Library News: Events

February 20, 2019

Each year, the Library hosts an activity in support of Freedom to Read Week. This is a fun event, but one with an important message: freedom to read, freedom to express yourself, and anti-censorship.

We always have an exhibit and we always have public readings from books which have been banned or challenged. This year, not only will people be reading from banned books, but they will be reading passages which are in themselves potentially controversial. We want to demonstrate that all these ideas and ways of expressing them, either in factual prose or in imaginary literature, have as much of a place in the public sphere as any other text that is more acceptable to a larger mass of people.

We’ve developed a list of books, but you may know your own. And of course if you can’t or don’t want to read, feel free to attend.

Please forward this invitation to students in your areas.

The event takes place February 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the main floor of the Library. Stop by.


September 13, 2018

Carleton University will host a welcome event to honor two scholars, Mustafa Bahran and Rahim Surkhi. The professors are part of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program and their appointments were arranged in partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF).

The scholars will participate in a panel, Dangerous Scholars, and will discuss their perilous journeys to Carleton and their academic backgrounds, as well as their perspectives on academic freedom. The panel will be moderated by James R. King, assistant director of IIE-SRF.

The event will take place Wednesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. on the main floor of MacOdrum Library.

The SAR program supports academics who are at risk in their home countries and offers them a unique opportunity to teach and interact with colleagues and students in safe environments. The Carleton SAR Committee works with the SAR network, the Scholar Rescue Fund and other organizations dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.


September 12, 2018

"When every guest had been welcomed and was finally inside the gate, there were songs, dances, music, games, and, of course, food and drink. There were three official meals: lunch, tea, and dinner (or supper). But lunch and tea were marked chiefly by the fact that at those times all the guests were sitting down and eating together. At other times there were merely lots of people eating and drinking — continuously from elevenses until six-thirty, when the fireworks started."

- 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' By J. R. R. TOLKIEN

MacOdrum Library will bring songs, dance, music, and, of course, food and drink to our Homecoming event.

Join us on September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. for an event to remember. Register here.


August 31, 2018

If you’re new to Carleton or looking for a refresher on the services offered in the MacOdrum Library, join us for one of the tours we will be giving throughout the month of September.

Come learn about our graphic novel collection, where to get research help, the Discovery Centre, group study rooms, Uncle Steven the Library Therapy Dog and lots more.

There is no need to register beforehand, just show up to the help desk on the main floor at either of the times listed below:

  • Thursday, September 6 @ 2 p.m.
  • Friday, September 7 @ 1 p.m.

August 30, 2018

On September 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Library will be hosting a tour for International students. In this tour, participants will learn how to navigate the Library and its main service points.

Any students interested in attending should register here and meet in Room 252 on the 2nd floor of the Library before the tour starts.


April 30, 2018

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.


April 6, 2018

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 mizthika.sanjeevan@carleton.ca.