Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) offers students, faculty, and staff easy access to a wealth of research materials, expertise and services. Many of these resources are housed in the six-storey Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL), a unique combination of library, student advising, alumni office, music centre, cafe, archives, special collections and art gallery.
All of these resources come alive with technology that encourages exploration and new ways of learning, making the Taylor Family Digital Library one of the most information-rich facilities in Canada.
The Library is ranked among the largest research libraries in Canada, with a collection that spans over nine million objects including books, journals, maps, artifacts, works of art, rare books, special collections, music scores.
The Learning Commons, located on the first three floors of the TFDL, is the centre of activity for students, faculty, staff and visitors. It is a light-filled area with comfortable furniture, 100 per cent wireless and cellular coverage, collaborative work rooms, individual workstations, and access to plug-ins for laptops.
The upper floors on the TFDL house more than half a million of the latest and most frequently used books, journals and research materials. The Centre for Arts and Culture encourages closer study of fine art and archival materials, while researchers can browse the wealth of resources on performing arts, art, architecture and music. Other distinctive facilities include the Visualization Studio dedicated to supporting faculty research, Spatial and Numeric Data Services providing access to cartographic materials, GIS and statistical data and software, and the Digital Media Commons facilitating the exploration and creation of new media forms.
The Taylor Family Digital Library is located at the heart of the campus, with six branch libraries: Health Sciences Library, Bennett Jones Law Library, Gallagher Library, the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources, the Business Library, the Downtown Campus Library, and The Military Museums Library and Archives.
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.