New Scholars Portal Books Platform Now Live

  • Posted on: 3 July 2018
  • By: Anika

Scholars Portal is pleased to announce the full release of the Scholars Portal Books platform, now live at All users who accessed the legacy platform now have access to their complete holdings on the new site, including ACE collections and those available to users outside Ontario.

All previously bookmarked links will redirect to the new platform, and all previously administered ACE tokens will continue to function.

Highlights of the new platform include:

  • Smooth HTML page scrolling with a more consistent display across different types of books
  • Use of a fully harmonized metadata standard, BITS, which allows for significantly improved browsing and searching across facets
  • In-browser concurrent use monitoring, so that use of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is no longer required. Users will still have the option to use ADE if they’d like to keep a book beyond one reading session.

Additionally, we’ve launched the SP Admin Tool, where staff can view up-to-date title lists, entitlements, and usage statistics in the browser. 

The Scholars Portal Books redevelopment is the result of a two year New Initiatives Fund grant  from the Ontario Council of University Libraries, representing all 21 Ontario universities. The platform has been re-written from the ground-up in house at Scholars Portal, with staff at many OCUL schools contributing at every step along the way. You can read more about the release timeline here:

Questions about the platform? Email books [at]