Library News

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.

April 1, 2020

In order to help libraries support the teaching, learning, and research that continues to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, several publishers and content providers have generously made content available free of charge for a limited time.

These collections will no doubt be helpful in providing access to content that would have normally been accessed in print at the Library or through interlibrary loan. 

However, given that access to these resources will be temporary, we recommend that faculty and instructors contact the Library before integrating any of this free content in course reading lists, assignments, or other ongoing teaching or research activities.

If you need something added to your course reading list, please contact

For other collection inquiries, please contact 

The following provides a select list of temporarily expanded or freely available resources to support online teaching and learning. We will add to this list as things become available:

Name Access Scope Duration of Access
Academic Search Ultimate (Ebsco),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=asn

Collection of peer-reviewed, full text journal (over 9000 full text) Through to June 15, 2020
AccessEngineering (McGraw Hill)

Username: carletonu

Password: accessengineering

Access to AccessEngineering database Through to May 31, 2020
Bloomsbury Digital Resources Access to ebooks and archives in a variety of subjects including art, education, history, music, philosophy, law, religion etc. Through to May 31, 2020
Business Source Ultimate (Ebsco),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bsu Provides peer-reviewed, full text journals & other resources that provide historical info and current trends in business Through to June 15, 2020
Ebsco Academic Subscription Collection (ebooks),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e000xna Full text ebooks across many subjects: business & economics, humanities, education, social science, philosophy, technology & engineering Through to June 15, 2020
JOVE Temporary free access of Science Education videos

Through to June 15, 2020

Project Muse- Variety of presses Look for “Free” green icon beside results after search within the database Temporary free content to books and/or journals from John Hopkins U Press, U of Nebraska Press, U of North Carolina Press, Temple U Press, and Vanderbilt U Press plus others as time

Varies by publisher

VitalSource Students sign up for a free account using their Carleton email

Free access to various e-textbooks

Through to May 25, 2020



March 29, 2020

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

Currently accessible resources include:

Temporarily unavailable resources include:

  • Some print materials (books, journals, maps and atlases, etc.)
  • CD, DVD, and Emerging Technology collections
  • Board game and video game collections
  • Ottawa Resource Collection, archival collections, and rare books collection
  • Ares Course Reserves in print format


Follow these tips to retrieve materials in OMNI that you can access right away:

  • Searching directly from the library homepage will retrieve results in both physical and digital formats. 

To find online resources only, select the “Available Online” filter in OMNI. This will remove all physical format materials from your search results.

  • Some keyword searches will suggest some recommend databases for you. Alternatively, use the Databases link on the library homepage or directly in OMNI, to search individual electronic databases. 

Found a resource that you aren’t sure is available electronically? If it looks like we don’t have access to an electronic copy or if you require further help, we are here for you!

  • When viewing a print resource in Omni, click on the link under “How to Get It” to submit a request for electronic format. Our Interlibrary Loan team may be able to locate a digital copy for you.

The Library is here for you! We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to library services.

March 23, 2020

During the COVID-19 service disruption, the Library building is closed.

The Library's online resources remain accessible, and research support is still available online.

See below for more information on changes to our services.


Getting help at the Library

To contact or get help at the library, please use e-mail, online chat, or texting services.

The library's voice phone lines are not being monitored.

For circulation and service questions, please contact us at

For research support, see Get help from the Library for your online teaching, learning, and research.

For more contact options for various library services or departments, please see the changes listed see below.


Accessing Library Resources

See: Accessing Library Resources During Library Building Closure

***New Service: Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery of Print Collection***

Carleton University Library is now offering curbside pick-up and mail delivery for our print collection while the library facility is closed.  This service is guided by public health recommendations and the province's essential services order.  Eligible items in the first phase are those that are in our collection and not available from HathiTrust Temporary Access Service (HTAS) and online (eBook). 

The Library building remains closed at this time.

