has been specifically designed for today’s busy library and information specialist and combines an intuitive interface for ease of use, a powerful search engine to improve query response times and an extensive bibliographic database to provide you with a wide range of titles and bibliographic information.

Alongside BABEL, our customers and partners enjoy the benefits of dealing with a truly international organisation with a pedigree of academic book supply reaching back over 250 years. This ensures that you are dealing with experts in the field and also an organisation that is passionate about improving outcomes in tertiary education and that really understands the needs of today’s information specialist.

We routinely provide books and services to more than 50 countries which allows our partners to benefit from our considerable experience in international deliveries and reduced freight charges. We also provide local support and our regional and Country representatives are always on hand to assist.

With offices in 6 Countries and an extensive network or retail centres providing many partners with a greater range of options, John Smith International Library Services truly are the supplier of choice.



We offer an international library supply service with the benefit of local expertise, local knowledge and local stock.




We offer eBooks and digital content via the Kortext platform to institutions throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


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We work in partnership with leading e-content providers to deliver relevant and exciting digital content for libraries.


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