The current Standards for Distance and Online Learning Library Services were approved by the ACRL Board of Directors in February 2023. The Standards were developed by the DOLS Standards Committee and are intended for anyone who is involved in providing services to distance and online learning communities. The document provides a means to foster cross-departmental communication and improve advocacy, and offers a roadmap for strategic planning.

“All distance and online members of an institution of higher education are entitled to the library services, resources, and collections of that institution. This founding principle applies to all public, private, profit, and non-profit academic institutions and it is the underlying and uncompromising basis for the Standards of Distance and Online Learning Library Services.”


These documents are the current ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services.

Read the Standards (ACRL Website)

DOLS Standards Toolkit

DLS Standards Worksheet (.xlsx)

  • Please make a copy to edit the worksheet.