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Research Help & general information

Visit our Access Services Desk on the second floor for assistance with library services and for general information about the Library. You can also call us at 705-675-4803.

Research Consultations

You can make an appointment with a Librarian or the Archivist for assistance with specific research questions. We suggest contacting the Librarian responsible for your subject area.

Assistance by email

If you need assistance, email your question to us at, and a librarian will answer it.

If your question refers to the Special Collections housed in the archives, or pertains to an archival fonds, send your question to and the archives will answer it.

We endeavour to reply to email inquiries within 24 hours, Monday through Friday, and on the following Monday or next day that the Library is open if you email on the weekend.

If you are an off-campus (more that 50km) student see what services we can offer distance educations students.

Off-Campus Library Services

If you are an off-campus (more that 50km) student see what services we can offer distance educations students.

Accessibility Services

Working in co-operation with Accessibility Services,  the J.N. Desmarais Library provides research and library services and assistive technologies to students with disabilities. For specific information,  please email Accessibility Services.

Centre for Academic Excellence

The Library is home to the University’s Centre for Academic Excellence, a hub of resources for students located on the second floor.  Its customized approach includes Academic Advantage, Learning Assistance, Degree Exploration and Career Planning, Student Engagement, and Tutor Training programs. For further information, please go to the Centre's website or email

Direct Borrowing

Students who visit other university libraries in Canada may borrow directly from these libraries with a valid student photo ID, and may return these books at Laurentian at no charge. For further details contact:

Interlibrary Loans - RACER

Students may obtain material not held in the J.N. Desmarais Library by using the RACER system accessible from the library’s home page.

You must register first and to be authenticated; for their user ID students must use their University ID.

Generally, ILL material is free, although small charges may be incurred if books are not picked up or returned late.

Articles will be emailed to you upon arrival. Pick up books once you are notified on GroupWise that they have arrived, at the circulation desk, second floor.

A book may only be borrowed once.  It may not be renewed or borrowed a second time.

Folow this link for further information on Interlibary Loans,  or email


RefWorks logo
RefWorks is a web-based bibliography manager that allows you to :

  • Import references from electronic resources such as research databases or catalogues into a personal database;
  • Organize the references according to your needs;
  • Create a bibliography in the style of your choice;
  • Export it into a file to be included with your assignment, report, or project.

As a registered student you can create a Refworks account for free.


Connect to Refworks at this link to create an account.

If at any time you are prompted for a group code, enter RWLaurentianU

Message Board

Leave a message for your friends and colleagues on the board near the entrance to the library.

Student Photo Identification Cards

Student photo identification cards are the property of Laurentian University and are used by University faculties, services and staff to identify you as a student and to give access to campus services. These include library privileges, photocopier use, cafeteria, entrance to exams, gym and university residence access, university events, city bus pass, and discounts from community businesses. The photo identification card must also be presented for identification at exams.

Getting a student photo identification card
You may obtain a student photo identification card from the Access Services  Desk. For more information, please click here.


Brenda Wallace Computer Centre

The Brenda Wallace Computer Centre is located on the second floor. You may use the computer room when it is not being used by a scheduled class. Please note--like the third floor, the BWCC has been designated as a quiet area.

Brenda Wallace Reading Room

Brenda Wallace Reading Room is situated on the third floor. Come to the reading room to read, study, or relax with a book or periodical.

Graduate study rooms

Graduate students may register at Access Services for their own private rooms located on the third floor.

These are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis for the year but because of large waiting lists, rooms unused for a week will be re-assigned. Eight have been set aside for daily use. The rooms are checked regularly to see that library material in them is signed out; if it is not, room privileges may be revoked. For further details, contact Access Services, ext. 4800.

Group study rooms

The library has private study rooms that will seat from 2 to 12 people and these may be reserved at the Access Servces Desk for up to 3 hours.


Located  just outside the main entrance to the library, the Rotunda is available 24/7 for those who like to talk, eat lunch, access the Internet--and even study. 


Facilities are located near the elevators on each floor of the library. Wheelchair access is available on the second floor.


The reserve collection, periodicals, the reference collection, atlases, recreational paperbacks, newspapers, as well as indexes and abstracts are located on the second floor.

Circulating books and the government documents collection are located on the third.

The Archives, located on the first floor of the Desmarais Library, houses the following special collections: Regional; Faculty; Mining Environment Vertical Files; Rare Books; 4th Years Honours Essay and Graduate Theses; and Archives.

The J.N. Desmarais Library also contains several specialized collections spread throughout the building such as the Collection franco-ontarienne and the Mining Environment collection.


Numeric and geospatial data are also available for teaching and research. Laurentian has a site licence for software such as SPSS and ArcGIS Desktop. For assistance, contact Mr. Tomasz Mrozewski,  ext. 3325 or


E-books are a terrific new resource that the library in acquiring, largely because they may be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection.

