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.