For more information please visit: Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery of Library Print Collection

Changes to Library Services

Archives and Special Collections

  • There will be no access to the physical material that comprise the Ottawa Resource Collection, archival collections, and rare books collection.
  • All general inquiries and reference questions concerning Archives & Special Collections should be sent via email to:


Borrowing / Circulation

Recently we extended the due dates of library material until August 31st 2020 as the Library Building is still closed. However, we are now accepting returns for items checked out. Items can be returned to one of the book slots at the library. Please note that there will be a delay of checking in materials in accordance with our new book handling procedures so you may still see items on your account for up to 5 business days after the items are returned.If you have returned material recently, the items will still appear on your library account as items are currently not being check in.

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

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 able to or please contact for more information. 

Course Reserves

  • The reserves desk will be closed. Faculty and staff  who need material for the current and upcoming terms should contact At this time, staff are investigating and adding electronic reserve materials as alternatives wherever possible. Students should continue to check Ares for updates and contact staff with any questions.


Graduate Study Spaces

  • Due to the closure of the Library, return of keys for graduate study rooms will be postponed to a later date. No fines will be incurred.


Interlibrary Loans

  • Interlibrary Loans is open for electronic materials only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to



  • Laptops may still be available; their availability can be verified by contacting​.  Please do not come to the library; you will be contacted.
  • Due dates have been extended for students who have already borrowed a laptop. Please contact the ITS Service Desk for more information.


Library Service Desk

  • For questions regarding renewals, library accounts, holds, returning material, and charges please email We will not be answering service questions in-person at the service desk.
  • There will be a complete suspension of late fees during this period.


New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre

  • The Centre is closed.


Research Support

We are no longer providing in person research help at the library. If you need research support assistance please contact us one of the following ways:

Email: Monday-Friday: 8:30-4:30

Online chat:
Texting: 613-505-4245

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 5 pm


Room booking

  • Group study rooms are not available for booking.
  • Classrooms and meeting rooms in the library are not available for booking.


Transcription Services

  • Transcription Services is currently taking requests for digitization during this time based on availability.  Please email for more information. 
  • To access available e-books through the ACE portal, please contact Transcription Services for a token.  Please check ARES for course readings.



March 19, 2020

This news item will be updated constantly as we find more sources to share!

Please Do A Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online (Don’t let the title fool you)

Jesse Stommels online Digital Studies course. Provides a model for an online course rather than tips

Human Restoration Project Podcast: Virtual Learning and COVID-19 w/ Jesse Stommel

Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Kate Symons Advice for Students

Online Resources for Science Labs

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity (links to hundreds of university sites with their guidelines)

Finding the Sweet Spot: 4 Tips for moving classes online quickly

STLHE (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

Howard Rhinegold’s Some tips for teaching higher ed online

Morgan Rooney Blog: Teaching Online for Dummies, by a Fellow Dummy

Pandemic Pedagogy

Recording of the March 18, 2020, ACRL Presents: “Pandemic Pedagogy: Resources for Library Instruction at a Distance”, with speaker Jenn Kelley, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage.


March 16, 2020

Here are a few ways you can get help from the Library for your online teaching, learning, and research:

  1. Use our online Ask Chat service for reference and research assistance. See: Ask Chat service hours
  2. Strategies for instructors:
  • Help your students research their papers with a tailored course guide, subject guide, or contact a research support specialist.
  • Give your students access to library research consultations online. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate in class discussion boards, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning. Contact a research support specialist.
  • For any help with archival, rare books, or special collections (including the Ottawa Resource Collection) please contact: 
  • If you need course readings, e-books or other digital materials for your students, let us know. We can help with purchasing and negotiating permissions with publishers. Contact: Course Reserves
  • A number of online video resources are available for educational use and as licensed streaming content. Search Omni for videos already in our collection, or we can purchase them for you through platforms like Kanopy, if available. Contact: Course Reserves
  • See our guide to Copyright when Teaching a Virtual Class

  1. If you have a teaching, learning, or research need that is not addressed with one of the options above, please contact us at Ask the Library

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