Application for LAC funding for copy cataloguing/reporting holdings and interlibrary loan services

Current Status: Closed

The deadline for applications for the current funding cycle has passed. We expect to announce the details of the next funding cycle in fall 2022.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to support the Canadian library community by funding eligible libraries so that they can acquire copy cataloguing, contribute holdings information to OCLC, and receive interlibrary loan (ILL) services via OCLC.

Library and Archives Canada's objective for the National Union Catalogue, hosted by OCLC, is to have a comprehensive representation of Canadian library collections that support the work of the Canadian library community and facilitate access by users. For this reason, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has set aside a designated budget to help financially support small public libraries and small libraries at post-secondary institutions (community colleges, CEGEPs and universities) wanting to be part of the project to enrich the Canadian national catalogue by becoming members of OCLC.

Many provinces already provide services in this area and LAC will not duplicate or replace services that are already in place. Where provincial or territorial funding models do not cover interlibrary loan (ILL) services, eligible small libraries will be able to apply to LAC for funding for ILL services. Where provincial or territorial funding models do not cover copy cataloguing/reporting holdings, eligible small libraries will be able to apply to LAC for copy cataloguing services.

LAC's priority is supporting the smaller libraries who, without that financial assistance, would not be able to participate in this national project, while making effective use of its budget and taxpayers' money.

  • Overview of subscriptions

    Libraries that receive funded subscriptions will become OCLC members and will receive access to specific services.

  • Copy cataloguing and reporting holdings service

    The funded subscriptions for copy cataloguing and reporting holdings give access to the CatExpress product. CatExpress is an easy to use web interface for copy cataloguing and updating library holdings in OCLC. As a library does their copy cataloguing, the library's holdings are added to WorldCat. More information on CatExpress can be found on OCLC's CatExpress support webpage.

  • Interlibrary loan service

    The funded subscriptions give access to WorldShare ILL. WorldShare ILL is a simple-to-use, web-based ILL management service. It connects you to Canadian libraries and libraries around the world, allows you to view other libraries' holdings, policies and fees before you make a request, and enables you to automate workflows. More information is available on OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan support and training webpage.


Small libraries that are not already covered by provincial or territorial funding for copy cataloguing/reporting holdings and/or ILL services are eligible to apply for LAC's support, if they are:

  • public libraries with up to 50,000 population served; or
  • libraries at post-secondary institutions with a collection size of up to 60,000 items (print books, serial backfiles, e-books, audio/visual, serials, e-reference sources).

Financial assistance is not available to:

  • elementary and high school libraries (including school districts and school boards);
  • regional library system headquarters serving total populations of 50,000 people or more;
  • libraries that receive cataloguing or ILL services from another library or a provincial office;
  • special libraries;
  • other government libraries.

For more information on eligibility, please see Questions and answers for Canadian libraries about Voilà and Aurora.

Canadian libraries that are not eligible for financial support should contact OCLC to determine pricing for copy cataloguing and ILL services.

For libraries that do not subscribe to OCLC services, there are several options available for ILL and copy cataloguing services. Please see Questions and answers for Canadian libraries about Voilà and Aurora.

Please allow approximately six weeks for LAC to respond to your funding application.

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