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a Search Portal

To BC's post-secondary and public library collections (93 libraries) using site-specific URLs. The OutLook OnLine system simultaneously searches the provincial union databases and the remaining BC university library catalogues via Z39.50. The portal displays results from all over the province on one screen.

a Set of Provincial Union Databases

Composed of library catalogue (MARC) records from many British Columbia libraries, merged into one database.

  • OutLook OnLine is the combined library catalogues of BC's public and most post-secondary libraries.
  • BC ELN Serials is a union list of serials of post-secondary libraries and Vancouver Public Library.
  • BC ELN Media is a union list of the media collections of post-secondary libraries.

an Integrated ILL Management System

That combines searching, requesting, and an efficient work management process for interlibrary loans (ILL) staff. University libraries are connected with the OutLook OnLine ILL system via the ISO ILL protocol.  A full list of OutLook OnLine ILL library codes and participants is available here.

From June 29th to July 1st 2019, the OutLook OnLine (SHAREit) software will be unavailable as it's upgraded to Version 6. Simultaneously, the service will be rebranded Illume! More details in our FAQ.

OutLook OnLine

In partnership with Libraries Branch (Ministry of Education) and BC ELN, provincial support for OLOL is centralized at BC ELN as the OLOL Administrative Centre. The centre offers support, troubleshooting, and training for both post-secondary and public libraries. The OLOL platform is hosted in Canada on servers managed by Simon Fraser University. This consolidated administration is in line with the government’s interest in shared services and collaboration across library sectors.

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