The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) consists of twenty-seven university libraries (primarily those that have doctoral programs in both arts and sciences), the National Library of Canada, and the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI).
The three goals of CARL are:
- To provide organized leadership for the Canadian research library community in the development of policies and programs which maintain and improve the cycle of scholarly communication;
- To work toward the realization of a national research library resource-sharing network in the areas of collection development, preservation and access; and
- To increase the capacity of individual member libraries to provide effective support and encouragement to postgraduate study and research at national, regional, and local levels.
The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is a consortium of university libraries in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Members cooperate through resource sharing, document delivery, consortial purchasing, and work together to develop solutions to meet the academic information resource and service needs of its member institutions.
Canadian Knowledge Research Network (CRKN) was incorporated on April 1, 2004 as a not-for-profit organization for Canadian universities. CRKN aims to expand access to digital formats of scholarly research for the benefit of Canadian academic researchers. CRKN continues the work of the Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP).
Multitype Library Board Database Licensing Program
MLDP - Provincial Library coordinates the cooperative purchasing of province-wide access to a number of online information databases. This province-wide licensing allows clients of all libraries in the public, post-secondary education, school and special library sectors the right to access these databases.
Regina Library Information Network (RegLIN) is a consortium that includes the University of Regina Library, the Saskatchewan Legislative Library, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Health Sciences Library, the Gabriel Dumont Institute Library, and the RCMP Learning Resource Centre. RegLIN is hosted by the University of Regina and together member libraries share the Voyager integrated library system which allows the libraries to catalogue, locate and circulate materials.