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Keep@Downsview: Five Ontario research libraries partner for long-term preservation and access to scholarly print materials

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What is it?

Keep@Downsview is a new partnership to share library preservation and storage facilities and services between the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Western University, McMaster University and Queen's University. This partnership is part of a larger movement in higher education for universities to collaborate to share resources and costs.

About the facility

The Keep@Downsview partners share a high-density storage and preservation facility that supports long-term preservation and access to scholarly print materials, and is designed to provide a secure environmentally controlled space that is optimal for long-term preservation. The facility uses cost-effective high-density rack storage, and has a capacity for 5 million volumes, with the potential for further expansion. The facility is located at the University of Toronto’s Downsview Campus in North Toronto, which has been in operation since 2005.

What’s in it?

Important but lesser used print journals and books from the five university libraries will be housed at the facility. Locating and requesting materials will be seamless for users at each partner institution, and items will be easily requested from home library catalogues.


By preserving and maintaining these valuable collections, they will be available for generations to come. The partnership and shared facility will create opportunities for the development of new services and delivery options including on demand digitization and electronic delivery services for journals currently only available in print.

Costs and Funding

The Keep@Downsview’s recent addition to the University of Toronto’s Downsview facility was funded, in part, through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Productivity and Innovation Fund.


For more information on Keep@Downsview, please contact Tony Horava, Associate University Librarian (Collections and Information Resources),

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