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 subscriptions/purchases made by the colleges subsequent to OCLS's purchases.

From the vendor:

A subscription to desLibris provides students with access to a rich source of curated and relevant primary source material at the price of pennies per title.

  • Hot Topics: Review desLibris with respect to Canadian subjects in the news.
  • Publisher Lists: Scan the publishers and think tanks represented in desLibris
  • PA purchase discounts: Books from Canadian publishers priced in CAD. Delivered instantly to library subscribers with a further 10% discount.
  • Discovery Services: The desLibris feed is available through Primo, Ebsco and Worldcat
DesLibris Complete

desLibris Complete is a combination of the following subcollections:

  • The desLibris Documents collection, previously known as the Canadian Documents Collection, which itself used to be available in two separate parts: the Canadian Public Policy Collection (CPPC) and the Canadian Health Research Collection (CHRC)
  • The desLibris Books collection (previously known as the Publishers Collection)

The subcollections are no longer available for independent subscription. For more information about desLibris Complete, please visit the vendor's website.

desLibris Complete is not a complete collection of all desLibris Content. Irwin Law, Ulysses Travel Guides, Scholarly Press, and House of Anansi content is all via separate subscription.

Irwin Law

Irwin Law has announced that, as of September 2021, vLex is their new exclusive hosting service provider. What this means for our consortial pricing and for access to current holdings (subscription content as well as perpetual ownership titles) is uncertain. OCLS is in conversation with Irwin Law and CEL and will provide more information when it’s available. Updates will be shared on the eResources listserv.

From the vendor:

The entire catalogue of Canada’s leading independent legal publisher is available through the Canadian Electronic Library. Over 270 titles published from 1997 to date are included in the collection, and new titles and updated editions are added to the collection as they appear.



Discovery Layer Indexing

For details, see "Discovery Services" in the desLibris Library Administrators' Guide.

Search Results Configuration

By default, desLibris is configured to include all desLibris content in the search results, regardless of access level. A content preview is provided rather than full text when a user clicks on an item their library does not have access to. Libraries may change this configuration in the desLibris Administration module. For more information, see "Filtering user access and views" in the desLibris Library Administrators' Guide.

History on ebrary

CEL was originally accessed through ProQuest's ebrary platform. In July of 2016, CEL launched their own platform, desLibris. CEL was removed from ProQuest's database when ProQuest migrated from ebrary to Ebook Central in 2017.

LMS Integration

Not compatible with the IMS LTI standard.

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

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

To download MARC records, login to using your administrative credentials. See the vendor's MARC Delivery Services and About desLibris MARC pages for more information. For assistance, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.

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


To access usage stats, login to using your administrative credentials. For more information, see the vendor's Usage Reports page. For assistance, please contact the vendor. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directroy in ERMA.