They are located in two different places:

Many ebooks may be located with the library’s catalogue. These records will have[electronic resource] in the title and will offer a link to the e-book on the search results page.

Ebooks can also be located by searching in e-book collections. Some recommended ebook collections include:

  • Scholars Portal Ebooks (over 250,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text)
  • Ebrary (close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas)

A complete list of ecollections is available here.


Past exams in many disciplines are available to consult in English and French.

Access to the Collections

Access to the library's collections is available from terminals throughout the building. The library is also wireless, so you may work on your own laptop.

Books within the library are accessible through the catalogue in various ways including by author, title and subject. So too are all the special collections housed in the Archives as well as government documents . If you need help finding government information in print or online, consult Mr. Tomasz Mrozewski, ext 3325.

Periodical articles are found using online indexes and abstracts from the library’s home page from on- and off-campus. We list recommended databases and other online and print resources by subject.

The library subscribes to 50,000 periodicals in full-text electronic format. For those available only in print or in microformat, use the catalogue to see whether the J.N. Desmarais Library has the periodical title containing the article you want. Like books, periodicals In print are organized on the shelves by Library of Congress call number; periodicals in microformat are organized by title.


The archival fonds are all on or from Northern Ontario. These primary sources mostly pertain to (by alphabetical order) : Arts, culture and communications media; Clubs & social organizations;  Economy; Education; Labour; Mining industries and related activities; Politics & Politicians; Population & socio-ethnic groups; Religious communities; and Sudbury.

Finding aids for Laurentian’s archival fonds are most easily accessed from the Archives website. Ask at the Library Access Desk for details or contact


A selection of popular paperbacks, most contributed by the SGA, is available on the south side of the second floor.  In 2011,  graphic novels were added to this collection.


Current issues of local and Toronto newspapers are available daily  in a special rack at the entrance to the newspaper shelves.


DVDs are located on the second floor of the Library, alongside the paperbacks and current newspapers. The University's Instructional Media Centre (ext. 2300) also has VHS cassettes. 


Topographical maps for the country and base maps for Ontario are located in the centre of the second floor of the library.


The library has a large collection of 33 1/3 rpm (long play) recordings comprised mostly of classical music from the baroque era through to the twentieth century.

There also is a selection of jazz and popular music recordings. The loan period is one week.


Cash Card Loader

Located on the second floor, the cash card loader will allow you to replenish your LU ID card. You can redeem money from your card throughout the campus at various photocopiers, printers, vending machines, coffee shops and the cafeteria.

Laptops, IPADS, and Netbooks

The library loans laptops, IPADS, and Netbooks at the Access Services Desk.  For details, contact Access Services.

Microform Readers

New equipment has been placed in the Microform section of the second floor, which gives you the option of converting pages on microform to .pdf documents.


Photocopiers are available on the second floor. Your student photo ID card serves as your photocopy card. Visit the Circulation Desk to add money to your card, or do it yourself using the Cash Card Loader located in the photocopy area. With a card, the cost per page is 8 cents.


Printers are located in the Learning Commons on the second floor. Printing is available in black & white or colour.

You can print from workstations in the Learning Commons, or from a wireless device at

Once the document is sent to the printer, login to the touch screen monitors next to the printers to retrieve your document using the same username and password you used to login to the computer. Cost:  B&W:  10 cents; Colour:  50 cents.


You can scan from any of the  library photocopiers and email the output to yourself. There is no charge for the use of photocopiers to scan, and it is capable of scanning in black & white, grey, or colour. For help using the photocopier to scan, please ask at the Access Services Desk.

Self Checkout

A self-checkout machine has been installed opposite the Access Services Desk on the second floor.


A public phone is available by the elevator outside the library opposite the entrance on the second floor. An in-house phone which reaches university numbers is available near the book bin on the first floor.

Vending Machine

You may buy various types of small equipment and supplies, such as memory sticks and pens from a machine placed just inside the library entrance, second floor.



A valid student photo identification card must be presented before books can be borrowed. Before borrowing, first-time users must fill out a student information sheet which can be obtained at the Access Services Desk on the second floor. For more information, please click here.


Undergraduates may borrow up to 30 circulating books for 3 weeks.

Graduate students may borrow up to 50 books for 4 months, subject to recall after 3 weeks.

All books may be renewed up to 3 times unless requested by another borrower. If a book is required for reserve, it must be returned within 3 days.

Reserve Material

Your professor may request that the library place material on 1, 2 or 4 hour, 1, 3 or 7 day reserve. Click on the Reserve Material link  to search for reserves.

Email Notification

For items with a loan period of more than four days, a reminder notice will be sent to the email address associated with your library system account before the item is overdue. Two overdue notices will be sent to the same email address after the item is overdue.

