Library Shared Services Project – Strengthening Collaboration Between Libraries Across Sectors

The Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education is working in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education to find ways to help strengthen collaboration between libraries, across sectors.

We want to hear how you envision the future of cross-sector library shared services in BC. You will find below a webform to submit your Library Shared Services ideas.

Our Goal: To help encourage library sectors to find areas of common interest and opportunity in order to improve public access and extend service. We envision that the Library Shared Services project will promote and expand on current successful programs and services, and will find new opportunities for collaboration across all sectors.

Libraries are known as collaborative institutions, committed to providing widespread access to information and resources. The diverse backgrounds of libraries and their partners gives us a unique opportunity to find new ways of expanding access, enhancing services, and breaking down barriers between libraries across all sectors.

Who are we working with? Staff in public, academic, and school libraries, library partners, and other potential partners with an interest in shared services and expanding access to resources to the citizens of BC.

Phase 1 Project Introduction: Ideas gathering Winter 2014 – Spring 2015
Phase 2 Project(s) Selection Summer 2015 – on-going
Phase 3 Project(s) Implementation Beginning of Fall 2015
Phase 4 Project(s) Evaluation Fall 2016


  • Inter-Library Loans: A service where library patrons can request and borrow materials from other libraries across the province.
  • Coordinated and shared operational infrastructure services available through the BC Libraries Cooperative: Electronic Resource Consortial Licensing, Website Content Management & hosting, and Sitka Evergreen Library ILS.
  • Points to the Past: All British Columbians now have free access almost 200 million pages of digital historical content, thanks to an agreement between the University of British Columbia Library, Simon Fraser University Library, and the University of Victoria Libraries with educational publisher GALE-Cengage Learning.
  • Royal BC Museum’s Learning Portal: A place for learners of all ages to explore BC’s natural and human history through the museum’s collections online.


  1. Improve public access to academic research and other digital resources across the province.
  2. Increase opportunities for libraries to collaborate and share across traditional borders
  3. Promote greater coordination and enhance service across the library sectors


Library Shared Services Idea Submission Form

Please take a moment to complete this brainstorming form with your ideas and suggestions for a shared services project.

Please do not include any personal/identifying information on this form, other than your library affiliation. We will be contacting the libraries directly, or you may email with any questions you have.

The Libraries Branch thanks you for your participation in the Library Shared Services brainstorming process.