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Southern Ontario Library Service

Stronger Libraries Stronger Communities

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