Shared Library Services Platform (LSP)

McGill Library is partnering with BCI and coalition of 17 other Quebec universities to implement three digital platforms including a unified catalogue.

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Project description

McGill Library is partnering with the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) and a coalition of 17 other Quebec universities to provide the Quebec scholarly community with access to three digital platforms:

  1. A unified catalogue or shared Library Services Platform (LSP) - phased roll out summer 2020: A unified catalogue providing access to more than 20 million documents across the 18 collections and supported by OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WorldCat). The LSP will be a single portal for searching, accessing and requesting documents from Quebec universities.
  2. GéoIndex - now available (see info below)
  3. Dataverse - available spring 2020


Benefits of a shared Library Services Platform (LSP)

  • Unified catalogue of more than 20 million documents from 18 different institutions
  • Allow McGill users to borrow directly from other Quebec universities with your McGill ID card
  • Provide increased access to partner libraries’ collections in both French and English
  • 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 service

Project status

  • In 2018-2019, McGill upgraded the existing WorldCat Local online catalogue and search tool to its successor WorldCat Discovery.
  • In the 2019, BCI and a coalition of Québec universities launched GeoIndex and Dataverse and selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WorldCat) as the preferred shared Library Services Platform (LSP). This is the same platform that McGill upgraded to in 2018-2019.
  • In summer 2020, the unified catalogue bringing together resources from all 18 institutions will be implemented in phases. As a result of the staggered roll out, certain McGill lending and circulation policies and procedures will change to reflect the new consortial agreement. 


Lending & circulation changes | Timeline, scope of work and impact on users (subject to change)

Implementation date New Policy/Procedure Current McGill policy/procedure Impact to users

January 29, 2020

New faculty and staff loans due September 15, 2020 (transitional policy until 30-day loan policy implementation).

Faculty and staff loans due May 15, 2020. Users will need to renew or return materials on or before September 15, 2020.
Summer 2020 (tentative) Loan policy for McGill users: Thirty day loan with unlimited automatic renewals unless requested. Various loan periods. Streamlined borrowing policies. Makes it easier for users to request checked out items. Automatic renewal.

About GéoIndex

Géoindex is a shared platform used by Quebec universities to discover, disseminate and download geospatial data. The platform allows for keyword searching and users can use the interactive mapping feature to visualize and download datasets produced by the Quebec government (e.g. cadastral data, orthophotos, topographic data, etc.). Additionally, users can specify download output formats as well as projections. An extraction feature allows users to select a specific extraction zone (location) - the data will automatically download to the clipped area specified by the user.

New content is added daily to the platform, which eventually will contain all data available through the BCI-MERN (Ministère de l’Énergie et des Resources naturelles du Québec) agreement.

To login, current McGill students, faculty, researchers and staff can select McGill University as the organization and login using their McGill username and password.

About Dataverse

Dataverse is repository software designed to share, explore, and preserve research data. Its implementation at McGill will provide our researchers with a trusted site to deposit research data in conformance with funder or publisher requirements, or in order to share it openly with other researchers. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others' work more easily. Most appropriate for small and medium datasets, Dataverse provides unique Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for data, and makes it easy to cite deposited data sets, giving academic credit to the researchers who create and share them.

Project partners

  • 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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