The Ontario College Library Service (OCLS) delivers efficient, reliable services to the province’s 24 publicly funded colleges and their libraries and learning resource centres. OCLS’s core services are provided at no additional cost to the colleges; the opt-in services are available on a cost recovery basis for those libraries that choose to participate. OCLS leverages the collective purchasing power of the colleges to achieve cost efficiencies for the college libraries and works closely with representatives from the college libraries to support the delivery of library services for students, faculty, and staff.

Core Services provided by ocls

Colleges Union Catalogue & Collect

The development and maintenance of a publicly accessible, shared catalogue of the college libraries’ collections as well as a digital repository.

Contract Management

Providing Contract Management for procurement agreements with key library service providers in the areas of materials selection, acquisition, and cataloguing.

eResources Management

Negotiating, licensing, and managing electronic resources such as databases and other digital content, both as a consortial body and on behalf of individual college libraries.


Facilitating forward-thinking research projects on topics of interest to the college libraries.

Opt-in Services PROVIDED BY OCLS

ACE (Accessible Content E-portal)

Providing colleges with access to ACE, the Accessible Content E-Portal, a growing repository of accessible format texts.

askON Virtual Reference

Managing a real-time chat & SMS research and information service.


Assisting college library users in determining what they can and cannot do with their licensed eresources.

CORe (Colleges’ Objects Repository)

Hosting a repository platform for participating colleges to upload, describe, preserve, and make available the digital objects of their library and institution.

Federated Search

Assisting with the procurement and licensing of discovery layers, link resolvers, and other such tools which facilitate access to library resources.

Professional Services

Providing custom services to assist college libraries with projects that are outside of OCLS’s usual scope of work.

Remote Access (RA)

Enabling authenticated off-campus users to securely access colleges’ online resources.

SirsiDynix Consortium

Supporting and manage the centrally hosted SirsiDynix Integrated Library System (ILS) for colleges who are members of the consortium.

Other Services

Other services that OCLS provides or has provided to the Ontario college libraries.

Skills Database

Video on Demand (VoD)