Library News

December 22, 2020

Carleton University has enabled the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) available through HathiTrust. Through this service, current students, faculty, and staff at Carleton can read digitized versions of almost 500,000 in-copyright print items from the Library’s collection. This is in addition to the 6.7 million volumes of public domain works regularly available in HathiTrust.

More specifically, the Emergency Temporary Access Service works as follows:

  • Students, faculty, and staff can log in to HathiTrust and view all books that HathiTrust has verified as being held in the Library’s print collection, even if in copyright.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can search and read these books online. Books cannot be downloaded, in whole or in part. (The ability to download individual pages was removed by HathiTrust on May 28, 2020.)
  • When an ETAS book is accessed online, the book is “checked out” to that user and they will retain access to it for as long as they are actively using the book (i.e. loading new pages).
    • Specifically, a user who checks out a book has guaranteed access to it for the first 60 minutes. After that time, as soon as the user loads a new page the book is automatically checked out to them for another 60 minutes. However, if after the 60 minutes the user doesn't load a new page the book is considered inactive and someone else can check out the book. This continues every hour.
  • The physical copies of books available through ETAS cannot be consulted and cannot circulate through curbside pick-up or other means.

You can access this service here.

December 1, 2020

The Library's Course Reserve Service supports teaching and learning by providing access to required and supplementary course materials to students.

We are now accepting requests for winter 2021. Please note that with classes being taught online and students studying remotely, the Library’s Course Reserve Service will be for digital and online materials only. The library will not be providing a short term lending service for print and physical format materials in winter 2021. Curbside lending is not a viable or safe option for high demand course readings when students are working remotely.

As such, we are asking Instructors to avoid relying on the Library’s print collection when planning for winter. Please consider using materials from the Library’s digital collections.  Where copyright allows (or copyright permissions can be obtained), the course reserves team can digitize book chapters and excerpts (not entire books). The course reserves team can also license eBooks when they are available.

Please note that commercial textbook publishers  do not license textbooks to libraries. If you decide to use a textbook from a commercial publisher, there is a very good chance we will not be able to provide access to it, the only option will be for students to purchase the textbook.

Digitization of print and obtaining copyright permissions adds time to the processing of your requests, in consideration of this we urge you to start submitting your requests as soon as possible. Our staff are beginning to work on requests now to ensure that requests are ready for the start of the semester.

If you are planning to use films in your course for the winter term, please reach out to our staff as they can assist with locating titles.

To get started, submit your course outline/reading list to: If you have had material previously on reserve in Ares, please send an email to the same address with the details. Library staff will review the lists and let you know what we can make available electronically. In cases where materials are not available electronically we can provide advice on finding alternatives.

November 16, 2020

Join us November 16 to 19 for our first Ontario-wide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Days.

This free, online event is open to all levels of GIS knowledge. Students, staff, faculty, and the general public are welcome to attend. Visit the GIS Day main page for presentation topics, webinar links, and schedules.

Tune-in to lightning talk presentations, demonstrations, and tutorials throughout the week including:

  • The Geography of Pokémon Go.
  • How a Kiwi surveyor ends up doing GIS in Scotland.
  • GIS Applications in Astronomy.
  • Mapping Canadian Tornadoes.
  • Historical GIS and Virtual Environments for Immersive Gamed Pedagogy.

… and more!

It’s your chance to:

  • Discover how to take advantage of mapping technology in your research, education, or for your next job interview.
  • Check out the latest GIS projects and research.
  • Draw for one of our digital door prizes.
  • Join one of the networking sessions or the virtual trivia evening (November 18).

All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

November 9, 2020

We are excited to announce the opening of the Carleton RDC in the MacOdrum Library. This is the 33rd location of Canadian Research Data Centre Network - a partnership between a consortium of Canadian universities and Stats Canada.

These spaces provide university, government, and other approved researchers access to a vast array of social, economic, and health confidential microdata in secure computer facilities across the country.

The Carleton branch of the COOL Research Data Centre is located in MacOdrum Library, Room 121. There are restrictions and protocols in place due to COVID-19, and social distancing will be observed.

The Carleton RDC is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. You apply for access through the Microdata Access Portal. For more information, check out the CRDCN webpage. There is also information on requesting access here and a complete list of all available data sets here. If you need more information, contact the RDC analyst at

October 21, 2020

If you are an active user of the Web of Science, we’d like alert you to the opportunity to preview the upcoming new Web of Science interface, expected to be launched sometime in the first or early second quarter of 2021.

To access the preview, select the ‘Click here to access the preview’ link from the upper right in the main Web of Science search page. Accessing the preview will open it in a new browser tab, and not replace your current session. The preview will be available for feedback until November 30.

