Library News

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

February 28, 2020

Research is at the heart of our mission in the Faculty of Public Affairs.

During two weeks of the FPA Research Series our display highlights FPA researchers and areas of study. In the glass cabinet we have highlighted our 2019 FPA Research Excellence Award winner Dale Spencer and the FPA Research Excellence Chairs (William Walters, Graeme Auld and Amanda Clarke). On the Thom Display board there is a graphic representation of some of the major issues and topics addressed by FPA research.

You can learn more about FPA Research Series and all of our research achievements and support at

February 26, 2020

Please note that the Library will be closing early due to weather conditions.

The Library will close at 11:00 PM this evening, and will reopen tomorrow at 8:00 AM assuming that the University is open.

We recommend checking Carleton's Weather Updates page for up-to-date information on closings.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

February 24, 2020

Have Library questions you’d like answered? In addition to our online chat service being opened for online questions, you can now text us your questions as well.

Text 613-505-4245 with your Library-related question and someone will get back to you during the Text Chat service hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

You can check out more help information on the Library help page

February 20, 2020

WARNING: Active Phishing Campaign
Target: Student/Faculty/Staff
Risk: Loss of credentials
From: Appears to be from the library

If you receive this phishing email below, please delete it immediately.  If you have already responded to this email, please change your MyCarleton One (MC1) password immediately.  If you require assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 613-520-3700.

Phishing is an attempt of acquiring personal or sensitive information such as credit card information, passwords, etc. by sending an email that appears to be from a legitimate sender.

Here in ITS we will continue to fight the good fight against phishing emails, but your assistance would be extremely valuable in the fight!  Don’t take the bait; if you receive an email that you’re not sure is legitimate, here’s what you can do:

  • hover over the senders email to confirm the address matches the senders name, if they don’t match, delete the email
  • hover over any links to see where they point to before clicking
  • never reply to an email with your password or click on a link to provide your credentials
  • forward the email along to or contact the ITS Service Desk at

Remember, Carleton University and ITS will never ask you for your password!

February 19, 2020

Macodrum Library’s new Book Arts Lab offers hands-on opportunities to experience and learn a variety of book arts.  Students, faculty, and staff can learn bookbinding methods, hand typesetting, woodcutting, calligraphy, block printing, letterpress printing, and paper decorating in a collaborative lab setting.  In print master Larry Thompson’s words, “This is not an arts studio; it’s a lab…We’re trying to create students and scholars who have another dimension in their education. Hopefully, [they] go back to their studies carrying that with them." The display behind the Library Services Desk includes a number of books about book arts, a selection of tools, type, and woodcuts, as well as samples of each discipline to be studied in the lab.

January 28, 2020

We welcome Carleton Faculty and Staff to experience the Book Arts in our new library facility. In this new experiential learning space, we use “old school” book technology combined with “state of the art” pedagogy to help students see books from a new perspective. Faculty and staff are invited to explore how this unique kind of experiential learning could enhance courses and engage students, many of whom revel in “hands on” exercises while exploring the past, present and future of the book.

The sessions are FREE of charge. Materials are included & space is limited to 15 people per session. Register for your session by emailing:

Tuesday, Feb 18 - 1 to 4 pm

“A Coptic Binding”

Create your own hand-bound soft cover notebook using Japanese or decorated papers for covers.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 9:30 to 11:30 am

“Famous Last Words”

Learn the basics of hand-setting lead type while composing the last utterances of great writers, scientists, philosophers and poets. Quotes will be combined and printed together in a broadside by the instructor and students.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 12:30 to 4 pm

“Printing Dangerous Words”

Learn to set and print type for a broadside or flyleaf that spells out a seditious, profane or forbidden tract or paragraph, the kind that can get a Renaissance printer into deep trouble… literally!

Friday, Feb 21 - 10 to 11:30 am

“Kissing the Chains That Bind You”

Explore the earliest form of printing by carving a medieval initial using a relatively modern material, learn to think backwards and in reverse, and experience the “thrill of the proof ” while printing the block.

Friday, Feb 21 - 12:30 to 4 pm

“Making Graven Images”

Fall into fine detail by carving a medieval initial in end-grain wood or polymer using cutters originally designed for etching in steel and copper.

January 24, 2020

What was the first video game that truly thrilled you and filled you with wonder?  The first game that thrilled me was the 1989 NES version of Ninja Gaiden that combined fast-paced action platforming and dramatic movie cut scenes - I have been chasing that thrill ever since. 

The Art-full Gaming Exhibit in the library highlights a handful of games that truly exemplify the otherworldly art and graphics experienced through video games.  These games are artful in their imagery, lore, and their ability to evoke emotion from the player.  These games transcend the run and gun by working with themes such as grief, loss, love, and friendship.  In addition to being artful, some of these games are really challenging!

