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Hours of Operation

Days Hours
Monday to Thursday 10 am -10 pm
Friday 10 am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 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 of Operations: 705-675-1151 Ext. 3302 or

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

As the University Librarian (Mr. Roe) is working mainly off-campus in this period, you may more effectively reach him by e-mail at

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:

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 interlibrary loan service) 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 interlibrary loan service.

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 TBD
Education and Health Dan Scott (email) (book a research consultation)
Management Alain Lamothe (email) (book a research consultation)
Science, Engineering, & Architecture Alain Lamothe (email) (book a research consultation)
School Librarian
Architecture TBD

Natasha Gerolami - Associate Librarian

PhD (University of Western Ontario)
  • French language services
  • Information literacy (French)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Arts (French)
  • Liaison: Faculty of Education and Health (French)

Alain Lamothe - Associate Librarian

BSc. (Hons.) (Laurentian), MSc. (Laurentian), MLIS. (University of Western Ontario)
  • Chair, Library and Archives
  • Liaison: Faculty of Management
  • Liaison: Sciences and Engineering
  • E-resources analytics
  • Collection Development Coordinator
  • Information literacy (English)
  • Reference service coordinator
  • Gifts

Leïla Saadaoui - Assistant Librarian (on sabbatical)

BA. (Sorbonne nouvelle et Nanterre, Paris, France), MSI. (ÉBSI, Université de Montréal)

Dan Scott - Associate Librarian

B.A. English & Philosophy (Honours), Laurentian University; Masters of Information Studies (MISt), University of Toronto
  • Accessibility
  • Data and statistics
  • Government documents
  • Information systems and technology, including LU|Zone|UL (institutional repository)
  • Research data management
  • Scholarly communications and publishing
  • Technical services
  • Liaison, Faculty of Education and Health (English)

Book a research consultation

Ashley Thomson - Librarian Emeritus

BA. (Toronto), BEd. (Toronto), MA. (McMaster), MLS. (Toronto)

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 TBD
Education and Health Dan Scott (email) (book a research consultation)
Management Alain Lamothe (email) (book a research consultation)
Science, Engineering, & Architecture Alain Lamothe (email) (book a research consultation)
School Librarian
Architecture TBD

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: Alain Lamothe, ext. 3304.

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 Dan Scott, ext 3315.


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. Alain Lamothe

Chair, Department of Library and Archives
705-675-1151 ext. 3304 or


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