Cooperative and resource sharing partnerships

SFU Library is a member of four consortia that negotiate information resource licenses in order to provide the best terms and costs for their members. Most consortia offer additional cooperative programs and services. The Library also belongs to other organizations which support collections in various ways.

Consortial memberships

Activities include collective negotiating for best terms & costs for acquisition of online resources. Other activities may include cooperative lending, preservation of the scholarly record, collective funding for digitization, promotion of Open Scholarship, and more.

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)

Canadian Research Knowledge Network members represent 76 academic libraries across Canada. CRKN advances interconnected, sustainable access to the world's research and to Canada's documentary heritage content.

In addition to negotiating electronic licenses, other activities include:

  • preservation
  • advancing open scholarship.

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Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)

The COPPUL consortium comprises 23 university libraries located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

In addition to negotiating electronic licenses, other activities include:

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British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN)

The British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) is a consortium of 33 private and public post-secondary libraries.

In addition to negotiating electronic licenses, other activities include:

  • facilitating resource sharing (InterLibrary Loan, Union databases)
  • coordinating the online support services AskAway and WriteAway.


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Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc)

The Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc). A consortium of 51 members, made up of private and public post-secondary institutions, government ministries, regulatory colleges, health authorities, and professional health associations.

  • Negotiates electronic licenses

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Other partnerships & memberships important to resource sharing

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars a wealth of rare and uncommon primary source materials from all world regions.

  • Negotiates licenses, facilitates InterLibrary Loan, etc.


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Portico is a community-supported preservation archive that safeguards access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections. "Our unique, trusted process ensures that the content we preserve will remain accessible and usable for researchers, scholars, and students in the future."

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Controlled LOCKSS

Controlled LOCKSS is a collaboration of the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries, CLOCKSS provides a sustainable dark archive to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly content.