Provincial Licensing

Once a year, SOLS aggregates orders from libraries for a selection of e-resources products, to maximize discounts and expand the resources available to Ontarians.  SOLS then invoices libraries

Supplemental Licensing

These e-resources are offered annually as discounted purchases that libraries order individually, and participating vendors invoice libraries directly. Includes offers from multi-sector consortia such as Consortia Canada

Need help choosing e-resources products?

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Download our E-resources Evaluation Forms. 

They list all the available products and give some criteria to help you make decisions.

  • Ordering for Provincial Licensing runs from Sept. 4 – Oct. 19, 2018.
  • Ordering for Supplemental Licensing runs from Sept. 24 – Nov. 9, 2018.
  • Provincial Licensing products and base prices are same, but libraries still need to place orders for all products, even if purchasing the same products as last year.
  • Pricing quoted to SOLS by vendors is final, and individual libraries should not be offered off-list pricing. Should you have a different experience with any participating vendor, feel free to contact Beth Harding, as this practice undermines the value and purpose of a consortia purchasing program.
  • Pricing based on population served will use the 2016 Census Data again this year.  For libraries that have service contracts with neighbouring municipalities, their populations are also a factor. Please review the SOLS Census data and contact us if you anticipate any contract changes for 2019.
  • Pricing based on the number of cardholders or circulation data will use the 2016 Ontario Public Library Statistics as provided by the Ministry.

Quick Facts - E-resources Licensing

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Want to become an e-resources vendor?

Submission for new vendors is now closed.  For information on SOLS' licensing programs and how to become a vendor in future, please contact Beth Harding.


For any account or technical issues with your provincial licenses, please see our list of vendor technical contacts.

The Professional Resources in Learn HQ have a Technology guide with a detailed “E-resources” section, with helpful information on selecting, organizing, managing and providing access to to digital resources.

LearnHQ also offers learning opportunities in Collection Management Skills Development.

Contact Us

For assistance with any of our collections and resources, please contact Beth Harding