Southern Ontario Library Service

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Stronger Libraries Stronger Communities
Brief Description: 

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) was established in 1989 and is mandated to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport by:

  • Increasing cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers in order to promote the provision of library service to the public; and
  • Assisting public library boards by providing them with services and programs that reflect their needs, including consultation, training and development.

Mission: The people of Ontario, as represented by the Minister with jurisdiction for public libraries, will have equitable access to library services at a sustainable cost.

  1. Libraries will have equitable access to:
    • Worldwide library collections
    • E-resources
      Libraries will provide services according to minimum standards.
  2. 2.1. Libraries will have a mechanism for collaboration on the development and achievement of common standards.
  3. Libraries will have well-informed and skilled staff.
Principal Consortial Functions: 
Collections sharing
Electronic content licensing
Interlibrary loan/document delivery
Other Functions: 
Staff training and development, delivery, accreditation, networking
Mailing Address: 
Southern Ontario Library Service 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1504 Toronto, ON M5E 1E5
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