Systemwide ILS Project (SILS)

SILS Project Overview

Mission Statement: Transform library services and operations through innovation and collaboration.

Slogan: Shaping the future together

Read the SILS principles and shared assumptions here.
View the UC Libraries SILS Project wiki on Confluence

What is SILS?
To improve collaboration involving the University of California’s library collections and related services, in 2017 the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) charged a working group to oversee the implementation of a shared, innovative systemwide integrated library system (SILS) across all 10 campuses, two regional library facilities and the California Digital Library. UC Libraries are enabling an enhanced and user-centered level of integration in core functional areas: circulation, management, and sharing of print, media, and electronic collections. These collective resources will become accessible at both the local and systemwide levels via a modern discovery platform, which for users means faster and easier access to the materials they seek. ExLibris – through its Alma and Primo VE services – was selected in a competitive RFP process as the vendor best positioned to meet these systemwide project goals. With a continued commitment to systemwide collaboration and decision-making, the UC SILS project is currently in phase 4 (implementation) and went live on July 27, 2021.

Project Timing

Phase 1: June - Nov. 2017

Phase 2: January - June 2018

Phase 3: July 2018 - Feb. 2020

  • Under the terms of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed by all SILS phase 3 cohort members, applicable employees should not disclose any information about the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, vendor applications or product assessments; NDA requirements remain in place even with the public announcement of the contract winner.

Phase 4: March 2020 - September/December 2021

  • Onboarding Phase: March - May, 2020

  • Vanguard Phase: June - October, 2020

  • Implementation Phase: November, 2020 - July 2021 

  • SILS go-live on July 27, 2021

  • SILS post-go-live work TBD: August - December, 2021

Please note: These dates are estimates and subject to change. 

Read more about the key activities in phase 4 in SILS migration phases explained.


Subscribe to SILS News

We are pleased to launch an email list to communicate with all UC Libraries staff about the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project. We invite you to self-subscribe to this list to get project news sent directly to you. Our goal is to provide timely news and updates to all staff interested in the project. We do not have plans at this time for a discussion list, so subscribers do not have the ability to reply or send messages to the list. The SILS project team aims to send updates to the SILS-NEWS-L email list at least once a month and at important project milestones.

To subscribe to the SILS-News-L email list, fill out this form.


Last updated: September 16, 2021