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, click here). Access to those titles are not dependant on your college purchasing an individual CEL subscription.

There are 3 CEL options:

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 

Consists of both desLibris Documents and desLibris Books.


desLibris (vendors's own platform)

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: 

The original OCLS-purchased collection records are available at

For individual college subscriptions, MARC records are available through desLibris:

MARC records available for download on a regular basis from CELArc, or you can create a standing order for monthly delivery. More info here: and here:

Usage Stats


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