Collaborative Futures Library Services Platform

Queen’s University Library is partnering with 13 other Ontario university libraries to implement a shared library services platform (LSP) as part of a project called Collaborative Futures. The new platform will improve library support for students, faculty, and staff by providing enhanced discovery and delivery of valuable information resources at Queen's and our partner institutions.

What Does This Mean for You? 

This means the Summon and QCAT tools for discovering information resources will be replaced with a new single search tool for searching across Queen’s and the other Ontario university partner library collections, now called Omni . The change will give you more streamlined access to resources across all partner libraries. 

The search tool and interface will change to Omni on Dec. 12, 2019. 

For faculty and instructors, please note that "permanent" links or URLs created using QCAT and Summon in your instructional materials and course management systems, such as OnQ, will no longer work. In advance of the change, we recommend that you use our eReserves service to help you prepare. Please see Course Reserves for Faculty and Instructors. You may also wish to use other types of permanent links, such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI); please see our Create Permanent Links to Online Articles page for more information.

More Information

Questions? Please see our FAQ for drop-in dates and the guide to Omni Search Tips. For more information please contact your Subject Librarian or Ask Us

Further details about this project can be found on the OCUL website. You may also contact Sandra Morden or Nathalie Soini, project managers of the Collaborative Futures Shared Library Services Platform (LSP) Project at Queen's. 


Building upon 50 years of successful cooperative work among Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) member libraries, this collaboration includes the selection, procurement, and implementation of a shared LSP that allows our libraries to improve our support for faculty and students; modernize internal workflows with greater streamlining and reduced duplication of effort; share expertise; reduce or redirect costs; and meet our stewardship responsibilities for the province’s valuable print and electronic research collections.

We have been busy implementing the new system and building the new consortial partnership and shared policy to address how we will work together to accomplish the priority collaboration goals, whether upon go-live or longer term, in order to reap the benefits of collaboration in those areas where it makes most sense, while facilitating local differences where necessary. We have been learning about the new system functionality and workflows as we work through the rollout within a defined schedule led by our supplier and our CF implementation team. It has been an intensive project and we have been building deep connections with our partners that will enhance the service we can offer to our students, faculty, and staff.

We look forward to this transformative opportunity to make improvements in service and workflow at the library, and will continue to provide updates as we move forward.

Project Timeline

  • Phase 1: Feasibility Study (November 2014 – July 2015)
  • Phase 2: Developing System Requirements and Pre-Procurement (August 2015 – Fall 2016)
  • Phase 3: Procurement and Implementation at Libraries (Winter 2017 – Ongoing)
  • Onboarding and implementation (Fall 2018 - Fall 2019)
  • Go-live date: Dec. 12, 2019


  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

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