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Monday to Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 6 pm


This collaborative online research help service is staffed by Library personnel from various Ontario university libraries, including Laurentian. For more information, see About Ask the Library.

Contact us by telephone

Library Assistance: research help and general information: 705-675-4800

Manager, Operations: 705-675-1151 Ext. 1400

Administration office: 705-675-1151 Ext. 3302

The University Librarian (Library Director): 705-675-4841

About the Library

The Library & Archives at Laurentian's Sudbury campus is accessed from the second floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library building.

The JN Desmarais Library & Archives is an actively used study and work space which offers a multi-disciplinary collection of approximately 600,000 printed books, close to 1 million e-books, 450 printed periodicals and 56,000 online journals.Photo of exterior of J.N. Desmarais Library

There are group study rooms and a variety of seating and work spaces.

The Laurentian Library & Archives also encompasses the Archives and Special Collections, the Architecture Collection at the McEwen School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury, and collaborative resource sharing with the federated universities on campus.

Read more details about all Libraries and Resource Centres on the Sudbury campus.

Check out this short film about the library--"Paradise"--that was created by students in the English department!

Contact us by email

For questions about your account or late fees:

For assistance with your research, contact your librarian.

For inquiries related to Inter-Library loans (RACER):

For students and professors at a distance (off campus services)

To reach the staff of the Archives:

Message from the University Librarian

Welcome to the J.N. Desmarais Library and Archives!

To our students…

One key job of the Library and Archives is to help you succeed in your studies by ensuring that you have access to the books, journals, and other library resources that you need for completing your course assignments.  If we don't seem to have what you're looking for, please let us know and we'll see how quickly we can locate, borrow (using our inter-library loan service, RACER) or buy the book or article (or other source) that you need.

To faculty and graduate students…

As ever, the Library and Archives strives to provide you, our researchers and instructors, with the books, articles, and other published materials-and librarian assistance-that you need to support your work.  If you don't find what you need here, be sure to confer with your liaison librarian; we can likely obtain what you need one way or another.  Please use as well our inter-library loan service, RACER.

I wish you a productive and rewarding year!

Read Brent's complete message.

Brent Roe,

University Librarian

Archivist and Librarians

Librarians by faculty

Faculty Librarian
Arts Desmond Maley
Education Ashley Thomson
Graduate Studies Alain Lamothe
Health Ashley Thomson
Management Alain Lamothe
Science Alain Lamothe
School Librarian
School of Architecture Jennifer Roy
Bharti School of Engineering Tomasz Mrozewski
School of Sports Administration Alain Lamothe

Marthe Brown - Assistant Archivist

BA. (Université Laval), MA. (History - archivistique) (Université Laval)

Alain Lamothe - Associate Librarian

BSc. (Hons.) (Laurentian), MSc. (Laurentian), MLIS. (University of Western Ontario)
  • Liaison: Sciences
  • Liaison: Faculty of Management
  • Liaison: Office of Research Services
  • Liaison: Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Liaison: School of Sports Administration
  • Technical services coordinator
  • E-resources analytics
  • Reference service scheduling

Desmond Maley - Associate Librarian

ARCT (Piano Performer, Royal Conservatory of Music); BA (Toronto), MLS (Western)

  • Chair, Library and Archives
  • Liaison: Faculty of Arts (English)
  • Collection development coordinator

Tomasz Mrozewski - Assistant Librarian

BA. (Hons.) (Toronto), MPhil (Memorial), MLIS (Western)
  • Liaison: Bharti School of Engineering
  • Data
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Government Documents
  • Scholarly communications

Jennifer Roy - General Librarian

BA (Laurentian), MA (McMaster), MLIS (Western)
  • Liaison: McEwen School of Architecture

Leïla Saadaoui - Assistant Librarian

BA. (Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris, France), MSI. (Université de Montréal)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Arts (French)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Education (French)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Health (French)
  • French Services
  • Secondary School Instruction (French)

Dan Scott - Associate Librarian

BA. (Laurentian), MISt (Toronto)
On sabbatical until July 2019

Ashley Thomson - Full Librarian

BA. (Toronto), BEd. (Toronto), MA. (McMaster), MLS. (Toronto)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Education (English)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Health (English)
  • Interlibrary Loan coordinator
  • Distance education coordinator
  • Gifts
  • Secondary School Instruction (English)

Collection Development

How Librarians Develop the Collection

Librarians are responsible for ensuring the balance and integrity of the collection by working in close collaboration with departments, schools and program leaders.

You can request the addition of books, journal subscriptions, or research databases.

Librarians by faculty

Faculty Librarian
Arts Desmond Maley
Education Ashley Thomson
Graduate Studies Alain Lamothe
Health Ashley Thomson
Management Alain Lamothe
Science Alain Lamothe
School Librarian
School of Architecture Jennifer Roy
Bharti School of Engineering Tomasz Mrozewski
School of Sports Administration Alain Lamothe

Library Representatives

Library representatives, selected by their colleagues, are the departmental/school/program contact persons. Library representatives are encouraged to assist librarians in developing a collection that will support the academic needs of students and the research needs of faculty.

Building the Collection


To ensure that the available budget is expended responsibly, we strongly encourage all ordering units to submit orders to their unit's library representative by the end of December. Library representatives will pass these orders on to the librarian responsible for each discipline.

Collection Principles

The Library normally does not purchase two copies of a book; it does not as a general rule purchase textbooks.

Reading Lists

Please send copies of your assignments/reading lists to the appropriate librarian so that the Library can determine whether the items are available. You will be contacted if there are any problems regarding specific titles.


The Library welcomes gifts of either money or materials and is prepared to offer a receipt for income tax purposes. Materials are added to the collection as appropriate.

Faculty Publications

If you have published a book, we would appreciate your donation of a signed copy for the Faculty Authors’ Collection and a second copy for circulation. All donations are acknowledged, and you will receive a charitable donation receipt upon request. We strive to make faculty publications available within a day of receipt. Contact: Ashley Thomson, ext. 3322.

Institutional Repository

The Laurentian University institutional repository, called LU|ZONE|UL, enables you to deposit electronic copies of your journal articles, creative works, presentations, and other scholarly materials to support open access to information and significantly increase the visibility and impact of your work. For more information, contact Ashley Thomson, ext 3322.


J.N Desmarais Library & Archives Policies


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 can request the addition of books, journal subscriptions, or research databases to the Laurentian University library collection.

You may also visit, phone or write:
Mr. Desmond Maley
Chair, Department of Library and Archives
705-675-1151 ext. 3323 or


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