After an item is more than 30 days overdue, you will be sent another notice, and a $5 fine will be applied to your account.


Overdue book - $.50/day to $15 maximum

Overdue reserve item due at a specific hour - $.50/hour to $30 maximum

Overdue reserve item due specific day - $2/day to $30 maximum

Lost book - $5 service charge plus fines owing plus replacement cost for in-print titles; $30 for out-of-print titles

Special Processing and Searches

All items on order are indicated in the online catalogue. If there is a particular title that has been received but is not yet available for circulation, please fill out a CAN'T FIND A BOOK? form available on the pods containing library laptops. Under normal circumstances, you will have the book in your hands within 48 hours. You may also use this slip to request that the library search for a book missing from the shelf.

For further information about Access Services, contact Access Services.

Your LU Library Account

Login to your library account through the catalogue to renew your books, to see which books you have out, to place holds, and to verify whether you have fines owing.

Your username and password are the same as your Groupwise and Desire2Learn account.


Research Skills Tutorial

D2L Library course instructions

The Research Skills Tutorial can teach you efficiently use the library resources and strategies for successful academic research. 

After you log in to your D2L,  you must self-register yourself to add it to your course list.

1. Click on the Self Registration button at the top of the page. 

2. Select "Core Online Library Instruction" from the course list

3. Click Register, the form should be pre-filled with your information so all that is left to do is to click Submit and then Finish.

The course should now appear in your course list.

If you run into problems, or have any questions, please email


If you're interested in research skills instruction in your classroom, please contact Ashley Thomson, or the Librarian responsible for your subject area.


Use Your Library Voice

Talking is permitted in a moderate voice on the second floor of the building; the third floor is a strict quiet area. Please take conversations and cell phone calls to the stairwells.

Collection Development Policy

To view specific details of the Collection Development Policy, click here.

Policy on the Access and Loan of Library Materials

To find out the specifics on loan periods, renewals, and charges, click here.

Library Code of Conduct

To view specific details of the Library Code of Conduct, click here.

Other Campus Libraries/Resource Centres

All members of the Laurentian University Community may borrow directly from all campus libraries using their photo identification.   There is also a satellite Laurentian Library collection at Georgian College's Barrie campus.

J.N. Desmarais Library & Archives

The J.N. Desmarais Library & Archives is located adjacent to the Classroom Building. The entrance is on the 2nd floor.






Phone: 705-675-4800, 1-800-661-1058

Hours of Operation




Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 3306

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

If your inquiry pertains to the opening hours of the special collections (Regional, Faculty, Rare Books, Essays and Thesis), they are accessible on Tuesday - Friday, between 9:30 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary.

Please be advised that an appointment is required prior to your visit to the Archives for all search requests concerning archival fonds. Access to and reference for archival materials will be offered only on Thursdays and Fridays.


Architecture Collection

The Architecture Collection is located at the Laurentian School of Architecture (85 Elm St., downtown Sudbury)

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (generally)

Please call in advance: (705) 675-1151 Ext. 7211

J.W. Tate Library, Huntington University

The J.W. Tate Library is located on the northern end of Huntington University.

Phone: 705-673-4126, ext. 220

Hours of Operation


University of Sudbury Library

The University of Sudbury Library is located on the second floor of the Laurent Larouche Building of the University of Sudbury (Room 213.)  

The University of Sudbury has collections specialized in the following subjects: Études journalistiques, Folklore et ethnologie, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy/philosophie, Ethics/Éthique and Religious Studies/Sciences religieuses


Phone: 705-673-5661 ext. 216

Hours of Operation


Health Sciences Library, NOSM

The Health Sciences Library is located in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.


Phone: 705-662-7282

Hours of Operation

Curriculum Resource Centre

Located on the first floor of the English School of Education building (Room 103), the CRC houses provincial curriculum documents, educational methods and strategy texts, specific texts for all subjects covered under the Ontario Curriculum.


You can also find puppets, picture books, DVDs, instruments, and other manipulative resources specifically used in today's classroom.


Access Mac or PC computers and Smart board technology. Printing available onsite.


Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 4259

For more information please email David Young, Library Assistant

Hours of Operation: Closed July and August 2014


Music Resource Centre

The MRC is located in the English School of Education, Room 106C.

Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 2529

Hours of Operation



August - CLOSED



Laboratoire de didactiques

The Centre de ressources didactiques is located in the École des sciences de l’éducation, in the Alphonse Raymond Building.

Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 5024

Hours of Operation

Monday -  Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Closed 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm



We are always interested in your opinion about our collections and services. If you have a suggestion, you may leave it on a compliments/questions/suggestions sheet near the exit to the library. You may also visit, phone or write:
Mr. Alain Lamothe
Chair, Department of Library and Archives
705-675-1151 ext. 3304 or


Brent Roe
University Librarian
705-675-1151 ext. 4841 or