Purpose – The paper intends to explore users’ opinion on use and practice of e-ShodhSindhu: Consortium for Higher Education e-Resources by the users’ i.e. library visitors in particular, of five member libraries of e-ShodhSindhu consortium namely Mizoram University (MZU); University of Delhi (DU); Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI); Central University of Haryana (CUH) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (JNU).
Design/methodology/approach – To accomplish the objectives of the study, users’ survey was conducted with the help of well structure questionnaire among the library visitors of member libraries (e-ShodhSindhu consortium) under study. The population includes in the study comprised 428 respondents in total selected through purposive sampling technique.
Findings – The paper discuss about the concept of consortia, its objectives, influential factors followed by benefits of consortia for libraries in general and usage of information through e-ShodhSindhu among the member libraries. The e-ShodhSindhu has emerged as the most important consortium ensuring access to variety of information to member libraries and users for teaching and research. At the end the study suggests the ways to strengthen and maximize the use of e-ShodhSindhu.
Research limitations/implications – The study is confined to users (library visitors) of Mizoram University (MZU); University of Delhi (DU); Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI); Central University of Haryana (CUH) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (JNU) with special reference to e-ShodhSindhu: Consortium for Higher Education e-Resources with regard to several issues such as its use, awareness, satisfaction level and preferred information format of the users.
Originality/value – The study is unique in its own way as e-ShodhSindhu has emerged as a result of merging three different consortia namely UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium, INDEST-AICTE Consortia and N-LIST, the study becomes imperative to study several issues such as usage, satisfaction and so on. The study explores users’ awareness and their opinion with regard to e-ShodhSindhu and its resources. In addition, paper also concludes with suggestions to strengthen and maximize the use of consortia in general and e-ShodhSindhu in particular.