In order to enhance our access to electronic resources, Carleton Library is an active member of two major cooperative partnerships: the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), a consortium of the 21 academic libraries in the province; and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of 75 academic libraries across the country.

Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario's 21 university libraries. We collaborate on purchasing and subscriptions of scholarly resources, and work together on planning, advocacy, assessment, communication, and professional development among its members. Scholars Portal is the technological infrastructure that preserves and provides access to information resources collected and shared by OCUL.

Canadian Research & Knowledge Network (CRKN)

CRKN is made up of 81 institutions across Canada that include academic libraries and research institutions, two national libraries, and Canada’s largest public library system. They coordinate large-scale scholarly purchasing and subscriptions, and support digitization, access and preservation of Canadian heritage content.


Carleton Library is also a member of the following organizations:

Center for Research Libraries (CRL):

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and research libraries. CRL collects research materials not targeted by other North American research institutions. It regularly acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan. As a member, you can get long-term loans of much of their material.


HathiTrust is a digital repository of millions of books, serials, and other materials from research institutions and libraries from around the world.

HathiTrust offers libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content and offers expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning. Covers most subject areas and new material is added regularly.

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