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Product Highlights

Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries, publishers, and funders, Portico preserves e-journals, e-books, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.

The Archive

The Portico archive is a centralized repository of tens of thousands of e-journals, e-books, and other electronic content, replicated to ensure security. Content comes into the archive under formal preservation agreements with publishers. Content providers submit source files to Portico, and Portico repackages these source files into an archival format and provides long-term archival management and format migration as needed. Portico's approach is driven by commitment to meeting clear preservation goals.

Depending on the delivery formats created by the publisher using these files, capturing source files enables Portico to deliver both high-quality HTML and PDF versions of the content. Different than using a publisher's website, the exact look and feel of the HTML rendition and publishers' value-added features such as e-commerce functions and personalization are not included in the preserved version. A standard look and feel is applied.

Portico choses to create a "dark" archive to focus its efforts on securing and preserving large volumes of content important to libraries and their users; however, it is not exclusively dark. Participating libraries experience the archive as a "light" or accessible archive in two ways: auditing the archive to ensure we are prepared to support eventual use and accessing of content that has been made available as the result of a "trigger event" or post-cancellation access claim.


There are no trials available for Portico. However, you can request preview access so you can evaluate Portico's archiving service's ability to deliver a usable, authentic, discoverable, and accessible content set when needed.

Minitex Pricing

Libraries participating in Portico from the Minitex region receive a 5% reduction in their Annual Archive Support payment. The Annual Archive Support payment is based on a library's total library materials expenditure. Portico uses the definition of LME provided by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to determine libraries' Annual Archive Support payments.

License Agreements (Terms & Conditions)

All customers wishing to participate in Portico must complete the Portico Journal Archive License.

How to Order or Renew

Orders and renewals, payment of the Annual Archive Support, are done directly through Portico. Determine your Annual Archive Support Payment, and complete the license agreement. Send two signed originals (one signed copy will be returned to you for your records) to:

Portico Outreach & Participation Services
149 Fifth Avenue
8th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-358-6415
Fax: 212-358-6499

Technical Support

You may obtain help by using any of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 877-422-4022 (U.S.) or 734-887-7087
  • Contact Us Form: Choose "Support" from the "Inquiry type" drop-down menu and fill in the entries on Portico's Contact Us webform.


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Contact Information

Minitex Contact

Cooperative Purchasing & Electronic Resources Services (CPERS)
Wilson Library, Room 60
309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Toll Free: 800-462-5348
Phone: 612-624-4002
Fax: 612-625-3569

Vendor Contact

Phone: 609-986-2276 (participation); 734-887-7087 (user support)
Toll Free: 877-422-4022


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