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Hours of Operation
|Monday to Thursday||10am - 10pm|
|Friday||10am - 5pm|
|Saturday and Sunday||12pm - 6pm|
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.
Service is available in French and English.
Contact us by telephone
Library Assistance: research help and general information: 705-675-4800
Access Services Supervisor: 705-675-1151 Ext. 3336
Access Services Evening Supervisor: 705-675-1151 Ext. 1400
Services for Distance Education Students: 1-800-461-4030 Ext. 3317
Administration office: 705-675-1151 Ext. 3302
The University Librarian (Library Director): 705-675-4841
About the Library
The Library at Laurentian's Sudbury campus is accessed from the second floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library building.
The JN Desmarais Library 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.
There are group study rooms and a variety of seating and work spaces.
The Laurentian Library also encompasses the Archives and Special Collections, the Architecture Collection at the School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury, a satellite collection at Barrie’s Georgian College 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: email@example.com
For assistance with your research, contact your librarian.
For inquiries related to Inter-Library loans (RACER): firstname.lastname@example.org
For students and professors at a distance (off campus services): email@example.com
To reach the staff of the Archives: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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Cindy Derrenbacker - Assistant Librarian
- Liaison: School of Architecture
Desmond Maley - Associate Librarian
- Liaison: Faculty of Arts
- Collection development coordinator
Tomasz Mrozewski - Assistant Librarian
- Liaison: Faculty of Science, Engineering
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Government Documents
Jennifer Roy - General Librarian
- Liaison: Faculty of Education
- French Services Librarian
Dan Scott - Associate Librarian
- Liaison: Faculty of Management
- Systems librarian
- Library assistance coordinator
- Technical services coordinator
Ashley Thomson - Full Librarian
- Liaison: Faculty of Health
- Institutional Repository
- Interlibrary Loan coordinator
- Distance education coordinator
- Secondary School Instruction
Marthe Brown - Assistant Archivist
Leïla Saadaoui - General Librarian
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.
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
J.N Desmarais Library & Archives Policies
- Collection Development Policy (pdf file) - to view specific details of the Collection Development Policy.
- Donation Policy (pdf file)
- Policy on the Access and Loan of Library Materials(pdf file) - to find out the specifics on loan periods, renewals, and charges
- Library Code of Conduct (pdf file)
- Brenda Wallace Reading Room and Computer Centre Usage Policy (pdf file)
- Copyright at Laurentian University
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. Dan Scott
Chair, Department of Library and Archives
705-675-1151 ext. 3315 or email@example.com
Mr. Brent Roe
705-675-1151 ext. 4841 or firstname.lastname@example.org