Visiting Researcher Program

At the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), we believe that collaboration and knowledge-sharing are essential to advancing innovative library services.

Our Visiting Researcher program offers support to OCUL members as they pursue a research project while on sabbatical from their home institution. 

Visiting Researcher positions are an arrangement between OCUL and the member’s home institution. These are typically one-year positions, requiring approximately 20% of the individual’s research leave time. OCUL provides in-kind contributions, such as staff time and technology access, to assist in gathering and disseminating research information and developing research outcomes of interest to OCUL members. OCUL also helps facilitate communication or coordination with partner organizations such as Canadian library consortia and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

There is no remuneration from OCUL for Visiting Researchers. The researcher’s home institution continues to pay their salary.

Researcher Eligibility

  • Must be based at an OCUL member institution.
  • Must have agreement from their library director for the Visiting Researcher arrangement as described above.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in French and English is an asset.

The merits of each application are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applications for 2025 OCUL Visiting Researchers will be available in fall 2024.


Please email questions about the OCUL Visiting Researcher program to ocul [at]

Past OCUL Visiting Researchers

2024 - Read the Announcement

  • Joanne Rumig (Carleton University)
  • Geoff Sinclair (Trent University)