Most of the games featured in our exhibit are available either to play on Steam in the gaming lab or to borrow from reserves (Ni No Kuni II PS4).

January 14, 2020

Please join the Carleton Climate Commons for a Colloquium on Plastics, Art, Activism, and Climate Change on Friday, January 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in MacOdrum Library's Alumni Reading Room.

Speakers will include Cindy Stelmackowich (Exhibition Artist of Planet Plastic), Larissa Holman (Director of Science and Policy, Ottawa Riverkeeper), Catherine Abreu (Climate Action Network), Jesse Vermaire (Environmental Science, Carleton University), and Sara Adams (English, Carleton University) and will be moderated by Peter Hodgins (Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University). 

The Colloquium will be held alongside the "Plastic Planet” exhibition that features the artwork, objects and plastics research of Cindy Stelmackowich. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. 

January 8, 2020

Welcome to Omni!

Omni, the Library's new, easy-to-use search tool, is now live and available for everyone to use!

Omni gives you access to the full range of high-quality academic resources available through the Library:

  • Powerful search tool for discovery and in-depth research
  • Quick and streamlined access to resources
  • Intuitive mobile-friendly user experience

You can access Omni from the search box on the Library web site here:

For tips on how to use Omni, visit our new help guide.

If you have any questions or need help using Omni, ask us!

On this page:

Omni is your library account

Omni is how you will access your library account, allowing you to:

  • See what items you have checked out
  • See what items you have requested or placed a hold on
  • Review any fines you owe to the library

You can access your library account by logging in to Omni.

Once you've logged into Omni, you will also be able to save records, save searches, set up alerts, and view your search history.

To login to Omni, use your MyCarletonOne username or password. If you not currently a student, faculty, or staff member at Carleton, you will log in using your library card barcode and password (although you must choose a new password for Omni! See below).

Choosing a new password for Omni

If you are not currently a student, faculty, or staff member at Carleton you will need to choose a new password to log in to Omni.

To choose a new password, follow these instructions for resetting your password.

People with an active Carleton account can continue use their MyCarletonOne username and password to login to Omni.

Exporting your data from the old library system

The old library system gave you the option of saving information with your library account, specifically:

  • Saved searches
  • Reading history
  • Lists (of books and other library materials)

Unfortunately, any of this information that you have saved in the old library system will not be migrated to Omni.

For more information, see: How to export data from your Library Catalogue account.

Library services being restored

We have begin restoring library services that were impacted by the migration to Omni, as summarized in the following table:

Library Service Date Service Restored Notes
Creating library accounts January 8

Any user who had a temporary account created for them during the migration period will be contacted by the Library and provided with a proper account in Omni.

Circulation information January 8  
Holds/Requests January 8  
Requesting items from storage January 13

Until service is restored, please request copy of the item you are interested in through interlibrary loan.

Renewals January 8  
Fine payment January 13  
Self-check machines January 13  
Ordering of books and other materials Late January Until regular ordering resumes, if there is a book that you are interested in but is not in our collection, please request a copy through interlibrary loan.

If you have any questions, please ask us!

January 3, 2020

Omni, the library's new search tool, will be launching on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM.

You will be able to access Omni from the Library's home page and use it to find books, articles, and other resources at the Library as well as to access your library account.

We will also begin restoring library services that were impacted by the migration to Omni, as summarized in the following table:

Library Service Date Service Restored Notes
Creating library accounts January 8

Any user who had a temporary account created for them during the migration period will be contacted by the Library and provided with a proper account in Omni.

Circulation information January 8  
Holds/Requests January 8  
Requesting items from storage January 13

Until service is restored, please request copy of the item you are interested in through interlibrary loan.

Renewals January 8  
Fine payment January 13  
Self-check machines January 13  
Ordering of books and other materials Late January Until regular ordering resumes, if there is a book that you are interested in but is not in our collection, please request a copy through interlibrary loan.

If you have any questions, please ask us!

December 17, 2019

We are now accepting library reserve requests for the upcoming academic term. Send us your course outline or reading list to and the readings will be added to Ares, our course reserve management system.

The reserves staff will retrieve, scan, and process all readings and will also ensure all e-reserve material comply with current copyright guidelines. Students will be able to access their electronic readings through cuLearn.

Questions? Please visit the Library Reserves website for more information, or, contact the library reserves staff at 613.520.2600 x2533 or

December 17, 2019

Please note that item availability (i.e. whether a book is available or checked out) is not being updated in the catalogue and so may be inaccurate.

In addition, items that are checked out or returned are not reflected in users' library accounts.

All of this information is being captured and will appear in the new system, Omni, when it goes live.

The launch of Omni has been delayed until January. For more information, see: Omni launch delayed - Summary of ongoing interruptions to library services.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Subscribe to Library News