This preview version includes attempts to better address accessibility concerns, support faster page load times, introduces design improvements to streamline search workflows, and has been re-coded to better respond to ongoing feedback. We encourage you to submit your feedback using the feedback link found within the preview.

October 21, 2020

Alumni are now eligible for curbside pickup and mail delivery as well as scan on demand services at the Library. To use these services, simply follow the link and we'll be happy to help out.

October 20, 2020

Water has been restored to the building and the we are safely reopening both the facility and curbside pickup on Wednesday, October 21. 

Library Road is still partially closed to cars; however, the sidewalk is open and the library receiving door is accessible.

We have to temporarily move the curbside pickup location to the Library Foyer. There will be two spots dedicated in P1, labeled "library curbside pickup." Patrons will still call (343) 996-9167 upon arrival and instead will proceed to the Library Foyer.

For curbside pickup, you do not enter the building, otherwise you will have to complete the required screening. One of our staff will bring the materials out to the Library Foyer for you.

September 28, 2020

Finding journal articles in Omni just got a little easier.

When you search Omni, you will sometimes see multiple ways to access an article. If there is an open access (free) version of an article you are interested in, you will see "Open Access (full text) may be available."

Unpaywall is a non-profit service that maintains a database of links to full-text articles from open-access sources all over the world. Sometimes the open access version is not always identical to the commercially public version. Contact Research Support Services to help you if you have questions about open access versions of articles.

Don’t use Omni Search? You can also use the Unpaywall browser extension on Chrome or Firefox. This tool will indicate if an open access copy is available while you browse.

If Carleton Library does not have the article and Unpaywall can’t find it, please use our Interlibrary Loan service to request it. To learn more about open access, visit Open Access - Overview | MacOdrum Library.

September 25, 2020

We are now offering a Scan on Demand service. With this service, Carleton faculty, staff and students are now able to request portions of eligible library materials to be scanned. Once processed, the link to access your material will be sent to your Carleton email address.

At this time, Alumni and community borrowers are not eligible while we focus on the teaching and research needs of Carleton University faculty and students.

Eligible materials include chapters from books, articles, government documents and other print items in the collection, subject to certain limits defined by copyright. Scan on demand delivery is limited to one chapter per book, one article per journal volume, or an excerpt of 10% of a total work.

A limit of 10 requests may be submitted at one time.

How to Place a Request

  • Login to your Library Account 
  • In OMNI, search for an item in the library collection.
  • Select "Request Curbside Pick-up/Mail Delivery/Scan on Demand".
  • Complete form with any additional citation information, such as chapter or article title, and page numbers.
  • Accept the Copyright statement.
  • Click "Submit".

How Scan on Demand Delivery Works

  • Our staff will scan the document, if print item is available in the collection, within 2-4 business days from the time the request is placed.
  • You will receive an email with instructions to access your document using your MyCarletonOne account.

September 1, 2020

The following is a copy of the information contained in the memo distributed by Amber Lannon, University Librarian, to the Carleton University Graduate Students Association in response to their concerns regarding access to library collections.

Many thanks for the meeting we had on August 26, 2020 to discuss Graduate student concerns regarding access to library collections, as documented in your letter dated August 21, 2020. As agreed upon at that meeting, I am following up our discussion with a written response to be shared with graduate students.

Since the start of the pandemic, the library has been pursuing a number of strategies to provide equitable access to the collection. Access for both local and distance students is impacted by copyright legislation, licensing agreements, and the availability of materials in electronic format; however, we have quickly expanded the online collection and services to meet student needs in these unprecedented times.

In June, we became members of the HathiTrust Digital Library - a collaboration of the major research libraries in North America. Through Hathi’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) we have made 500,000 of our in-copyright print items available online. ETAS books are not available for borrowing through curbside (due to copyright restrictions). As such, the access to these items is the same for students in Ottawa and students studying remotely. ETAS books for the most part are not available in PDF format; however, in most cases HTAS is the only method for accessing these materials online and there are no alternatives. HTAS also allows Carleton students to access six million public domain works. It should be noted that University of Toronto, McGill, UBC and many other research libraries across North America have also activated HathiTrust’s ETAS since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to Hathi, the library has licenced the following ebook packages and resources in an effort to provide continued service during the COVID pandemic:

We have also purchased a number of single title eBooks to meet needs, in total spending over $140,000 on new materials since March. These new acquisitions compliment the 1.5 million ebooks and 200,000 electronic journals we had in our collection before COVID-19. The library’s eBooks and eJournals are available 24x7 through Omni.

For print materials that are not accessible through ETAS or for purchase as a licensed eBook, we are providing both a curbside pickup and mailing service. When we send materials by mail, the library provides a return label so that there is no cost for students who choose this option. Both students in Ottawa and studying remotely can choose delivery by mail.

