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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Library Service & Operations Update

Library Spaces

Effective September 8, 2020 the North Oshawa Campus Library will be open for current students, staff and faculty, with significant limitations on building capacity. Masks will be required for everyone who visits the Library.

While the Library at 61 Charles St. remains closed, our services and supports continue to be available remotely or you can visit us at our North Oshawa Campus location.

  • Library Hours

    North Oshawa Campus Library (Fall 2020)

    • Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday, Closed

     61 Charles Library (Fall 2020)

    • Closed
  • Building Access

    Library spaces are open for current students, staff and faculty only.

    We are not able to welcome alumni or members of the general public as visitors at this time.

  • Study Space

    In order to meet physical distancing requirements, the Library is open for individual, quiet study only. Group study is not permitted. All spaces in the Library are available on a first come, first served basis.

    A maximum of 166 people are permitted in the Library at one time.

    Available Spaces

    • Individual study seats on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors
    • 16 public computer workstations
    • Adaptive technology space for students with accessibility needs

    Closed Spaces

    • Library Computer Labs LIB 134 & 136
    • Fireside Reading Room
    • Lower Level and The Den
    • Group Study Rooms on all levels
    • Silent Study room on the 3rd floor
    • 4th floor study area
  • Food & Drink

    Food and drinks are not permitted in the Library in order to comply with the mandatory mask policy on campus.

    Food and drinks are permitted in the UB Café across Polansky Commons from the Library.

  • Masks

    Masks or face coverings are mandatory for all students, staff and faculty while inside the Library.

    Individuals who are not able to wear masks for medical or other reasons can make accommodation arrangements through the following departments:

    If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact us via email at library@ontariotechu.ca for information about alternative access to our services, spaces and resources.


Library Collections Assistance

  • Online Resources

    Search Omni, our Library’s online search tool to access the Library’s ebooks, online journal and newspaper articles, streaming video and more. Login for access 24/7 with your campus network login credentials.

    Research Guides are curated by your Librarian to highlight the best resources for your assignments and projects.

    Databases A-Z lists all of our subscription databases. Filter this list by subject or format to quickly find sources for your research.

    Contact Library.Resources@OntarioTechU.ca for assistance accessing the Library’s online resources.

  • Interlibrary Loan

    Our Interlibrary Loan service is available at no cost to students and faculty. We are currently fulfilling requests for electronic articles and single ebook chapters. We are not able to obtain print books or entire ebooks.

    Contact Racer@OntarioTechU.ca for assistance.

  • Returns & Renewals

    Login to your Library Account to view material currently on loan, renew material and confirm due dates.

     As of September 8, 2020 the Library is open and processing returned material.

     During the Library closure, due dates on all loaned items were extended to September 30, 2020. Please either renew or return Library material in order to avoid overdue fines.

     Contact library@ontariotechu.ca if you have questions about returns and renewals.

  • Requesting Books: Delivery & Digitization

    You can place requests for books held in the Library at 61 Charles Street, for delivery to the North Oshawa Campus Library.

    You must be signed in to Omni to place requests. Click the Request button under Get It in the Omni record, and complete the required information. You will receive an email notification when the item is ready for pickup.

    The Library also offers Digitization for single chapters or single articles from print books and journals. To request digitization, click on the Digitization button under Get It in the Omni record, and complete the required information. Digitization requests are subject to the limitations of the Copyright Act and Fair Dealing.
  • Course Reserves

    Print Reserves are available at the North Oshawa Campus Library on one or three day loan, with a mandatory three day quarantine for all returned materials.

    Electronic Reserves are available through the new Leganto Course Readings service, and delivered seamlessly in Canvas.

    We are currently accepting faculty course reserve requests. Please note that faculty need to complete a Course Reserves Request form in order to ensure that material is available on reserve.

    Visit the Course Reserves section of our website for more information.

  • Archives & Special Collections

    Access to the Archives is by appointment only.

    For finding aids and archival holdings information, visit the Archival Collections Guide.

    Contact library.archives@ontariotechu.ca to arrange an appointment or access material in the digital archives.


Research Help

  • Meet with your Subject Librarian
    Contact your Subject Librarian to schedule an online research consultation. We can help identify sources, construct search strategies, manage citations, identify journals for publication and measure your research impact.
  • Virtual Chat Help
    Ask a Librarian virtual chat help is available for online research support. Click to chat live with Library staff and get help finding, evaluating and citing sources for your research.
  • Email Help

    Contact reference@ontariotechu.ca for email assistance.

    Our team of research experts responds to your questions Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

  • Publishing Support
    Our publishing support services can help researchers and authors throughout the publishing life cycle, from beginning your research, to selecting journals for publication, to long-term preservation of your work.

Teaching Support

Librarians are here to support teaching and learning in all Ontario Tech classrooms, whether in person or online. Subject Librarians are available to deliver customized instruction sessions and workshops to help students develop their skills to find, evaluate and ethically use information from a variety of sources. We offer live online sessions as well as asynchronous sessions delivered through your Canvas course website.

Visit the Teaching Support page to book an instructional session or contact your Subject Librarian.

More Information

Please visit this web page for up to date information about Library services and operations. Visit Ontario Tech University’s Covid 19 Information website for information about University services and operations.

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