December 21, 2017

We will be closed from 7pm on Friday, December 22 until 8am on Tuesday, January 2.

We wish you all a restful and rejuvenating break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

December 20, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, we will no longer accept cash as a form of payment at the Library Services Desk. Debit cards, credit cards, and campus cards will continue to be accepted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact


December 12, 2017

Take a break from studying and check out the library ‘staff picks’ personal book collection, currently on display on the main floor of the library near the Help desk. It showcases many books from personal collections giving you an opportunity to learn about our collecting interests, and gives library staff an opportunity to share collections that would otherwise stay neatly stacked on our bookshelves at home. Enjoy!

December 8, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), the Library and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA), was established to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

The Award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their works more widely available on the internet and thereby increase the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community.

December 1, 2017

What does it take to build a holiday book tree you ask? About 2,500 – 3,000 library books, and at least 2 ½ hours of relentless stacking. All sizes of books (officially discarded from the library collection) are used and stacked on an inward slant against a core of 3 or 4 boxes full of books. Bibliophiles love it and staff view it as a unique challenge to get into the festive spirit. We now have not one, but two holiday books trees - all lit up for your enjoyment!

December 1, 2017

Beginning December 5, stop by the Library main floor for our LEGO and colouring tables. We will have a Star Wars set, a Batgirl set, piles and piles of Classic LEGO bricks, and back again this year, the colouring table.

November 30, 2017

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 entered into 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

November 14, 2017

Did you know the Library offers access to two video streaming services, Criterion-on-Demand and Kanopy, directly on our website?

Criterion-On-Demand provides access to educationally relevant feature films from a wide variety of major producers. The titles include 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features. Films are in English and French, and have subtitled/captioned versions when available.

The titles from 20th Century Fox Films (Fox Collection) are limited to on-campus use only.

Kanopy is a streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects, from arts, humanities, health, business, education, and more.

How do I access these sites?

They can both be accessed from our list of databases.

From the Library homepage, all you need to do is click on the Databases link under the Search Summon box and then select Criterion On-Demand or Kanopy from the alphabetical list.

November 14, 2017

Join the annual worldwide celebration of geography as MacOdrum Library hosts Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 13 – 17th on the main floor of the library. This year’s theme is Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation. Faculty members will be on hand during the week to answer questions about the geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones are used by geographers and see them on display with other field research tools. In addition, students are invited to participate in a Human Library with Natural Resources Canada. Three ‘human’ books are available for a 20 minute conversation throughout the week. Visit the Natural Resources Canada website: to meet the three experts in the geospatial field of research and sign up for a conversation about their career choices and opportunities in the field of geography.

November 13, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, noon to 1 p.m.

This workshop will provide students with a greater understanding of how grey literature is defined, the benefits of searching it, and links to a number of useful sites providing access to resources relevant to students in different fields. Register now!

November 8, 2017

The 8th edition of the Latin American Art Exhibition known as ‘Terra Art International’ is now on display on the Gallery wall and the South Wing Hallway (formerly Interlibrary Loans corridor) of the Library. This wonderful display of colourful, original art pieces of the Americas was organized in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It highlights a number of famous and acclaimed artists from the Americas whose works were invited directly from their respective Embassies in Canada namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Enjoy the exhibition until November 30th.

October 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, noon to 1 p.m.

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it? Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. Register now!

Graduate students are welcome to attend any of these workshops to build up library skills. The workshops are offered through the Grad Navigate program, and count toward TA Training Hours.

October 26, 2017

On Halloween, we'll have scary stories on hand for everyone to read. We also won't have candy corn which is a bonus for most.

So come on out at NOON to 235 Library and listen to a few scary stories. Or stay for the whole thing and get at least a mild case of the scares.

October 24, 2017

It’s the 10th anniversary of Open Access Week. The theme this year is “Open in order to….” to highlight the ways open access publishing, research, and scholarship are enabling new kinds of scholarly work.

As Nick Shockey writes: “Open Access—the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need—is transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Providing Open Access to research has the power to accelerate scientific advancements and spur job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture” – Nick Shockey, (

As part of Open Access Week, Shawn Graham and Pat Moore are delighted to announce the first issue of ‘Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology’, a fully open-access journal published in conjunction with MacOdrum Library.

"Library support has been integral to making this experiment a success – from working out our publishing strategy, to the digital infrastructure that underpins Epoiesen, I couldn’t be more grateful for how our partnership has worked” says Graham. 

Not only is the journal open access, but the journal is also open to experiments and prototypes for what scholarly work can be in the humanities. ‘Epoiesen’ comes from the ancient Greek for ‘made’, as in, ‘Nikothenes made this’, a formula scrawled on Black and Red Figure pottery as potters and artists competed to enhance their craft. The journal publishes what might be thought of as the ‘paradata’ – the scholarly work involved in creating creative non-traditional works that advance a scholarly argument.

The first four pieces include photoessays, interactive fictions, and a Twitter essay. Pieces on Epoiesen are peer-reviewed openly, with the Respondents writing reflections that engage with the piece to advance the conversation. Finally, Epoiesen is equipped with the web annotation framework, allowing word-level annotations and discussion on the page itself.

Please visit Epoiesen. For more information, contact Shawn Graham at

October 24, 2017

Complimentary access is available to 33% of the articles in each of these New Launch journals from Springer Nature:

Please send us your feedback on these titles.

The trial runs from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

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