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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.

Please know, as well, that the Library and Archives staff is here to help you with your library and Internet research. If you're not sure what kind of information you need or how to find it, come talk to us-that's what we're here for.  Of course, these days, you don't have to come to the Library User Assistance desk in the Desmarais building: you can also reach us by phone (705-675-1151 ext. 4800 or by contacting the librarian responsible for your subject area.  As well, use our live chat reference service provided by Library staff from several Ontario university libraries. It's called Ask the Library (look for the tab in the lower right corner of library web pages) and it’s available in both English and French well into the evening.  

To help you get started in your research for your course assignments, we also have a range of discipline-specific research guides assembled by our librarians on our website.  Start here for recommendations on the most important journal article databases for your subject, among other helpful information.

The Desmarais Library building is one of the best places to study at Laurentian.  We have hundreds of comfortable chairs and tables for studying, as well as several group study rooms.  When deadlines are looming, remember that the third floor of Desmarais is probably much quieter than residence!  The beautiful Brenda Wallace Reading Room, generously provided by the Fielding family, you might even be able to grab a quick nap between classes (yes, it is a “reading” room, but we won't wake you if you nod off)-and there's even a Starbucks in the building if you need a jolt of caffeine before plowing through the next chapter. 

By the way, the “Library Lounge,” a large room on the third floor of Desmarais, can be booked for student events (ideally events with an element of intellectual exchange—it’s a library, after all!) such as discussions and debates, film projections, presentations, guest speakers, club meetings, etc.  Come take a look.  To book the space, contact the Library Administration Office (705-675-1151 x3302).

Welcome to the Library and Archives and best of luck with your courses!

To faculty colleagues 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.

While the Library and Archives provides the traditional books and journals (and archival fonds), do recall that we also provide access to vast amounts of social, economic, GIS and other kinds of data, along with the tools and expertise to help you use them. 

Our librarians look forward to working with you to provide instruction for your students in library/Internet research as well as in the evaluation, responsible use and citation of sources.  Again, please contact the liaison librarian designated for your faculty.

To help you disseminate more broadly the results of your research and respond to open access requirements of research funders, we encourage you to post a copy of your articles (many publishers now allow this, subject to certain requirements) on LU Zone UL, Laurentian's open access digital repository. We can also assist you with the archiving and sharing of your research data: we are now a DataCite partner of the National Research Council and can provide you with a DOI for a dataset that you may wish to register (contact librarian Desmond Maley for more information).

I look forward to seeing many of you in one setting or another this coming year.  Please don't hesitate to let me know what you need from Laurentian's Library and Archives.

I wish you a productive and rewarding year!

Brent Roe
University Librarian