Games @ Your Library

Discover the library’s games collection! It includes contemporary video and board games that support a wide variety of programs at Carleton such as computer animation, video effects, game design, 3D visualization, and so much more.

Board games can be borrowed from the Reserves desk for 14 days (with 3 renewals). Simply browse the Games Binder to make your selection and staff will retrieve it for you. Or, you can browse our game titles online.

Planning a games night is the perfect excuse for a causal laid-back night with your friends and it all starts @ your library!

Carleton community free access to

The Carleton community now has access to an ongoing and free license to, an online learning resource with high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized experts. There are over 1,400 video tutorials available on a broad range of topics.

You can access these videos using your Carleton credentials.

New Database: The Journal Blacklist

The Journal Blacklist was created to inform the academic community of the growing number of predatory publishers. The searchable database flags journals that are probable threats, and provides a complete record of when and why a journal has been put on the blacklist.

Seeking Faculty Input and Feedback: Collection Maintenance Project

Research Support Services has responsibilities in collection management and maintenance in the Library. As stated in the Library’s Weeding Policy “weeding is an essential component of Carleton University’s collection development and management activity, helping to ensure that the overall collection is relevant and useful to users.”

The main goals are to reduce duplication in the collection, transition our serial holdings from print to online where feasible, and remove material that may no longer meet our collection criteria or support University programs. Weeding identifies gaps in the collection, so new materials can be purchased aligning the collection with the university’s goals and mission.  We have room for new collections by ensuring that low-use resources are discarded or transferred to the storage facility. Currently 19% of our collections on floors 3 through 5 have not circulated in 20 years or more.

This year, the Library’s subject specialists will focus primarily on weeding floors 3, 4, and 5 of MacOdrum in order to prepare for further renovation and building upgrades to meet ongoing user needs. The target of collections management this year is to evaluate those materials that have not circulated in the last 20 to 25 years.

Some disciplines may be concerned about this process, the type of books this may effect, or have questions. We welcome your input and feedback on this process while we focus on finishing this project by the middle of August. Some disciplines may have questions about this process; please contact your subject specialists and librarians by June 22, 2018 for assistance.

If you would like to know more about the weeding process, please see the Library’s Weeding Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact your subject specialist or librarian responsible for your department.

Database Downtime: Emerald Journals

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. It will begin at 4:00 am and last for up to 12 hours.

During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode and the following functions will not be available:

  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Receiving alerts
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’
  • Searching

The downtime will affect all Emerald Engineering and Emerald Management journals.

The emerging technology collection has moved to Library Reserves desk

Carleton Library maintains a growing collection of emerging technology to support student and faculty research, teaching and learning.

The collection is made up of development boards, cameras, video game development tools, virtual and augmented reality devices, and much more. You can look through the complete collection by visiting the Emerging Technology Collection webpage.

To borrow an item, visit the Library Reserves Desk on the main floor of the Library. Items can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period.

Questions? Contact the Library Reserves Desk at or 613-520-2600 x2533.

Another Successful Food For Fines Campaign!

We held our annual Food for Fines campaign from April 16 - 23, 2018. The Carleton community donated 493 items to the CUSA Food Centre and we waived the equivalent of $681.50 in library fines.

Featured here are (left to right), Malika Abdurahimova, Vince Bugler, and Apoorva Peri of the Library’s Access Services Department.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Database Downtime: ProQuest Ebook Central

Due to scheduled maintenance ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable for approximately five hours beginning Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10 p.m.

Currently on Trial: Critical and Radical Social Work

Critical and Radical Social Work promotes debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes and welcomes contributions that consider the definition of social work and social work professionalism, ways in which organic and 'indigenous' practice can expand concepts of the social work project and alternative and radical histories of social work activity.

The trial expires on June 15, 2018.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

Food for Fines is back!

From April 16-23, bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2 in Library fines for every item donated (to a maximum of $20.00 or 10 items per person).

Donations will be received at the Library Service Desk during regular hours of service. All food collected will go the CUSA Food Centre to help students in need.

Acceptable food donations include non-perishable canned or packaged food (please no candy).

