Strategic Plan

The OCUL Way

OCUL is a collective of Ontario academic libraries who together, contribute to the success of learners and researchers across Ontario through innovative and equitable library services.

OCUL advances research, teaching, and learning by collaborating at scale in the development and delivery of innovative and transformative services, resources, and digital research infrastructure for Ontario's universities. 

OCUL is a key partner in a transforming teaching, learning, and research environment that surpasses the expectations of students, faculty, and staff across Ontario.

Core Principles

These values guide our decisions and actions and are woven through everything that we do. 

1. Advancing research

OCUL expands the breadth and depth of research resources and services available to member institutions.  We seek out innovative strategies for preserving and curating research resources. We advance open access to scholarship.

2. Advancing teaching and learning

OCUL develops and delivers robust, user-centred and sustainable services to support the academic success of students and faculty at Ontario universities. By working together, we build capacity across member institutions.

3. Advancing academic libraries as leaders in social change and inclusivity

OCUL is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and values different ways of knowing. We respectfully build and deliver services, resources, spaces and research that support these intentions.

4. Developing and supporting robust infrastructure

OCUL enhances the technological infrastructure and staff expertise required to support the evolution of teaching, research, and learning.

5. Demonstrating value

OCUL advances the efforts of Ontario’s academic libraries to transform scholarship and revolutionize the delivery of library services and resources by modeling both an evidence-based approach to its practices and a strong focus on communicating value.


Three-Year Plan (2022-2025)

During the next three years, OCUL will focus on the following strategic priorities:

  • Supporting Indigenous Reconciliation
  • Expansion of our Shared Resources and Infrastructure
  • Supporting Hybrid and Flexible Learning

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