University of Waterloo Library joins OCLC Research Library Partnership

The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) is excited to welcome the University of Waterloo as a Partner.

The University of Waterloo Library's 130 FTE staff provide vital research information resources and programs to a community of over 40,000 students and employees at one of Canada's most innovative and comprehensive universities. The Library welcomes over 2 million learners and researchers annually across five facilities located on three campuses in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The University of Waterloo Library provides access to collections and resources of over 2.3 million volumes, 100,000+ journal titles, and substantial digital resources. The Library Strategic Plan 2020-2025 focuses squarely on partnerships as the lifeblood of Library services and programs. Key among these partnerships are: Waterloo's program on bibliometrics and research impact; the Portage Canadian research data management expertise network; and Omni, the Ontario Council of University Libraries' (OCUL) new digital library platform and services.

"At the University of Waterloo, the Library's focus is on equipping scholars with lifelong skills to navigate complex information, wherever their research and learning may lead them,” says Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, University Librarian. “Through the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Waterloo can connect with global library expertise and perspectives on a variety of cutting-edge research information themes to share and enrich local practice and to grow partnerships."

The OCLC RLP supports focused programming and research in four areas crucial to research libraries:

  • Research support
  • Unique and distinctive collections
  • Resource sharing
  • Next generation metadata

Across these four areas, the RLP seeks to support libraries through the challenges of COVID-19 and to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The RLP currently comprises 124 Partner institutions around the world.

Visit to learn more about the OCLC Research Library Partnership.