Announcing the Scholaris Website and Early Adopter Cohorts 1 & 2

June 25, 2024 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), along with Scholars Portal, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), and University of Toronto Libraries are pleased to announce that the Scholaris website is now live!

Scholaris is a national shared repository service that provides hosted infrastructure and support for Canadian institutional repositories. The service is managed by Scholars Portal and developed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), regional consortia, expert groups and members of the Canadian institutional repository community.

The newly launched Scholaris website provides information about the service, developing partners, pricing, FAQs, and participating institutions, beginning with our pilot schools and first 2 Early Adopter cohorts. 

Early Adopters

In fall 2023, the Scholaris team began working with 2 pilot schools, Ontario Tech University and the University of Toronto. As of May 30, 2024 the production site for Ontario Tech University’s Scholaris instance is now live. The production site for the University of Toronto’s Scholaris instance is expected to go live later this summer. 

In addition to the pilot schools, we are currently rolling out an Early Adopter program, beginning with 2 cohorts. 

For the first cohort we are working with institutions that have existing DSpace repositories or are looking to create an institutional repository. All schools in cohort 1 either have bilingual mandates or operate entirely in French, which will provide us the opportunity to scope out our planned bilingual service offerings. Work with schools in cohort 1 will begin in summer 2024. 

The second cohort includes schools that have institutional repositories using software other than DSpace. Work with this cohort will give us a good sense of the repository landscape outside DSpace and will help to inform decisions and processes around migrating external content, customizations, and integrations. Work with cohort 2 will also include work with expert groups to develop a recommended metadata model for mapping items to DSpace. Work with cohort 2 is expected to begin in fall-winter 2024. 

Cohort 1 participating schools: 

  • Bishop’s University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Laurentian University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Mount Allison University
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Université de Moncton

Cohort 2 participating schools: 

  • Memorial University 
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Manitoba
  • Université de Sherbrooke

While the first 2 cohorts are now full, we are already planning ahead for future cohorts. If your institution is interested in participating in Scholaris, please complete the expression of interest form. If you would like to discuss participation before formally submitting this form, please reach out to the Scholaris team by emailing

For more information about the shared national repository service, visit