Canadian Electronic Library (College Subscriptions)

All 24 colleges have perpetual access to the collections that were purchased by OCLS from 2011-2013 (for full details, see the "Canadian Electronic Library (OCLS-purchased content)" page). This page is related to the consortial offer for CEL which includes three options: desLibris Documents, desLibris Books, and desLibris Complete.

DesLibris Documents 

Previously known as the Canadian Documents Collection, this collection used to be available in two separate parts: the Canadian Public Policy Collection (CPPC) and the Canadian Health Research Collection (CHRC). From the vendor:

A curated collection of monographs from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life. This collection includes all titles in the former Canadian Electionic Library Public Policy and Health Research Collections, the latter of which covers monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research.

There are over 40,000 titles in the current combined collection to date, and the service provides 300-400 new current titles to subscribers every month. Beginning in 2016, new documents are added to the collection on at least a weekly basis, with key titles in the news appearing daily.

DesLibris Books 

From the vendor:

Over 90 independent Canadian publishers have to date made over 16,000 titles available for library use through subscription licensing, allowing for multiple concurrent users. Many volumes and series critical for the pursuit of Canadian studies are available here.

desLibris Books was once known as the "Publishers Collection." It is not a complete collection of all ebooks on desLibris (e.g. it does not include Ulysses Travel Guides Library, Irwin Law Collection, or the Grey House Directories Collection).

DesLibris Complete 

This collection consists of both desLibris Documents and desLibris Books.


From the vendor:

The entire catalogue of Canada’s leading independent legal publisher is available through the Canadian Electronic Library. Over 230 titles published from 1997 to date are currently included in the collection, and new titles and updated editions are added to the collection as they appear.



Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access
Content Types: 
eBooks, Government Documents, Monographs, Public Documents

Title Lists

Title lists can be downloaded from desLibris by filtering the index (Search page) by collection, changing the display to "List results," and clicking on the green "Export Title List/Order Form" button. See this annotated screenshot for details.

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

More information on obtaining MARC records is available at

The new delivery site for MARC records is Note that you will need login with your desLibris Admin account credentials.

Dynamic MARC record generation provides a record for every new Document title as it is released, so that there will be a 1:1 match between the MARC records and the documents in the online service. (A 1-2 month lag will continue to apply for Books, due to the extra time required to provide Full MARC.)

ebrary Delete File

The following delete file can be used by all current subscribers. It includes metadata for the complete Documents collection (2005-2017) and the 324 CPC and Irwin Law ebooks purchased for the colleges by OCLS.

Complete delete file for ebrary records (for use by current subscribers)

Usage Stats


Login to using your administrative credentials. On the Reports panel of the Library Dashboard, select Usage Reports. Further information may be found here: For assistance, please contact the vendor.