About Us


OHLA is an association committed to the support of health library specialists who deliver quality information services to the health care communities of Ontario.The Association will provide support to its members through excellence in leadership, advocacy, education and communications.

Since 1985

OHLA is many things to many people – a source of information, education, inspiration and motivation. The original goal of the small group of concerned hospital librarians in 1985 was to promote the reputation and enhance the position of the hospital library within the Ontario hospital community. First and foremost
in this vision was to provide its members with quality continuing education.
Today, our Association welcomes individuals from any sector who have an interest in health sciences libraries in Ontario health facilities. Our membership includes practicing and retired librarians, library technicians, and other library staff from any geographic area in the world. We maintain formal affiliation agreements that mutually support our goals and activities with the Ontario Library Association, and the Canadian Health Libraries Association Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada.


OHLA members have the opportunity to disseminate their research through our annual meeting and educational sessions held concurrently with the Ontario Library Association conference. The archives marking the history of the Association from its beginnings are available online at our website for researchers and students alike. This invaluable material helps trace the history of health sciences librarianship in Ontario over the past two decades.


OHLA promotes the value of health sciences libraries and the professions of librarians and library technicians to senior hospital administrators and appointed board members. OHLA seeks opportunities to advocate for the future of health libraries and librarianship in Ontario and to create new alliances with other library associations and consortia.