Collaborative Futures Library Services Platform

New Library System and Services Coming to Laurier


  • Improved interface and enhanced user experience
  • Improved access to a broader range of resources from new partner libraries
  • Shared patron services and policies across 14 Ontario institutions
  • Benefits of shared expertise amongst library staff
  • Collaborative Futures represents a shared vision of the future of library systems and services
  • New system and services will replace current TUG system

On December 10, 2019 we will go live and the interface will change.

For a sneak peek at a beta [or test] version of the new PRIMO search interface (you can provide feedback).

We are excited to announce that Laurier Library is part of a new, Ontario-wide project called “OCUL Collaborative Futures (CF).” Library staff have been working with the Ontario Scholars Portal and our OCUL partner libraries (including our current TUG partners at Guelph and Waterloo) towards implementation of a new Library services platform called Alma by Ex Libris. We are committed to providing ongoing updates as the project progresses towards implementation.

Who is OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries)?

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries, including Laurier. OCUL Libraries are committed to working together to maximize our collective expertise and resources. Laurier already enjoys the benefits of OCUL collective purchasing and shared services through the Ontario Scholars Portal, including hosted ejournals and ebooks as well as the Odesi and Dataverse digital data services. Through Collaborative Futures, all of our current library services provided by TUG, including searching shared resources and delivery of library materials, will be expanded to include the 13 members of this new OCUL project.

For an overview of what is changing and what is staying the same, refer to our OCUL CF Project FAQ (coming soon) page.

Which Ontario Universities are Participating?

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • OntarioTech University (formerly UOIT)
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University
  • University of Windsor (will be joining the initiative as an existing Alma and Primo customer)

Project Timeline

  • July 2018 – OCUL selects Ex Libris’ Alma library services platform (including new Primo VE discovery tool)
  • March 2019 – Project implementation kick off
  • May to November 2019 – data loading, testing and training
  • November 17 to December 9, 2019 – system migration***
  • December 10, 2019 – Go Live with new system

***Note: some library systems and services will be unavailable during this time.

For More Information

Additional updates to our community will be released in the coming weeks and months through updates to this website and through communications to our campus.

Further information about the development and aims of the project can be found on the OCUL CF Detailed Project Description.