This information will be updated as the University continues to monitor and evaluate the situation.
All library locations are closed until further notice.
But we’re still here to help!
- Our Ask a Librarian chat service continues to be available. Please see the new schedule for chat service hours
- Consult our Research Librarians - they can be reached by email.
- Contact bibliolibrary@uOttawa.ca for general information and information about borrowed material.
- Contact ares@uOttawa.ca for questions about course reserves.
Physical Library Collection
All physical library materials including books, journals, and videos are not available until further notice. This includes all print course reserves; however, the library can purchase electronic materials. To suggest a purchase, please use the form.
No late fees will be charged to your account during the closure period.
- Overdue fines for library material you have checked out will be suspended and you will not be charged.
- Books and materials with due dates of March 9 onward will be automatically renewed and any overdue fines associated with the closure will be suspended. You can check your account for new return dates.
- We ask that you hang on to all items until our locations reopen.
- If you absolutely need to return materials, the only book drop that is open is located outside the Morisset Library, on the main campus. Note that materials returned this way will remain on your Library Account until the Library reopens.
If you have any questions about borrowing, fines, renewals, etc. contact bibliolibrary@uOttawa.ca
Due to library closures, all physical course reserves are unavailable, but we’re still here to help with our digital course reserve service.
- Please consult your professor about alternatives for physical course reserve material.
- How to access your digital course reserve
- The Library can help find digital/online alternatives for physical course reserves, including buying electronic versions if available. Please email ares@uOttawa.ca.
- To request additional digital reserve material for courses, email your reading list to ares@uOttawa.ca. Please provide full bibliographic citations. Once processed, you can integrate your list of readings into Virtual Campus.
- More information for professors about our digital course reserve services
Distance and Online Learning Resources
As students and faculty move to distance and online learning formats, the Library offers several resources and services that can help.
- Our digital collections are available as usual via Omni.
- In addition to the electronic resources already in our collection, several publishers and vendors are extending complimentary access to additional content. Some is COVID19 specific, but others are making all kinds of resources free in a variety of ways. There is a uOttawa specific guide to these resources and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is also gathering many of the offers together in one central location. If you have questions about any of the offers, please get in touch with collections@uOttawa.ca.
- To connect from off-campus
Open Educational Resources (OER)
- To find and integrate OER into your course, consult our guide.
- eCampusOntario has gathered resources to support the move to remote course delivery including openly licensed educational resources that can be customized or adopted for your teaching and learning. Visit eCampusOntario Open Academic Continuity Resources
Online Video Databases
- We have over 45,000 online videos available to support course-related instruction across disciplines.
- LinkedIn Learning, provides access to 7,000 online courses in business, media and technology.
- See all online video databases
- Add a link in Virtual Campus to the research guide most relevant to your course.
Online Tools for Content Creation available at the Library
The library offers a variety of online resources for free to help users be creative with their teaching and learning. To request an account or if you have any questions, contact us.
- WeVideo is a cloud-based, web video editor that allows users to create engaging videos collaboratively. Available both via web browsers and mobile app.
- ScreenCast-O-Matic is a screen capture software that can be used to create video from your screen (i.e. short lectures or instructional videos), and allows you to edit and annotate them.
- ThingLink is digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” for video, audio or weblinks on specific parts of an image. Available both via web browsers and mobile app.
- Tiki-Toki is a web-based timeline maker that makes it easy for users to create interactive multimedia timelines in their browsers. Images, text and even videos can be embedded in Tiki-Toki timelines.
- VideoScribe is a whiteboard video animation software which allows users to create highly dynamic and engaging animation videos on a whiteboard interface.
Interlibrary loan is only available for electronic materials (articles, copies, and book chapters). Print materials are not available via interlibrary loan. Please contact ILL@uottawa.ca for any questions.
Docline service continues but is restricted to loan of electronic collections only.
Should you have borrowed items from other institutions, rest assured that we are working on extending due dates. Note as well that we are working with other institutions to have any fines waived.
Currently, digitization services are unavailable. However, Accessible Content E-portal, the repository of accessible texts, continues to be available to students with print disabilities.
For any questions please contact libadapt@uOttawa.ca
Library Events and Room Reservations
We are not accepting any new room reservations for events until further notice. We are cancelling events, tours and workshops booked at the Library and notifying the organizers.