Canadian Electronic Library

Welcome to the Canadian Electronic Library

Canada's Largest Online eBook Collection

dèsLibris is a database of Canadian monographs offering a rich selection of over 16,000 e-books (fiction and non-fiction) and 50,000 public policy documents within the convenience of an online database. dèsLibris is IP-authenticated, so access for all users coming through a library portal, whether onsite or offsite, is straightforward.
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Add Canadian Content Affordably

With pricing geared to library population, desLibris provides thousands of titles for your library at just pennies per title.

Simple Implementation

Just place a link to desLibris on your e-Resources page. IP authentication removes any barriers to entry for library users, whether on or offsite.

No holds or reserves

All subscription titles are licensed for multiple simultaneous-user access, eliminating a common source of user frustration.

Customized control

Exposure or concealment of content is under library admin control.

Currency without added cost

New books and documents are added every day; over 10,000 new titles were added in the past year without additional charge to subscribers.

Discovery tools

MARC records and integration with third party tools provide added discovery

Open Access

desLibris provides a gateway to open access sources like Internet Archive and Open Library, with more to come.

Download for offline reading

The revolutionary new reader app for libraries from Library Simplified will be available for desLibris in early 2017.

More to come

Integration with individual library ebook sites and more open access content are on the horizon for 2017.

Documents Subscription

A curated collection of key public policy documents of lasting reference value from Canadian governments, think tanks, academic centres and advocacy groups.

Currently over 50,000 titles. Subscribing libraries can provide their users with fulltext online, plus the ability to download DRM-free PDFs for personal use. New documents are added on a regular basis.

See this link for the current collection.

Books Subscription

Over 16,000 titles from 90 of Canada’s leading scholarly and independent publishers.

New titles are added regularly throught the year.

See this link for the current collection.

Special Collections

Groups of titles from specialized publishers, including GreyHouse, Irwin Law and Ulysses Travel Guides.

See this link for the current collection.

Perpetual Access Licensing

Most copyright titles in desLibris are available for library licensing under perpetual access terms.

See this link for the current collection.

As a contribution to the Canada 150 celebration in 2017, we offer the following:

To add value for subscribers without additional cost, desLibris is now including books which are made available under Open Access license conditions. These include making the enhanced PDF and the original source files available to the public. The first of these is the series Canadian Forces Official Histories issued over a the period 1900 through 2007 by National Defense. For examples, see the volumes found here (English) and here (French.)

  • Governor General's Literary Award Winners 1936-2016
  • Donner Prize Winners 1998-2016
  • Giller Prizes Winners 1994-2016

Over 2,000 titles are included in these collections, and the following options are available:

  • Full MARC records supplied.
  • Every title is available for preview.
  • Every title includes a 'more detailed' frame with links to OCLC Worldcat, 49th Shelf and Publisher websites where titles are available for sale.
  • Title lists for any collection may be exported for personal use.
  • Where possible, Awards titles are available to read or download in full under content-owner licensing terms.
  • Public domain titles are available for full access under a Creative Commons license.

desLibris now provides a portal to “External Sources,” the first of which are Internet Archive and Open Library. External Sources are searched and results are displayed within the desLibris search interface. When individual titles are selected, the external source opens in a new browser tab.

The External Sources panel is available only to authenticated users so it does not appear on the public site. Where the function has been activated by the Library Administrator, logged-in users will see the External Sources panel on the Search page as shown below.

In addition, library administrators may now configure specialized databases as external sources to help users transfer searches from a desLibris reference to the database for extended research. For example, the CANLII caselaw database may be activated for law library users.

The Awards and Open Access Books collections are made available to libraries subscribing to the “Books on Subscription” service without additional charge.