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Hours of Operation

Days Hours
Monday to Thursday 9 am -10 pm
Friday 9 am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm

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.

Contact us by telephone

Library Assistance: research help and general information: 705-675-4800

Manager of Operations: 705-675-1151 Ext. 3302 or

University Librarian (Library Director): 705-675-4841

As the University Librarian (Mr. Roe) is working mainly off-campus in this period, you may more effectively reach him by e-mail at

About the Library

The Library & Archives at Laurentian's Sudbury campus is accessed from the second floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library building.

The JN Desmarais Library & Archives 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.Photo of exterior of J.N. Desmarais Library

There are group study rooms and a variety of seating and work spaces.

The Laurentian Library & Archives also encompasses the Archives and Special Collections, the Architecture Collection at the McEwen School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury, 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:

For assistance with your research, contact your librarian.

For inquiries related to Inter-Library loans (RACER):

For students and professors at a distance (off campus services):

To reach the staff of the Archives:

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 interlibrary loan service) 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 interlibrary loan service.

I wish you a productive and rewarding year!

Read Brent's complete message.

Brent Roe,

University Librarian