About Us

The Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) was established in 2009 as a non-profit corporation to provide support for the Libraries  and Learning Resource Centres of Ontario’s 24 publicly funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. OCLS is funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

We provide a suite of centrally funded core services for the benefit of all 24 Ontario college libraries. Additionally, libraries may choose from a suite of opt-in services which are offered on a cost-recovery basis.

OCLS reports to a Board of Directors elected by the Committee of Presidents of the member colleges. The Heads, Libraries and Learning Resources (HLLR) group, comprised of the directors (or designates) of libraries and learning resources of each of the 24 colleges, serves as an advisory group to OCLS, and OCLS participates in HLLR meetings.

OCLS is an institutional member of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the American Library Association (ALA).

We acknowledge that the land on which OCLS’s offices are located is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.