ABOUT FALSC

This organization plays a crucial role in ensuring that Florida’s one million college and university students have the resources and tools they need to succeed.

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative operates the integrated library system (ILS) used by public college and university libraries statewide – 40 institutions and more than 150 campus libraries – along with a shared catalog and a statewide collection of online journals, e-books, and other valuable e-resources. In all, FALSC’s products and services are available to assist nearly 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff across Florida.

FALSC is part of the Florida Virtual Campus, administered by the University of West Florida’s Division of Research and Strategic Innovation (DRSI). The organizations have offices in Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee.

Key Services

FALSC’s products and services are supported by librarians, developers, and technical staff who are dedicated to enhancing the library and learning experience of Florida's students. Key services include: 

  • Management and maintenance of the statewide collection of e-resources available to students at all 40 public colleges and universities.

  • A shared catalog of library holdings, enabling students to search for materials owned by any college or university in Florida.

  • A sophisticated integrated library system (ILS) used by libraries to manage their local collections.

  • Negotiation and procurement of e-resources for individual institutions through a group licensing process. 

  • In-person training and consultation on FALSC products and services, in addition to convenient online webinars, instruction, and self-paced training for all college and university libraries. 

  • A centralized, statewide Help Desk providing user and technical support for all FALSC library services.

Next-Generation Integrated Library System

FALSC and Florida’s public postsecondary libraries are in the middle of a transition to a next-generation ILS. This multi-year effort marks the largest transition to an integrated academic library catalog/discovery system in Florida’s history. 

Advisory

The Members Council on Library Services, comprised of a presidentially appointed representative from each college and university, provides input on FALSC’s suite of library services. FALSC receives additional input from its Executive Advisory Council, which helps shape the strategic direction and services provided by the larger Florida Virtual Campus, ensuring alignment with statewide needs.