In addition to these strategies, we are working on a new service to make the print collection more accessible. Scan-on-demand will allow students to request parts of books and journal articles, which will then be scanned at the library and sent by email. The amount of a work we can scan and email will be limited by fair dealing guidelines. This service will start soon (September) and will be announced on our website when it’s available.

While your letter references academic journals, these are mostly available in PDF format and should not present an issue for graduate students during this time, access to these resources is the same as before.

There are a few access issues that weren’t specifically mentioned your letter where we have done considerable work that I would also like to address:

  • One challenge of moving to online teaching for films studies and music pedagogy was access to streaming videos and media. As such the library licensed a number of new resources:
    • Audio Cine
    • Criterion on Demand
    • Naxos Video Library - Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries from performing arts labels such as Arthaus Musik, Dacapo, Dynamic, EuroArts, Hänssler Classic, Medici Arts, Naxos, Opus Arte and TDK.
  • While we were closed by provincial order, we were not able to provide access to Archival and Special Collections which are almost entirely in print. Currently ASC is scanning items where possible. Another service that is in development currently is a contactless ASC consultation service by appointment. For assistance with ASC resources contact:

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the following areas where the library has had a limited ability to provide access as they did before:

  • A category of resources that are mostly not available are commercial textbooks. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are unavailable to libraries in any other format than print because publishers will not license them to libraries. Open Educational Resources are an alternative to commercial textbooks.
  • While most libraries have been closed, we have only been able to Inter Library Loan (ILL) items in electronic format. We expect that as libraries reopen this fall, ILL will resume during the semester; however, the timing of this is not something we can influence other than to be a willing participant. For more information see the Ontario University Council’s statement on resource sharing.

Finally, I would encourage any Graduate student who is having difficulty with accessing a needed resource to contact the Librarian or Subject Specialist for their discipline for advice. Graduate students can also make purchase request suggestions for resources that are not in our collection. Library staff have continued to work from home throughout the pandemic and are available to advise graduate students on how to access needed resources.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for giving us an opportunity to respond; we look forward to continuing to work with GSA Executive on these and any other library issues. Our facility is now open for access to study space, wifi, technology, and our adaptive technology centre. We will continue to expand access as public health regulations allow so please check our website for the latest information.

Yours Sincerely,

Amber Lannon

University Librarian

MacOdrum Library

August 4, 2020

Notice to our library community:

The safety of the Carleton community, including our students, faculty and staff, is our top priority. We are following the advice of Environmental, Health and Safety with a carefully planned and phased approach to reopening the library facility, in accordance with Public Health guidelines.

Please note the following updates:

We are constantly evaluating the current situation and adapting to new guidelines. Updates to our plan will be posted to our website.

July 22, 2020

The Library is now accepting returns for items that have been checked out before the pandemic period.

Items can be returned to one of the book slots at the Library. There will be a delay of checking in materials owing to our new book handling procedures, so you may still see items on your account for up to five business days after the items are returned.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact

July 20, 2020

Library staff are working to ensure your teaching related needs for materials will be met for the start of the Fall term. 

With most students studying from a distance, we are prioritizing online materials for all new acquisitions.

Required course reading will be online only; we will not be offering a lending service for print format course materials .

We have enabled the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) available through HathiTrust. (more suited for individual research and not when something is a required course reading).

We offer curbside pick-up and mail delivery for our print collection (not suited for required course readings).

Not everything is online

Not everything is available for purchase in an online format. We work to meet the unique and differing needs of users from across all the faculties. Meeting these needs can sometimes take time. Please contact the Library as soon as possible with your requests

Commercial Textbooks

Most Canadian textbook publishers are not making textbooks available for institutional electronic use. Please contact for more information.

Videos and Films

For videos that you have normally shown in class:

In some cases we can license (purchase) an online version through Kanopy and other streaming services.

If not available through a streaming service, normally we need to seek permission from the producer to digitize the work and make it available online through CuLearn.  This work takes time; please contact the library as soon as possible with your requests.

If your need is for a required course reading or video contact:

For other collection inquiries, please contact

July 13, 2020

Archives and Special Collections and Corporate Records and Archives are taking part in an archival project to gather a massive collection of experiences and testimony about the Carleton community’s response to the pandemic. This project is also your opportunity to share your own experiences about the past few months. This archival project has been in the works and will continue as things develop.

Find out more about this project here.

June 24, 2020

The President recently announced that July 2nd and 3rd will be Appreciation Day Holidays at Carleton University. As such, there will be reduced library services on those days.

From July 1 to 5, there will be no pickup of curbside requests or mailing of items. We are asking that anyone looking to make a curbside request, submit their request by June 26 for pickup on June 29 and 30.

As there are classes in session, you can still contact the Ask-A-Librarian email with your online teaching, learning, and research questions. This account will be monitored July 2nd and 3rd.

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