SOLS provides e-resources access through the following programs. Click through to find out more.
  1. Provincial Licensing (Formerly Tier 2) - Once a year, SOLS aggregates orders from libraries for a second tier of products to maximize discounts and expand the resources available to Ontarians. SOLS then invoices libraries. For 2016, 211 libraries spent over $2.8 million on 72 different products.
  2. Supplemental Licensing (Formerly Tier 3) - These  e-resources are offered annually as discounted CPAs (Consortia Purchase Agreements) that libraries order individually. For each product, there is a page with ordering instructions, and information about pricing and trial access.  Many of the offerings are provided via SOLS’ participation in multi-sector consortia such as Consortia Canada.

From 2013 through 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport committed $1.8 million to provide access to a number of e-resources. The goal was to ensure equitable access to information for all Ontarians through their public libraries. For usage statistics and data from the Annual Survey on this program, please visit: E-resources Statistics. Questions regarding this project may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please review sols.org's Terms of Use. For questions, comments and suggestions regarding this website, please Contact SOLS Helpdesk.

The Southern Ontario Library Service  is working to make our website accessible to all. We welcome comments and suggestions on access improvements and encourage you to take a look at our updated Accessibility Policy. If you require a particular PDF or word document in an accessible format, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also offer BrowseAloud reading support - click on the orange graphic to the right to launch.  Learn more about BrowseAloud.

The support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is gratefully acknowledged.