... connecting people and information
The University Library provides a vast range of information resources, services and research expertise to support the diverse information needs of students and faculty in all disciplines.
Ranked among the largest research libraries in Canada, our collection includes in excess of seven million books, journals and microforms, plus: maps, airphotos, audio recordings, music scores, film, video, CDs, DVDs, purchased digital images, slides, architectural and literary archives, electronic full-text, image and data files. The digital resource base is expanding rapidly and includes more than 42,000 unique electronic journal titles, and close to 620,000 electronic books and over 90,000 locally digitized items.
MacKimmie Library (the ‘main library') is located at the centre of campus. Five branch libraries are situated near the faculties or departments that use their services most frequently: Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics, Health Sciences Library, Bennett Jones Law Library, the Business Library, and the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources.
The Information Commons is the focal point on campus for information services. It is an integrated learning environment in which information resources and technologies are combined with expert staff who provide research consultation, information navigation, and technological assistance to support scholarly use and production of recorded knowledge. For student convenience, there is 24-hour access (Sunday-Thursday, during term, on Fridays and Saturdays the hours are the same as the rest of the Library) to this state-of-the-art facility, 2nd floor MacKimmie Library.
The University Library is open 90 hours each week, offering access to the resource materials as well as reference assistance, specialized information consulting and instruction in the skills and process of information retrieval and management to equip independent learners for success in the knowledge era.
Library resources and services are also 'delivered to your desktop' via our online information system, featuring the Library catalogue, an extensive selection of networked databases, electronic information resources and services for distance learning.
More information about Libraries and Cultural Resources can be found under Campus Services in the About the University of Calgary section of this Calendar.