ABOUT FLVC Library services

 

FLVC 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 Library Services unit of the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) provides a wide variety of library services to Florida's 28 state colleges and 12 state universities which directly supports the nearly 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff at these institutions. Funded by the state as the Florida Post-Secondary Academic Library Network, FLVC assists libraries by providing a shared integrated library system (ILS), a shared digital repository to house various collections, access to many electronic resources that are available to all 40 institutions, and much more.

Current funding and guidance for the organization is detailed in the Florida Statutes under Chapter 1006.73. FLVC is located in Tallahassee, Florida and is operated under the Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC), an affliate of Florida State University. The Library Services unit of FLVC has been through several iterations over the past 35+ years, including:

  • 2014-2020 - Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC)
  • 2012-2014 - Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)
  • 1990-2012 - College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) (Served only state colleges)
  • 1985-2012 - Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) (Served only state universities)

Key Services

FLVC'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: 

  • A shared catalog of library holdings of over 27 million physical items, 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.

  • Collaboration with public post-secondary education institutions to create and support Florida libraries' digital archives and collections.

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

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

  • In-person training and consultation on FLVC 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 library services.

  • A statewide open education community to promote and support textbook affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Advisory

The Members Council on Library Services (MCLS), comprised of a presidentially appointed representative from each college and university, provides input on FLVC’s suite of library services.

FLVC Statement on Racial Justice and Social Equity

The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC), an agency charged with and committed to supporting the educational goals of all persons, joins our collective voice with myriad other voices across our nation to speak out in protest of recent and recurrent events of social inequity and racial injustice.

As an organization that supports higher education, we maintain a commitment to the highest ideals of discourse, truth seeking, and the continued exploration of shared values of the human experience. FLVC provides library and information resources and services to more than 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff across the 40 public colleges and universities of the state of Florida. We recognize and cherish the incredible diversity and individual worth of each and every person across these institutions and across our entire nation.

We at FLVC reaffirm our dedication to our shared values of equity and inclusion in higher education and in all areas of life in our nation. These values are of little worth unless all individuals are treated consistently and equally to fundamental rights under the law.

We at FLVC uphold the values expressed by the Board of Governors (BOG) of the State University System of Florida in its June 2, 2020 statement, "A Letter to the State University System Community," available at https://www.flbog.edu/2020/06/02/a-letter-to-the-state-university-system-community/. As an agency of higher education, we agree with the Board of Governors that, "we must move forward with greater resolve to battle racism and systemic inequities wherever they exist."