Getting Started

After you have registered, you will have received a "welcome" letter giving you an administrative password. At this point, your library's subscription to desLibris is active. You have a 30-day free trial period during which you may cancel at any time without obligation.

This page offers guidelines for getting desLibris set up quickly in all library settings and promoting it to users.

Testing access

If you have subscribed to the Basic Membership, your users will have fulltext access to over 50,000 books and documents. You can perform a quick check of this by clicking on any title in Documents or Books windows on the Search page and making sure that the reader displays the entire book (not just the first few pages, as is the case with the public site.)

If you have subscribed only to one or more Special Collections, go to the Special Collections list, open the Collection(s) you have ordered (use the “Preview the Collection” button,) and insure that the reader displays the entire book.

Note: Perform these tests from a library terminal (i.e. without logging in to your Admin account.)

Check your IP ranges

To insure that desLibris is authenticated on your library’s IP ranges, go to your Library Dashboard Adminstration panel and check the IP Settings tab to make sure that all IP addresses are shown. Addresses may be easily edited and added in this tab.


There are two ways of configuring desLibris in your library.

The simplest option is to post a reference to the site on your e-Resources page and in other areas of your website. See below for some suggestions on how to do this.

The second alternative, OPAC Integration, is slightly more complicated. Because it may not be appropriate or desirable for some libraries, it's an optional step.

Instant Setup: desLibris as an e-Resource

Any user can use the search features in the platform to find resources quickly. So all you need to do is point users to the website.


To add a link from your library website to desLibris, cut and paste this HTML code into a desired location: 

<div style="width: 300px; border: 1px solid; padding: 0 5px;">
<p style="text-align: center;">
<a href=><img src="" style="width: 290px; height: 150px; align: center;" alt="desLibris - Canadian Books and Documents"></a>


Here is text which could be pasted into your library website to describe and promote desLibris for users:

desLibris: Canadian Books and Documents

This database gives you searchable access to current public documents issued by Canadian public policy and health research agencies and think tanks, as well as books from over 70 Canadian publishers. Documents may be downloaded in PDF; book titles are available for online access only.

Restrict access to only titles available for online reading

The desLibris public site is a resource for readers to discover Canadian materials. Even though your library may not have subscribed for fulltext access, you may wish to direct users to the free public site, which is a rich source of information on Canadian monographs. The “More details” panel with each listing provides ways through which readers can find books from the publishers or from other libraries.

However, to restrict your users’ access to only those resources available to them in fulltext, you may use the toggle in the “Settings and Content Options” tab in the Admin panel of your Library Dashboard:

Other Configuration and Integration Approaches

OPAC Integration

desLibris is also a collection of individual ebooks, each supported with a MARC record.  As such, it offers the opportunity of integrating all or some records into the library OPAC or public catalogue. See here for instructions on ordering and using MARC records.

Although this approach is more time-consuming and labour-intensive, it will promote usage and visibility of the resources.

Limit MARC selections to areas of interest

If you decide to integrate desLibris in this way, you may wish to limit the titles you “expose” to readers through the OPAC by limiting your MARC selections. This is easily done in desLibris by customizing the MARC records you receive. See this link for full instructions..

With this approach, libraries may focus attention only on titles classified with certain Dewey classifications (these are searchable using the “Subject Interest” field in Advanced Search. Or francophone libraries may limit their OPAC references to only French-language materials (using the “Language” selector in Advanced Search.)

Configuring Remote Users

Most institutions use a proxy server to authenticate remote users and pass them on through the institution's recognized IP range. Because desLibris uses IP authentication and recognizes only those IP addresses registered, the onus of authentication of remote users rests with the institution.

A popular proxy server is EZproxy.From the perspective of EZProxy, desLibris is a single database.

To configure EZProxy to access desLibris, add the following stanza to your configuration file:

Title desLibris 

See for additional details.

Kobo Buy Button

On the “More details” tab with many Books (not Public Documents) is a button which users may click to go to the Kobo site to inquire about or purchase individual titles in e-form. Once in the Kobo site, the user is unidentified as a library patron, and of course individual purchases are unrelated to library accounts.

CEL in Discovery Services

Canadian Electronic Library content is indexed and available through three Webscale Discovery Services.

While MARC records provide a degree of access, these services augment cataloguing by providing libraries with a unified index of content, fulltext search, results ranking, and other access tools which simplify and focus the discovery process.


  Canadian Electronic LIbrary (ebrary platform)        desLibris 
  Bibliothèque Numérique Canadienne Française
Canadian Health Research Collection
Canadian Public Policy Collection
Canadian Publishers Collection
Canadian Publishers Collection - CRKN *
Canadian Publishers Collection - non-CRKN **
CEL Perpetual
Irwin Law
Orca Digital Collection
Ulysses Travel Guide Library 
      desLibris Books***
desLibris Documents

*This contains the 8129 titles licensed by the CRKN consortium in 2008.  It is no longer a subset of CPC because some CRKN titles have been removed from the subscription collection. Select this database if your library has access to the CRKN titles on the ebrary platform, whether or not you subscribe to CPC.

**This contains all CPC titles not included in the CRKN license. To avoid duplication, select this database rather than "Canadian Publishers Collection" if your library has access to the CRKN titles on the ebrary platform and you subscribe to CPC,

***This is the main Books subscription collection on the desLibris platform; its contents are identical to CPC.

For more information, use the links above to contact the vendors.

Patron Accounts

If you're an individual wanting to use the Bookshelf and Annotation features, you are invited to set up a Patron Account. 

Patron Accounts are available only to individuals accessing desLibris through an authenticated Library portal.

When you click on "Add to Bookshelf" you will be prompted to set up an account using your email and a self-chosen password.