News & Events

Ontario University Libraries openly release over seven decades of historical public opinion polls and guide

In advancement of library open access and collaborative stewardship of digital data in Canada, Ontario university libraries are pleased to announce the release of over seven decades of important public opinion data to the broader academic community and the public.

10/22/2018 - 11:54

Leslie Weir honoured with OCUL Lifetime Achievement Award

Toronto, October 17, 2018 –  The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to recognize the leadership and exemplary career achievements of Leslie Weir through the OCUL Lifetime Achievement Award.

10/17/2018 - 14:01

Scholars Portal Day 2018: Investing in Inclusiveness - Registration now open

Friday, December 7th, 2018
Snell Hall – St. James Cathedral Centre
65 Church Street, Toronto

Diversity, accessibility, and equity are more than buzzwords: as public institutions, they should be the cornerstones of all that we do. This year, the theme for Scholars Portal Day is Investing in Inclusiveness. Join the conversation about how we can sustainably design and build our services, collections, and spaces, both digital and in-person, with inclusion at the core.

For more information as it becomes available visit:

10/16/2018 - 13:02

Webinar: Back to School with Scholars Portal

Wednesday, September 5th, 2PM  

Join staff from Scholars Portal in this one-hour webinar to learn what’s new and what’s upcoming with Scholars Portal services, including the new and improved Scholars Portal Books platform, the Permafrost digital preservation service, the public opinion poll collection on odesi, and new developments with Dataverse.  

08/22/2018 - 11:19

Accessible Content ePortal Reaches 15,000 Titles

This week, the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service passed a major milestone.

07/31/2018 - 11:07

Three collaborative projects receive 2017 OCUL Outstanding Contribution Award

July 19, 2018, Toronto, Ontario - The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 OCUL Outstanding Contribution Award.

07/19/2018 - 13:54

OCUL Collaborative Futures to move forward with Ex Libris Alma and Primo


Toronto, Ontario – July 12, 2018. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the selection of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, as the core platforms for its Collaborative Futures initiative. Thirteen of OCUL’s 21 member institutions are now participating in Collaborative Futures and, upon implementation, will use a consortial instance of Alma and Primo to meet the changing research needs of their students, faculty, and staff. The University of Windsor, an OCUL member already using these Ex Libris’ solutions, will also be joining the initiative.

07/12/2018 - 12:10

New Scholars Portal Books Platform Now Live

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.

07/03/2018 - 16:41

New Collection: D-Day, Other Second World War Maps Available on GeoPortal

Scholars Portal and members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Geo Community are pleased to announce the release of a collection of Second World War military maps via Scholars GeoPortal, a shared geospatial data repository.

06/06/2018 - 11:20

Scholars Portal Annual Report Released

Over the past year Scholars Portal has been busy building new services and renewing platforms, supporting research, teaching and learning activities and fostering partnerships with OCUL member libraries and colleagues around Canada. These activities are outlined in the latest Scholars Portal Annual Report, now available on the OCUL website.

06/04/2018 - 10:11

Scholars Portal Services Unavailable Canada Day

Scholars Portal Services Unavailable Canada Day
Due to an upcoming planned power shutdown at the University of Toronto, ALL Scholars Portal services will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, June 30th at 5pm until Sunday, July 1st at 5pm.

05/25/2018 - 12:39

Webinar: OCUL Communities Lightning Talks on Collaboration

June 5th from 11am-12pm
Join colleagues across the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) for a webinar tour of our communities of practice. Get some insight into the work they have been doing over the past year, and the conversations they have been contributing to across Ontario and beyond.

05/24/2018 - 14:17

Permafrost Digital Preservation Service: Call for Subscribers

OCUL is pleased to announce that the Permafrost hosted digital preservation service is set to become Scholars Portal’s newest subscription-based service.

05/17/2018 - 15:16

New Scholars Portal Books platform now live!

Scholars Portal is pleased to announce the public beta release of the new Scholars Portal Books platform, now available at

05/14/2018 - 17:10

New Open Access Resource: PsycCRITIQUES Archive

Scholars Portal is pleased to announce that the archive of PsycCRITIQUES is now fully available as an Open Access resource on the Scholars Portal Journals platform. 

04/30/2018 - 14:33


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