The Council

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and is governed by the library directors of the institutional members and associate members of the COU.

The Ontario Council of University Libraries is supported by the Executive Committee, which consists of five officers elected from amongst the OCUL Directors.

Standing Committees

In addition, OCUL has three Standing Committees:

OCUL Planning and Assessment Committee (OCUL-PA)

OCUL Information Resources Committee  (OCUL-IR)

OCUL Scholars Portal Committee (OCUL-SP)

The Standing Committees are established to ensure continual involvement by all member institutions in strategic planning and operations for OCUL initiatives. These committees report semi-annually to the OCUL Directors and Standing Committee Chairs are appointed by the Executive Committee or the OCUL Directors.

Ad hoc working groups and taskforces 

On occasion the Council establishes ad hoc working groups and taskforces to fulfill specific task, projects or needs.

OCUL Communities

OCUL encourages the involvement of the wider OCUL community through a suite of OCUL Communities.
OCUL Communities have been established to:

  • Promote and encourage the advancement of services in OCUL member institutions,
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to particular services and areas of expertise,
  • Stay in touch with projects and innovations across member institutions and beyond, and
  • Seek opportunities to improve individual and shared infrastructure for exiting and emerging initiatives.

OCUL Office and Scholars Portal Operations Team

OCUL operations are supported by the Executive Director and OCUL Office staff.
OCUL operates a suite of technological infrastructure services, known as Scholars Portal, which support its member institutions. The University of Toronto Libraries is the service provider and is responsible on behalf of OCUL for the Scholars Portal services. OCUL has established a standing committee, OCUL Scholars Portal (OCUL-SP), to oversee its operations and development. The Scholars Portal Operations Team (SPOT) is lead by the Director, Scholars Portal Services.

Strategic Plan

OCUL and all of its groups are guided by the key principles outline in its Strategic Plan.

  • Collaborate to provide a world-class learning experience for Ontario’s students
  • Expand shared digital research infrastructure
  • Provide and preserve academic resources essential for teaching, learning and research


More information

Goverance FAQ
OCUL Directors
OCUL Executive Committee
OCUL Information Resources Committee
OCUL Planning and Assessment Committee
OCUL Scholars Portal Committee
OCUL Communities
OCUL Office Staff
Scholars Portal Operations Team
OCUL Strategic Plan