How can we help you?

The BC ELN - BCHDP Support Service is provided by the Arca Administrative Centre, based out of the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), BC's consortium of post-secondary libraries. Our staff have years of experience helping small organisations participate in the provincial library services we run. We are leveraging this expertise to support small galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) create public access to their digitised content by placing it in Arca, BC's collaborative digital repository.

The Arca Admin Centre can help you:

  • apply for a BCHDP grant to digitise your materials
  • plan your digitisation project
  • organise your digital materials and associated information/metadata for upload into Arca
  • perform the batch upload of your digital materials into the Arca repository
  • customise the display of your collection (within Arca guidelines)
  • publicise your Arca collection

This support is available to BCHDP grant recipients at no cost through to 2024 thanks to a partnership between BC ELN and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC. To provide this critical support, BC ELN will draw on a pool of experienced senior staff and will engage library school and library technician students.


BC ELN and IKBLC initiated this partnership in 2021 to meet a shared commitment of supporting the research and learning needs of those across the province by enriching online historical collections.


BC’s small libraries, archives, museums, galleries and historical associations applying for BCHDP grants are eligible to receive BC ELN support during the grant application process. Additionally, organisations can access no-cost hosting for their BCHDP-funded materials in the Arca provincial digital repository through the BCHDP-Arca Hosting Initiative.

Though the Early Notice Survey for support for the 2024-25 grant cycle has closed, interested parties are welcome to contact us with any questions or requests for support at digisupport@bceln.ca

BCHDP grant applicants benefitting from BC ELN support:



  • Alder Grove Heritage Society*
  • Alert Bay Public Library*
  • BC Forest Discovery Centre*
  • Centre for Socialist Education*
  • Heritage Abbotsford Society
  • North Vancouver District Public Library*
  • Selkirk College*
  • Society for the Museum of Original Costume*
  • Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum*


  • Alder Grove Heritage Society*
  • Kaatza Station Museum and Archives*
  • Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives*
  • South Asian Studies Institute*
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Police Museum and Archives*

*Successful grant applicants

Interested? Contact us!