Please note: If you don't owe any library fines but wish to donate food you may do so, but the waiver cannot be used as a credit for future fines.

For more information please contact: Mizthika Sanjeevan, Patron Accounts Coordinator, Access Services at

Children's Maps of the World

Don’t miss a selection of children’s map drawings from the Barbara Petchenik biennial map competition, located in the South Wing Hallway of the Library until May.  This competition was created by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in 1993 and aims to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. Each year, winners from around the world are selected and announced at the ICA conference and are later archived by the library. For more information:

Technology workshops @ Library Discovery Centre

3D printing 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Tuesday March 20, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre gaming lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

This session will cover:

  • Overview of different types of 3D printer and how they work
  • 3D print materials: properties and applications
  • 3D modelling basics
  • Common 3D printing issues and solutions
  • Quick demo of 3D print process
  • Questions

Raspberry pi 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Monday March 26th, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre learning lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment to use at the session or borrow from the Library emerging technology collection

This session will cover:

  • Getting started: hardware and software installation
  • Operating system: Raspbian basics
  • Tips and tricks
  • Sample projects
  • Questions

Arduino 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Tuesday March 27, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre learning lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment to use at the session or borrow from the Library emerging technology collection

This session will cover:

  • Arduino web editor and Arduino software
  • Arduino programming basics
  • Arduino libraries
  • Tips and tricks
  • Sample projects
  • Questions

‘To What Degree?’ Photo Display

MacOdrum Library is pleased to welcome the travelling photo Display: “To What Degree? Canada in a Changing Climate.” Created in partnership with the Government of Canada and Canadian Geographic, this display tells of the unique ways that people and ecosystems within Canada are adapting to our changing climate. By using compelling photography and minimal text, these stories explore individual and community resilience in the face of extreme events. Even in the face of heat, storms, wildfires, and changes in livelihood due to habitat shifts, possibilities still exist for improved quality of life. Enjoy the display in the Alumni Reading Room, located on the main floor of the library until mid-April.

Exhibit: Metropolitan Nomads

Using photography and an ethnographic approach, the library’s newest exhibit Metropolitan Nomads: A Journey through Joburg’s Little Mogadishu takes an intimate look at the everyday life of Somali migrants in Johannesburg, where collective stories of migration and survival interweave with the individual desires and hopes of seeking a better life outside a country shattered by decades of internal conflict.

Metropolitan Nomads is a collaborative project between researcher Nereida Ripero-Muriiz and documentary photographer Salym Fayad. It is located on the gallery wall on the main floor of the library until mid-April.

Freedom to Read Week Banned Book Readings

Come by Room 252 in the Library at noon on Tuesday February 27 to take part in some of Freedom to Read Week activities. We’ll be hosting a banned book reading where members of the Carleton University community can pick a passage from their favorite banned book to read to the crowd. There may even be Harry Potter readings. You can register to read by emailing

We’ll have food on hand for everyone and Freedom to Read Week swag for our readers.

Are you interested in learning more about Virtual and Augmented Reality?

The Gaming Lab in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library) offers drop-in sessions Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

VR / AR headsets available to use are:

  • Oculus rift
  • PlayStation VR PS4
  • HTC Vive
  • Hololens

Specific applications can also be demonstrated upon request including Google tilt brush.

The Gaming Lab can also be booked via Portal. Please indicate in your booking if you require VR headsets.


Borrowing VR headsets

A variety of VR headsets are also available for two-week loan from the Emerging Technology Collection, ITS helpdesk in the Discovery Centre. Try out the Google Daydream, Samsung Gear and BOBOVR Z4.

New Business Resource: Wharton Research Data Services

A new business platform has been added to the Library’s holdings. Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a research platform and business intelligence tool that allows researchers to easily retrieve information from a wide variety of financial, economic, and marketing data sources.

Registration is required and instructions for use are outlined at, along with a list of resources included in WRDS.

Data provided through the various sources available will be of interest to faculty and researchers in a number of FPA departments - Economics, NPSIA, Political Science, Journalism and Communication.