Monographs from Canadian publishers
organized for the digital library

See CELS's new ebook model for libraries

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Realizing the Digital Library Vision

The online library is generating considerable excitement in the library world because it offers access to a rich body of authoritative copyright material that goes beyond the "unmediated" nature of the worldwide web. This access is universal and perpetual, available equally to all library users in a system or institution, regardless of location. Any item in the collection is available to all users simultaneously, and sophisticated search tools allow for quick location of items of interest. Users may move easily between material on all media (text, audio, video) and local collections may be integrated with published sources.

Canada's Largest Online eBook Collection

To bring Canadian books and monographs into this environment, Gibson Library Connections launched the Canadian Electronic Library in 2005.

As of March 2013, the Canadian Electronic Library has released over 50,000 Canadian monographs to libraries (of which over 16,000 are current in-copyright titles from 65 Canadian publishers), making the service Canada's largest collection of online books for libraries. The service is in use in every university in Canada. 

The primary collections in CEL are:

Canadian Publishers Collection
Canadian Public Policy Collection
Canadian Health Research Collection

Subscribe to these affordable, growing collections with simultaneous, multi-user access and supplement with individual, premium titles purchases.

Titles may be ordered through ebrary’s Book Ordering Platform (eBOP) or select resellers and book vendors, including YBP, Ambassador, Swets and Matthews.

Free MARC records and usage statistics are provided along with powerful user interface features for efficient information retrieval, discovery, and management,