Our building is open to current U of G students, faculty, and staff at a reduced capacity. Learn about using the library for Winter 2022.


Find and request books

  • Search the library collection in Omni.
  • Once you have found the item you'd like to request, sign in and then click "Request." Select your pickup location. McLaughlin Library is the main library at the U of G main campus.
  • You may request any book you find in Omni, whether it is owned by U of G or another Omni partner library.
  • When your items are ready, you will get an email. You can pick up the items on the shelves behind the Ask Us Desk during our opening hours
  • Can't find the book in Omni? Request it from interlibrary loan (RACER) or Request a New Resource.
  • See Getting started with Omni for a quick overview on how to use our system.
  • At present, access to the library stacks is limited to current U of G students, faculty, and staff only.

Home Delivery

  • For the Winter 2022 semester, all current U of G students, faculty, and staff can request home delivery of items available through Omni.
  • To request an item for home delivery, follow the steps above and then choose "Home Delivery" as your pickup location.
  • Once your item is ready, you will receive an email confirmation asking you to confirm your mailing address. Please note, if your mailing address is outside of Canada please contact library@uoguelph.ca for more information.

Return books

  •  You can renew library books online after logging into My Library Account.
    • If you have borrowed an item from another institution, first select the appropriate institution on the left hand side under My Library Account, and then you can renew the particular item.
  • Return your library books to the bins located inside the front doors of the library or at the loading dock. Access to the loading dock is off Gordon Street at the rear of the library. The book return bin at the loading dock is not wheelchair accessible. Patrons who require assistance can contact library@uoguelph.ca
  • The bins are accessible 24/7. 

Request a digitization

  • In accordance with the University’s copyright guidelines, current U of G students, faculty and staff may request that a portion of a physical item in our collection be digitized.
  • Here's how it works:
    • Search in Omni. Limit your search using the facets on the left-hand side to “Available in U of G Library” which will return physical items in our collection.
    • Select the item you’d like to be digitized and click “Sign in.” You’ll be prompted to enter your U of G credentials.
    • Under the “Get It” heading, you will see “Request a digitized chapter/article/excerpt” if the item is available for digitization.
    • Fill in the form with as much information as possible.
    • Once the item is processed, you will receive an email with a link to the digitized content. This may take a few business days.
    • The link will expire after five views or 30 days.

Course reserves (Ares)

Questions? Contact us.