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- Library Instruction - Information Literacy
- Floor Plans
- Access to Resources @ LU
- Collection Development
- Reserve Material
- Getting Material not held @ LU
Orientation and Instruction
The Library’s core workshops have been mounted in the Links section of our new home page under the heading "Research Skills Tutorial."
Senate regulations require that these workshops “be integrated as a required component into each undergraduate program in the earliest-level course (or courses) that expect(s) the use of the library." However, we encourage you to make these workshops a compulsory part of any course requiring the use of library resources. The workshops teach students library fundamentals; they require no class time on your part; they may be done at any time by students; and best of all, once they have been done, they need not be done again as students can print off as many certificates as they require. Students need the information in these workshops if they are to exploit the library to the fullest. If you would like your own password, please contact the E-Learning Office, ext. 3962.
In addition to the online workshops, special in-class instruction in your discipline is also available. To make your arrangements, contact Ashley Thomson at ext. 3322. For instruction about the Archives, contact Marthe Brown, ext 3339.
The Library has small rooms available that may be reserved on special occasions for classes. Contact the Borrower Services Desk, ext. 4800.
The Brenda Wallace Computer Centre, which has 25 terminals, is available for your classes. To book, contact Ashley Thomson, ext. 3322.
Photo Identification Cards
Photo identification cards are the property of Laurentian University and are used by University faculties, services and staff to identify you as a member of Laurentian and to give access to campus services. These include library privileges, photocopier use, cafeteria, and entrance to the gym. For faculty, these cards are available at no charge.
An institutional repository (IR) is a database with a set of services to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute a university's scholarly research in digital formats. As a general rule, IR technology has been developed to support the open access model of dissemination. Laurentian’s institutional repository LU|Zone|UL has distributed and preserved the scholarly work of LU faculty, in addition to Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, since 2007.
Faculty may borrow a maximum of 50 books. Books are due 120 days from the date of borrowing, and are subject to recall after 3 weeks if requested by another borrower, or after 3 days if required for Reserve.
Faculty may renew books once using the My Account link in the catalogue; for additional renewals, books must be presented at the Borrower Services Desk.
Late returns are subject to a fine of $0.50 per day per item. For more information, please contact Borrower Services.
For items with a loan period of more than 4 days, a reminder notice will be sent to the email address associated with your library system account before the item is overdue. Two overdue notices will be sent to the same email address after the item is overdue. After an item is more than 30 days overdue, you will be sent another notice, and a $5 fine will be applied to your account.
Your LU Library Account
Login to your library account through the catalogue to renew your books, to see which books you have out, to place holds, and to verify whether you have fines owing.
Your username and password are the same as your GroupWise and D2L account.
If you do not know your password, click the "Forgot your password" link below the login screen.
The reserve collection, periodicals, the reference collection, newspapers, as well as indexes and abstracts are located on the second floor.
Circulating books, recreational paperbacks, atlases and the government documents collection are located on the third.
The Archives, located on the first floor of the Desmarais Library, houses the following special collections: Regional; Faculty; Mining Environment Vertical Files; Rare Books; 4th Years Honours Essay and Theses; and Archives.
The J.N. Desmarais Library also contains several specialized collections spread throughout the building such as the Collection franco-ontarienne and the Mining Environment collection.
E-books are a terrific new resource that the library in acquiring, largely because they may be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection.
They are located in two different places:
Access to the Collections
Access to Laurentian’s library collections starts with the catalogue. Electronic collections are also available from off-campus through our proxy server. For faculty, the default log-in and password are your Novell log-in and password. For assistance, contact Information Technology, 706-675-1151, ext. 2200.
Books within the library are accessible through the catalogue in various ways including by author, title and subject. So too are all the special collections housed in the Archives as well as government documents . If you need help finding government information in print or online, consullt Mr. Tomasz Mrozewski, ext. 3325.
Periodical articles are found using online indexes and abstracts from the library’s home page from on- and off-campus. For recommended databases and other online and print resources by subject, click on the "Databases" link on the home page.
