December 2017

New Subscriptions for Individuals

CEL Now offers Subscriptions to Individuals and Companies for the Documents Collection and more.

Flexible Subscription Options

  • Monthly options without commitment
  • Discounted Yearly Options
  • Starts at $10 / month

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50% Off New Documents Subscriptions

October 2017

Personalize documents with Stick It!

Stick-it is a way of personalizing an Open Access ebook or Public Document for registered account holders. While these are often freely available online, and desLibris shows source url to account holders as part of our services, sometimes the document is moved or removed from the original source site.

Stick-it offers these additional advantages:

  • Access to the Title on eReaders
  • Reliable Access to the Title
  • Access to Full Text within desLibris
  • Personal Annotations
  • Personal Bookmarks
  • Download a Watermarked version the PDF

Contribute to the Document Collection

As a subscriber to desLibris Documents, you now have the option of adding public documents we may have missed for inclusion into the document collection for everyone's benefit.

Although free to subscribers this feature must be requested from our support team.

September 2017

Accounts are now free!

Now Canadian Electronic Library offers Free Accounts to Students/Individuals, Groups/Businesses and Libraries! What does this mean to you?

Students, Teachers or Individuals
  • Keep your desLibris courseware, purchased titles and desLibris subscribed content in one place
  • Free ebook previews
  • Personalization; create a bookshelf, citations, bookmarks, annotations
Groups, Businesses
  • Keep your desLibris purchased titles in one place and shared amongst all users without a monthly fee
  • Personalization features let you store your ebooks within folders in your Bookshelf. You can also share your bookshelf folders with co-workers or anyone outside your business
Libraries, Institutions
  • Unlimited Anonymous Users
  • Preview access to all Titles
  • IP Authentication and other Tools
  • Pointers to all Public Document Sources (Where Available)
  • Access to Usage Reports
  • Shared Bookshelf Folders for Reading Lists

Buying Books Just Got Easier


Our on-line order form and payment options make purchasing multiple ebooks simple and made available to your students immediately

Individuals or Groups

Ordering an ebook is just a click of the shopping cart. Payment with any Credit card through PayPal.

Improved Support Portal

Searchable Articles and Improved Support System

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Support Videos (YouTube)
  • How to use the online Reader
  • Buying eBooks (for Librarians)
  • Searching and Advanced Search
  • Account Administration – Users, IP, Proxy, Referring URL
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Simplify Access with Stacking

Stacking Permissions is a new feature of desLibris that allows Account holders, access to the Subscriptions of all the Libraries they use in addition to titles they have purchased.

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August 2017

Manage Courseware with Electronic Document Distribution

This allows material to either appear side by side with the desLibris ebook collection where your users can take full advantage of the desLibris suite of tools to assist them, or through a eBook Store (Beta) that delivers only your content to your students.

Customized MARC Records

Building on the Dynamic MARC system we have now enabled the ability to customize MARC records.

Customizeable MARC Tags
  • 001 - Prepend your own identifer prior to the desLibris ID
  • 028 - Delivered for every record to identify the desLibris ID and the desLibris Catalog
  • 852a - Enter your own text
  • 852c - Enter your own text
  • 852h - Enter your own text
  • 856u - Prepend your Proxy Server information onto every record
  • 856y - Enter your own text

If you require the ability to customize other MARC tags let us know at our support desk.


Submit Your Own Documents

A new "Content Provider" feature will soon be available to desLibris Library subscribers which will allow direct submission of PDFs for inclusion on desLibris.
A simple module on the Library Dashboard will support the upload of PDF and metadata entry.
Titles submitted in this way could be internal PDFs or public documents available as free downloads from websites.
All PDFs submitted in this way will be hidden and accessible only to the Content Provider account. So documents aimed only at the Content Provider's audience could be submitted and restricted from public view. (That is, visibility/access would be restricted to the Content Provider's login or IP ranges.) On the other hand, viewing settings could be changed to allow public documents to be available to all desLibris subscribers under Creative Commons licenses.
MARC records will also be available for all titles submitted in this way, so integration with library catalogues will be simple.

Dynamic MARC

In the new year, MARC deliveries will also be instant. As soon as a document or ebook is available on desLibris, its basic MARC record will be available for libraries. The "Get MARC record" in More Details will download a MARC record, and the automated MARC delivery feature will also be changed to allow for on-demand delivery of record batches.

desLibris adds External Sources

desLibris now provides a portal to “External Sources,” which include public databases like Internet Archive and Open Library as well as subject databases which may be of use to specialized audiences.
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. External sources implemented to date are Internet Archive and Open Library (1).
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.

Awards Collection

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

Open Access eBooks

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.)