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News from the Library and Archives


An FAQ on the library & archives home page outlines changes to services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among the highlights:

  • Please help by not returning any items until after we re-open. Book drops outside the J.N. Desmarais Library and University of Sudbury remain open but we encourage you to keep any items until we re-open, just renew them online.
  • The library will not charge overdue fees on items from March 11 to April 30, and you can renew items indefinitely
  • Interlibrary loan is available only for electronic resources


Elimination of the previous exams database

In March, Senate directed the library to remove the previous exams database from the library website. The exams in the database were largely outdated and often failed to reflect the content or approach used in current courses. Senate instead encourages professors to share sample exams with their students on D2L or through other means. 



While the library canceled its subscription to the Project Muse collection of over 700 journals, it has subscribed to the 34 journals published by the University of Toronto Press.


Tip: finding the article for a citation

One of the fastest ways to find an article when you only have a citation is through the library’s Scholarly Articles search:

  • Click the Scholarly Articles tab
  • Type the TITLE of the article and click the search icon. A special Google Scholar search opens.

If the article is in the library’s collection, you can click Get full text to sign in through the proxy to retrieve it. (This feature is NOT available if you start directly with Google Scholar)


Additional electronic content

During the COVID-19 crisis, many publishers are offering complementary or extended access to parts of their collections, including:

Our list of free database trials shows databases that are temporarily available.



While the Libraries are closed, we are following Public Health Sudbury & Districts guidelines on social distancing and are therefore not able to provide access to archival materials at this time.

For any reference question concerning the Archives, you may email or