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Days Hours
Monday to Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 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.

Previous Exams

Warning: The exams that are contained in this collection are mostly very old and may be quite different from exams currently administered in Laurentian courses.  Unless a course instructor has specifically recommended that you consult a previous exam in this collection, it is inadvisable to assume that exams in this collection will be of any assistance in preparing you for an exam in a course in which you are currently enrolled.

Previous exams are hosted on LU Drive and they are not available in paper format anywhere in the Library and Archives.

Access to the exams on LU Drive (by way of the links below) is restricted to accounts. You will need to log in with your Laurentian account and use the "Switching accounts" button to access the folder.

  • Exams - English (PDF)

    Note: exams for PHYS1006 (2002), PHYS1007 (2003), PHYS2406 (2002), and PHYS2407 (2003) are password protected. Students registered in these courses can get the password from their professor or from the Department of Physics (Room F519).

  • Exams - French (PDF)

Course instructors: You may send previous exams to the Library and Archives in PDF format via email for inclusion in the Previous Exams collection for the use of students. Alternatively, even preferably, you might consider uploading previous exams on the D2L sites for your courses.

Zotero is a free, web-based citation manager that allows you to: 

  • Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
  • Manage and organize your references.
  • Create a bibliography.
  • Share your references with others
  • Add in-text citation and a bibliography directly into your assignment 

Getting started with Zotero:

Off-Campus Library Services

If you are a distance education student or on placement in your program and you reside 50 kilometres or more from Sudbury, you are eligible for Off-Campus Library Services.


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Graduate Students' Writing Circle - January 2020 2020-01-16 Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to sit down and actually start writing. Join us at the Graduate Students' Writing...
APA 7th edition citation style now available in Zotero 2020-01-14 As of January 1, 2020, Zotero upgraded the default APA Style to match the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the...
Library Workshops: Winter 2020 Term 2020-01-14 In the fall, we offered three workshops in English on a schedule circulated to the university: An Orientation to the Library...

Direct Borrowing

Students who visit other university libraries in Canada may borrow directly from these libraries with a valid student photo ID, and may return these books at Laurentian at no charge. For further details contact:

Interlibrary Loans - RACER

Students may obtain material not held in the J.N. Desmarais Library by using the RACER system.

You must register first to be authenticated using your Laurentian ID.

Generally, ILL material is free, although small charges may be incurred if books are not picked up or returned late.

Articles will be emailed to you upon arrival. Pick up books once you are notified by email they have arrived, at the User Assistance desk, second floor.

A book may only be borrowed once.  It may not be renewed or borrowed a second time.

For more information, please read our Interlibrary Loan policies, or email

Accessibility Services

Working in co-operation with Accessibility Services,  the J.N. Desmarais Library provides research and library services and assistive technologies to students with disabilities. For specific information,  please email Accessibility Services.

Centre for Academic Excellence

The Library is home to the University’s Centre for Academic Excellence, a hub of resources for students located on the second floor.  Its customized approach includes Academic Advantage, Learning Assistance, Degree Exploration and Career Planning, Student Engagement, and Tutor Training programs. For further information, please email

Research Help & general information

Library Hours 

Visit our Library User Assistance Desk on the second floor for research assistance, help with library services, and for general information about the Library.  You can also call us at extension 3242 from campus, or dial 705-675-4803 and press 1 from off campus.

Research Consultations

You can make an appointment with a Librarian or the Archivist for in-depth assistance with your research. Contact the Librarian responsible for your subject area.

Assistance by email

If you need assistance, you can also email the Librarian responsible for your subject area. We try to reply to email inquiries within one business day (Monday through Friday) of receiving your question.

If your question refers to the Special Collections housed in the archives, or pertains to an archival fonds, send your question to and the archives will answer it. Depending on the complexity of your request, it may take up to a month to satisfy your query.

J.N. Desmarais Library Lockers

The lockers at the J.N. Desmarais Library are available for daily use and are located on the 3rd floor of the library. The lockers are available to all Laurentian University students on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid student card must be presented in order to pick up the key at the “Library Assistance” counter.

There is no charge for locker use, but the user is responsible for any fines payable for not returning the key on time; the key is due back before the closing time of the library. A user is responsible for removing all items before returning the key.  All unclaimed items will be sent to Security.

The J.N. Desmarais Library is not responsible for any items stored in a locker. The user is responsible for his/her belongings; the use of a locker is at the user’s own risk. The J.N. Desmarais Library assumes no liability for any items stored in the lockers.