On behalf of its owners, the people of Ontario, as represented by the Minister with jurisdictions for public libraries, SOLS exists so that the public has equitable access to library services thus supporting a dynamic cultural environment, economic vitality and quality of life. This is to be achieved at a sustainable cost.


Without limiting the scope of the above, SOLS exists so that the public has equitable access to:

Worldwide library collections and e-resources
and skilled staff
Library services that meet common standards

Our Services & Staff

Learn more about SOLS and the services we provide to libraries or contact us directly

Our Board

SOLS Establishment, Governance, 
Board Membership,
Current Board Business, and SOLS Policies

Reports & Plans

Operations Plans, SOLS' Contribution to Libraries,  Annual Report 2017-2018, 2018-2019, Financial Statements

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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.

SOLS grew out of an amalgamation of regional library systems that themselves had provided support and development services to the libraries in their regions for decades. SOLS now serves the public libraries of almost 200 municipalities from Windsor to the Quebec border and north to Muskoka and ranging in population from hundreds to hundreds of thousands. Many of our services are provided collaboratively with OLS-North. Some of our services are provided province-wide.

Contact Us

For assistance with any of our services , please get in touch.