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Omni expands access to physical collections across the province

In 2020, Laurentian University Library and Archives implemented a new academic search tool called Omni. Implementing Omni was part of a radical collaboration between 16 university partner libraries, with the goal of bringing you greater access to the collections available across these partners.

We’re pleased to announce that as of August 3rd, 2021, students, staff, and faculty can now use Omni to quickly and easily request shared physical resources from across all 16 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 23.5 million resources.

To request an item in Omni, login to your library account and perform a search in the Laurentian + Omni Libraries search. Omni searches across all 16 partners for that item and when it finds an available copy, you’ll be able to place a request, whether it is available at Laurentian University or not. Omni automatically finds the item at one of our partner libraries, who will then send it to Laurentian at no charge to you.  You will be notified when your item is ready for pickup and you will enjoy the same 120-day loan period, the same as if you were borrowing a Laurentian University item. While delivery times can vary due to a variety of factors, the anticipated average delivery time is 7 to 10 business days. Our goal is to reduce this delivery time as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and libraries return to business as usual.

RACER is still available for requested physical resources not available at any of the 16 Omni partners.

We’re excited to be able to offer our staff, faculty, and students access to request physical resources from across all Omni partner institutions.

For more information please send a message to or contact your liaison librarian.