About the Library


The University of Guelph McLaughlin Library is a resource- and service- intensive place.  Our vision is to be central to the University community as a valued facilitator, partner and catalyst for learning, research, and knowledge-creation on campus. The core values that drive our vision are learning, service, intellectual freedom, stewardship, access, innovation, communication, and integrity.


Our spaces have been architected to support your collaborative learning and research. Features of our space:

  • Extended building hours
  • Publicly-accessible desktop and laptop computers
  • Meeting rooms and computer labs
  • Building-wide WiFi internet
  • IT Help Desk
  • Starbucks Cafe


The Library hosts a number of events which bring together the various disciplines of the University. These events offer an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to meet and interact to exchange ideas and perspectives thereby creating new areas of knowledge and understanding.

Our research-centered services include world-renowned archival collections in Canadian theatre, landscape architecture, rural history, and Scottish culture. The scholarly communications program includes open access scholarly journal publication services and support, the institutional repository (Atrium), author rights and copyright consultation services, digital collections development, and the University of Guelph and Agri-environmental Research Data Repositories.


The University of Guelph Library partners with the University of Waterloo Library and the Wilfrid Laurier University Library to form the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG).  

The McLaughlin Library is located on the main University of Guelph campus. The Library is also affiliated with the University of Guelph-Humber Library and a regional campus library on Ridgetown Campus.

In keeping with our mandate to support and participate in the wider academic community, the Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and the USA-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Strategic Directions

Strategic directions are key to the Library 's response to the University of Guelph Integrated Plan 2012-2017, the University's Strategic Mandate Agreement, and the Program Prioritization Process. Action on strategic directions, together with attention to continued development of our core functions (to acquire, maintain, organize and provide access to ideas and information), will ensure that we can carry out our mission effectively.

Library Organisational Renewal

Library Master Space Plan

Library Annual Reports

Library Integrated Plans

Strategic Priorities