How They Work

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Digital repositories are typically administered by libraries, which make use of the existing library infrastructure and technology to host the repository and provide support for the academic community. Because they are institution-based, digital repositories function in a sustainable funding environment.

Most Canadian academic research libraries maintain a digital repository. A list is available from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) at There are also a number of subject- and agency-based repositories around the world to consider. See repository directories at


To enjoy the many benefits of your library’s digital repository, simply deposit a copy of your published manuscripts (and supporting materials, if you like) in your digital repository. If your work has been published with a publisher, check with your publisher to be sure you have the right to post it. your library can help. (See What You Need to Know About Copyright). Authors use simple online forms to upload materials. If you have any questions, just ask your librarian.

Governments all over the world, including Canada, are recognizing that the public has the fundamental right to access the results of publicly funded research.