The library subscribes to over 50,000 periodicals in full-text electronic format. For those available only in print or in microformat, use the catalogue to see whether the J.N. Desmarais Library has the periodical title containing the article you want. Like books, periodicals In print are organized on the shelves by Library of Congress call number; periodicals in microformat are organized by title.
The archival fonds are all on or from Northern Ontario. These primary sources mostly pertain to (by alphabetical order) : Arts, culture and communications media; Clubs & social organizations; Economy; Education; Labour; Mining industries and related activities; Politics & Politicians; Population & socio-ethnic groups; Religious communities; and Sudbury.
Finding aids for Laurentian’s archival fonds are most easily accessed from the Archives or contact Ms. Marthe Brown, ext. 3339.
DVD's and Interfilm
All DVD's formerly in the Instructional Media Centre have been moved to the 2nd floor and equipment is available on site to view such films.
If you wish a DVD or VHS tape for class purposes, please search the Watmedia Catalogue to ensure it is available--and then email Laurentian Interfilm with the specifics of your request, including the date(s) you will need the item. Plan ahead a couple of weeks before submitting your request. For more information, contact Ashley Thomson, ext 3322.
Topographical maps for the country and base maps for Ontario are located in the geography department.
The library has a large collection of 33 1/3 rpm (long play) recordings comprised mostly of classical music from the baroque era through to the twentieth century.
There also is a selection of jazz and popular music recordings. The loan period is one week.
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
The library places material on reserve for courses at the request of faculty. Use the Online Reserve Form to have books or DVDs from the library's collection placed on reserve. You may also put personal copies on reserve.
To ensure that the material you want is available when needed, please contact the Access Services Desk at least 1 week ahead of time. If any item must be ordered from a supplier, please allow at least 2 extra weeks for the order to be processed.
Articles and book chapters
Please use D2L to post any articles or chapters required for your course readings.
Detailed guidelines for the Reserve collection are available from the Access Services Desk, ext. 4800. For further information, contact Lise Seguin, ext 3336.
Interlibrary Loans - RACER
For material not held in the J.N. Desmarais Library, use RACER.
Normally articles are emailed to your GroupWise account. Books must be picked up at the Borrower Services Desk.
Please note that you must register before launching your first request.
There is generally no charge to obtain either books or articles although small changes apply if ordered items are not picked up within three weeks.
A book may only be borrowed once. It may not be renewed or borrowed a second time. Books which are not returned on time also incur a charge of $1.00 per each day overdue.
For further information contact Ashley Thomson, ext. 3322.
Faculty who visit other university libraries in Canada may borrow directly from these libraries with a valid ID card, and may return their books at Laurentian at no charge. For information, please contact email@example.com.
One Card Loader
Located on the second floor in the "Learning Commons", the OneCard loader will allow you to replenish your LU ID card. You can redeem money from your card throughout the campus at various photocopiers, printers, vending machines, coffee shops and the cafeteria.
One card printers are located in the Learning Commons on the second floor. Printing is available in black & white or colour. Once the document is sent to the printer, simply swipe your card at the one card copier and your copy will be released.
You can scan from any of the library photocopiers and email the output to yourself. There is no charge for the use of this and it is capable of scanning in black & white, grey, or colour. For help using the photocopiers to scan, please ask for help at the Borrower Services Desk.
An in-house phone which reaches university numbers is available near the book bin on the first floor.
New equipment has been placed in the Microform section of the second floor, which gives you the option of converting pages on microform to .pdf documents.
USB Charging Station
Plug your cable into our USB charging station to top up your phone or tablet - located by the vending machine.
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.
To request the addition of books, journal subscriptions, or research databases to the Laurentian University library collection - use the form at https://biblio.laurentian.ca/research/content/please-buy
If you have a suggestion you may visit, phone or write:
Chair, Department of Library and Archives
ext. 3315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ext. 4841 or email@example.com