Canadian Electronic Library (OCLS-purchased content)

The Canadian Electronic Library (CEL) collection consists of four resources:

  • Canadian Health Research Collection (CHRC) (all titles from 2005 to 2013; unlimited users)
  • Canadian Public Policy Collection (CPPC) (all titles from 2005 to 2013; unlimited users)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection (CPC) (199 titles; 4 user licence)
  • Irwin Law (125 titles; 4 user licence)

CHRC and CPPC were subsequently merged into a single collection called the Documents collection.

All colleges have perpetual access to these collections. A hosting fee was introduced in 2019, but discontinued in 2020, so as of 2021 all colleges have unlimited user access to this content again.

About Irwin Law (9 Aug 2021)

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.



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, Government Documents

MARC Records

MARC Records: 
desLibris records 324 CPC and Irwin Law ebooks  
desLibris records for documents collection from 2005-2013 (includes CHRC and CPPC collections)  
Complete delete file for ebrary records (for use by colleges who have not subscribed to their own CEL content)  

Usage Stats

Individual Stats

Login to using your administrative credentials. On the Reports panel of the Library Dashboard, select Usage Reports. Further information may be found on the vendor's website. For assistance, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.

Consortial Stats

Usage statistics for the CEL collection are generally provided annually. As they are sorted by college, this information may assist in planning future purchasing decisions.

Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2012  
Jan. to Dec. 2013  
Jan. to Aug. 2014  
Jan. to Dec. 2015