Library News

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.

June 12, 2020

MacOdrum Library is now offering a limited curbside pickup & mailing service for print materials in our collection. This service is guided by the key principle of protecting the health and safety of our community and by the advice of Environmental Health and Safety and Public Health.

In this first phase only materials not available online will be eligible for a contactless pickup or mailing for students, faculty and staff.

Faculty, staff, and students can start placing requests today and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We cannot predict a turnaround time for this new service. Many thanks for your patience. For more details and to make a request:

The library building remains closed at this time. Please note that curbside pickup does not mean the resumption of interlibrary loans for print materials. With most libraries still closed and focussed on providing service to their own community, interlibrary loans continue to be available only for online materials.

May 20, 2020

Carleton University is now a member of HathiTrust, a digital repository of millions of books, serials, and other materials from research institutions and libraries from around the world.

Through HathiTrust you can now access digitized copies of over 6 million public-domain works.

In addition, for a limited time you can also access digitized copies of almost 500,000 in-copyright works from Carleton's print collection.

Access to in-copyright materials is temporary. This access is provided through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service, a service that is only available while the Library’s print collection is not available for circulation or consultation due to the current COVID-19 situation.

To access HathiTrust, see: HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

If you need any help with HathiTrust, let us know!

May 4, 2020

Ordering print materials is on currently on hold as we are not able to receive them. Ordering and receiving digital resources has continued. To recommend a new resource please fill out the Purchase Suggestion form and we will work to find a digital version.  Please note that not all materials are available electronically.

If your request is for course reserves please contact our Access Services Team.

While the library building is closed, all digital and electronic holdings are accessible through Omni.

April 30, 2020

Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon and Provost Jerry Tomberlin are pleased to announce the appointment of Amber Lannon as University Librarian.
Lannon has served as Carleton’s Interim University Librarian since Jan. 1, 2020. She joined Carleton in July 2016 as Associate University Librarian (Academic Services). In this role, she was responsible for a significant portfolio that included the Research Support Services, Access Services, and Archives and Research Collections departments.
“I congratulate Amber on this appointment and look forward to continuing to work together,” said Tomberlin. “She is an excellent choice for this role and has already proven to be a valuable part of our academic leadership team. On a personal note, I have been impressed by what she has accomplished as Interim University Librarian during the last four months, especially given the unprecedented challenges we are all facing due to the public health crisis.”
Lannon has a wide breadth of experience with managing large teams in an academic library setting. Prior to joining Carleton, she held various leadership roles at McGill University’s library. She served as the Head of Operations, and later as the Head Librarian, in the Humanities and Social Sciences branch before taking on the Acting Associate Dean of User Services role where she oversaw nine branches and led program development. 
Lannon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as the University Librarian and I look forward to serving the Carleton community in the years ahead,” said Lannon. “The library team is exceptional and truly committed to students and faculty, which has never been more evident than during the public health crisis we are navigating together.”
Tomberlin chaired the advisory search committee that was comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, librarians, faculty and staff members.
“The advisory search committee was unanimous in its recommendation and highlighted Amber’s commitment to Carleton students and researchers, her considerable experience and her collaborative and supportive leadership qualities,” said Tomberlin. “On behalf of the committee, I thank everyone from the Carleton community who contributed to the consultation process that helped to inform the work of the committee during this search process.”

April 30, 2020

MacOdrum Library invites you to an open house “Ask Us Anything” on Thursday May 7th from 12-1 PM via ZOOM for all Instructors and Faculty teaching this summer.

Representatives from the library will be available to answer any questions you have for the upcoming semester about reserves, copyright, research, data, and GIS and more.

Please register in advance

If you can’t make it please, visit MacOdrum’s Research Help page to contact your Subject Librarian about ways we can help you.

April 18, 2020

Recently we extended the due dates of library material until May 31st as the Library Building is still closed due to COVID-19. If you have returned material recently, the items will still appear on your library account as items are currently not being check in. Rest assured, once we open we will be processing all items and there will be no charges associated with this period. 

If you still have library materials checked out please hold on to them if you are in the Ottawa area until we reopen. If you are leaving Ottawa, please drop them off to one of the return slots located either on Library Road or near the front entrance. They will be checked in once the building is open again.

If you have interlibrary loan items that you received before we closed, please follow the same guidelines as above. 

For students who returned home earlier this term and have items from the library, you will be able to drop them off to your closest university library in Ontario once they begin to open.

For graduating students:

If you still have materials checked out on your Library account this will not impact your graduation.

Please return your library materials if you are leaving Ottawa at the end of term. Once the Library building is open, staff will contact you should be any questions or items still on your Library Account then.

Thanks very much for your patience during this time and reaching out with questions.

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