Important Changes at the Library this Fall
Since most of our buildings are closed, some in-person Library services or resources described on this page are currently unavailable. For more details on how the Library can help this semester, check out our services updates or feel free to email us, chat with us, or reach out to a librarian or specialist in your discipline.


The library is the intellectual hub of the campus. It is used every day by thousands of students, faculty and researchers.

The library is an essential partner in fulfilling the research, teaching and learning mission of the University. The University of Ottawa Library is composed of 3 main libraries - the Morisset Library (Arts and Science), the Brian Dickson Law Library and the Health Sciences Library - in addition to a number of specialized research collections. It has 161 employees, including 48 librarians, serving the students, faculty and employees of the University.

Quick facts

Our spaces: the busiest place on campus

  • 12 locations on 3 campuses (Main, Roger-Guindon and Lees)
  • Over 2 million visits per year
  • Extended hours of service: the Morisset Library is open 24 hours a day during exam periods

Our collections: preserving the past, envisioning the future

  • 2,360,706 print volumes
  • 2,259,077 full text article downloads
  • 1,206,497 e-books
  • 122,175 e-journals

Our services: supporting students, faculty and researchers

  • 110 specialized research guides available to consult for disciplines, courses and services
  • 16,097 students attended workshops, classes and tours

Destination 20/20

Destination 20/20, the University of Ottawa’s strategic plan, represents its vision for the coming decade. It focuses on four primary goals:

  • GOAL 1: A rich, inspiring student experience
  • GOAL 2: Research excellence
  • GOAL 3: Francophonie and bilingualism: a competitive advantage that is central to our mission
  • GOAL 4: Developing leaders through internationalization

Read more about Destination 20/20

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