Omni: A new discovery and search tool for the library

Omni launch delayed

In January 2020, the Library will be launching a new search tool. This work is happening as part of OCUL's Collaborative Futures, an initiative to implement a library services platform (LSP) that will be shared by 14 university libraries across Ontario.

Today it was announced that the new system will be called Omni.

Initially, you will be able to use Omni to search across all the print and electronic resources provided by the Library here at Carleton. Later next year we will be enhancing Omni even further so that you will be able to search and borrow print materials from the other libraries that are part of Collaborative Futures.

Below is the full press release from OCUL on the unveiling of the Omni name.

For more information on what will change with Omni, see: Overview of changes coming to library search tools in December.

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.



Introducing Omni : A New Academic Search Tool from 14 Ontario University Libraries

October 30, 2019
[For immediate release]

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Omni, an academic search tool that connects the libraries of 14 of Ontario’s universities. Omni goes live on December 10th, 2019.

An outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures initiative, Omni is powered by the skills and expertise of team members from 14 Ontario university libraries.  Omni users will experience fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources, enabling them to confidently develop new insights in their areas of study and succeed in their research goals.

Omni brings OCUL’s mission to life: advancing research, teaching, and learning by collaborating at scale. By sharing expertise at university libraries across Ontario, Omni partners will provide users with efficient access to information in every field of study, and ensure the ongoing sustainability of a comprehensive collection of shared resources. Regardless of location, field of study, institution size, language, or device, users will have seamless, consistent, and intuitive access to quality resources.

“I am thrilled that we are working together to enable research and learning across the province with extensive and consistent access to library materials,” says Joy Kirchner, OCUL Chair and Dean of Libraries at York University. “Omni will both support a robust scholarly community in Ontario, and help our library staff develop meaningful connections with colleagues.”

“OCUL has a long history of collaborating and sharing our resources,” says Pascal Calarco, Chair of the Collaborative Futures Steering Committee and University Librarian at the University of Windsor. “Omni brings that tradition forward into 2020, providing the students of today and tomorrow with the vast array of resources and intuitive online experience they’ve come to expect in their research.”

The Omni brand reflects the expansive scope of resources available to its users, as well as the continuous collaboration that drives its success. Omni will go live on December 10, 2019; additional services will follow in 2020. Omni employs Ex Libris’s Alma library software system and Primo VE discovery system. 

Look for the launch of Omni at one of the participating university libraries:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

For more information about Omni, visit: 

For questions or feedback about Omni, please contact


About OCUL

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries that was established more than 50 years ago. The consortium, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing, a shared infrastructure for digital information, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. Omni is the latest example of how OCUL works together to the benefit of Ontario’s university community. For more information about OCUL, see 

Contact: John Barnett, OCUL Executive Director, (416) 946-0578,