May 19, 2022

eBooks: Ontario Council of University Libraries is Licensing University Press Scholarship Online & Oxford Scholarship Online From Oxford U. Press

From Today’s Announcement:

Oxford University Press (OUP) is partnering with YBP Library Services in a three-year agreement with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) for the delivery of scholarly, monographic content via its University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) eBook program.

This partnership will help the participating Ontario university libraries streamline their collections management of Oxford University Press content with other collections purchasing activities.  The unlimited use eBook access for participating institutions will be available to students, faculty, and researchers through OCUL’s Scholars Portal Books platform and the UPSO platforms.

“This agreement between OCUL and OUP provides participating institutions with a wealth of scholarly digital content,” explains OCUL Executive Director, Kathy Scardellato. As a consortium, OCUL’s 21 member libraries leverage their joint resources to negotiate, purchase and steward an impressive collection of electronic resources. “With YBP Library Services as a partner, OCUL member libraries will have a single place to get an integrated picture of purchasing activities on an individual and consortial basis. This sort of partnership strongly supports the OCUL collaborative endeavor and its goal of building world-class digital library services for Ontario’s university community.”


The mission of the project is to ensure that users’ needs for eBooks can be served in a cost-effective, shared way that will be a model of sustainability, cost savings, and workflow efficiencies across the libraries.  Integration with YBP Library Services allows for de-duplication across print and digital formats in accordance with existing collection development strategies used by the libraries.

See Also: OCUL Membership List

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