Canada's Largest Online eBook Collection

Over 20,000 e-books (fiction and non-fiction) and 75,000 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.

70,000+ documents
Largest Online eBook Collection

Always Free Content Previews dèsLibris is a database of Canadian monographs offering a rich selection of over 20,000 e-books.

Reasons to Subscribe

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.

More to come

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

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.

Read on your Tablet

Two new reader applications for libraries will be available soon.

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Collections Available

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

Currently over 70,000 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.

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

New titles are added regularly throught the year.

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

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

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To get a sense of the depth and breadth of dèsLibris , have a look at these sample searches. You might want to perform the same searches in your own library catalogue for a real comparison.

CEL's Canada 150 Collections

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

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