Library services platform

McGill Library is currently partnering with 17 other Quebec universities to research and explore the possibility of implementing a shared library platform. Currently, these 18 institutions use 10 different systems and with the maturing of technologically-advanced alternatives, this partnership would allow the Library and the other institutions to pool resources to maximize the efficiencies in a new system. By collaborating on a shared platform, McGill students, faculty and staff will gain greater access to partner libraries’ resources and the Library will benefit from the insight from the experience of fellow Quebec colleagues and experts.

McGill Library commitment

  • We will provide substantive opportunities for two-way communication to keep you involved throughout the process
  • We will solicit your advice and feedback on the services you require in a new platform
  • We will ensure you remain apprised of updates as they become available
  • We will ultimately opt for the best suited solution specifically for McGill, its environment and its diverse stakeholders
  • We will work with you through the transition period, if the decision is made to join the shared platform

Benefits of a shared library platform

  • Incorporate state-of-the-art technology and an ongoing developmental commitment for improved catalogue searching of the resources the Library provides
  • Redeploy resources liberated by more advanced technology to more efficiently use librarian and staff skill sets and introduce new Library services
  • Provide increased access to partner libraries’ collections
  • Streamline the inter-library loan process, allowing McGill users to directly use partner libraries with just a McGill ID card
  • Maintain McGill’s place among the leading academic research libraries in North America by adopting a more technologically-advanced platform
  • Maximize McGill’s financial investment by pooling resources with partner libraries for the most efficient return
  • Offer an interactive inter-university forum for sharing best practices, insights and expertise throughout the selection and development process
  • Fulfill McGill’s goals of further collaboration with colleagues in the Quebec community for the continued betterment of all parties

Project timeline

  • Phase One: Strategic Presentation Document (September 2014 - January 2015)
  • Phase Two: Initial Business Case (February 2015 – May 2015)
  • Phase Three: Final Business Case (September 2015 - February 2016)
  • Phase Four: Test Bed, Request for proposal (RFP) and Public call for tenders (May 2016 - June 2017)
  • Phase Five: Implementation (June 2017 - April 2019)

Feedback and Information Timeline

As the BCI project team proceeds with its work, the McGill Library will simultaneously be raising awareness and collecting feedback from the McGill community.

  • Collection of feedback from staff, faculty and students through liaison librarians and sharedplatform.library [at] (ongoing)
  • McGill Library staff and librarian information and feedback sessions (September to December 2015)
  • Project page on the McGill Library website (November 2015)
  • Communication between liaison librarians and faculty via email and in-person meetings (December 2015 to January 2016)
  • Access to the test bed for staff, faculty and students promoted through the website and liaison librarians (expected May 2016)


  • Bishop's University
  • Université Concordia
  • Université Laval
  • McGill University
  • Université de Montréal
  • HEC Montréal
  • Polytechnique Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke





  • Université du Québec (siège social):

- Université du Québec à Montréal

- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

- Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

- Université du Québec à Rimouski

- Université du Québec en Outaouais

- Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

- Institut national de la recherche

- École nationale d'administration publique

- École de technologie supérieure


Contact Info

If you have any questions or comments surrounding the proposed Quebec University Shared Library Platform, please contact us at sharedplatform.library [at]

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