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The Consortium


While we continue to thrive and benefit through support from the University of Toronto, we have grown to include over 40 distinguished organizations including teaching and community hospitals, public health units, and other health care and educational institutions in the both the Greater Toronto Area, and beyond.

Benefits for member institutions

  • Cost savings and discounts (ranging from 10%- 60%) for online resources
  • Access to expertise in complex licensing negotiation and centralized contract management
  • Quality continuing education and training for library staff at low or no cost
  • Sharing of best practices and expertise in the delivery of evidence-based health information
  • Reduced costs through the free lending and borrowing of material between members, and greatly reduced UTL document delivery charges

Benefits for health care providers, educators, students, and policy makers

  • Cost effective access to evidence-based information via online journals, e-books, databases, and point-of-care tools
  • Faster access to quality results through skilled library and information specialists
  • Continuity of access to information on topics from education to professional practice

Membership Fees

Membership fees are split between the University of Toronto Libraries and the rest of the membership with UTL covering a minimum of 51% of the operational costs of the HSICT.  For other members of HSICT, membership costs are calculated as follows:

Membership fee = Base Fee + per FTE rate