Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Where do I return my books?
- I still have library books. Will I be able to graduate and receive my diploma?
- Can I access resources when I’m off campus?
- How do I request a book?
- How do I report an issue with Omni or any of our online resources?
- How do I report an issue with our spaces or services?
- Whom do I contact about issues with my library account?
- Can I access the library’s resources if I'm not a U of G student, staff or faculty?
- How do I get an alumni or community borrower library card?
- How can I pay my overdue fines online?
- How many items can I take out at once? (While the building is closed, we don’t have access to our physical collections)
- How long can I borrow an item for? (While the building is closed, we don’t have access to our physical collections)
- How do I find books, videos and other library content?
- How do I find articles from scholarly peer-reviewed journals?
- How do I get access to the full-text of articles?
- How do I get Course Reserve material?
- How do I find primary sources?
- How do I find theses and dissertations?
- How do I cite my sources?
- What kinds of works are covered by copyright?
- Where are the washrooms?
- Is food allowed in the library?
- How do I connect to the Wi-Fi?
- How do I book a group study room?
- Can I reserve a study space for the semester?
- Can I bring animals into the library?
- Can I hand out information about my club or event in the library?
- Does the library have a lost and found? (Temporarily unavailable while the building is closed)
- How do I print in the library? (Temporarily unavailable while the building is closed)
- Where can I find a stapler? (Temporarily unavailable while the building is closed)
Beginning June 18, 2020 you may return library books to the return bin located at the library's loading dock. Access to the loading dock is off Gordon Street at the rear of the library.
- You do not need to return your books in order to graduate and receive your diploma.
Yes. Registered U of G students, faculty and staff can access library resources via Omni (and other databases) from anywhere at any time. Sign in to get full access.
- Beginning June 18, 2020, curbside pick-up and mail delivery of items in U of G Library's physical collection will be available.
- Learn more about how to request items.
Alumni cards provide free access to physical library resources, and access to a selection of online electronic resources.
You can either visit the Ask Us Desk in-person or register online for a free alumni card.
Community members can also register for a free community borrower card at the Ask Us Desk
- Most users can borrow up to 500 items, including 2 DVDs at a time.
- Alumni and Community Borrowers may borrow up to 20 books.
- See our Borrowing Policy for more information.
Articles in scholarly journals typically go through a peer-review process.
When a researcher submits an article for publication in a scholarly journal, it is reviewed by peers in the same subject area (an editorial board) to determine whether it is a high-quality piece of work. Scholarly journals always cite their sources in the form of footnotes, endnotes or reference lists.
- Click the “Peer-reviewed Journals” facet in the left-hand menu to narrow your search
Search journal article databases
- Look for a "peer reviewed" check box or facet on the various interfaces to narrow your search
- Sign in to get full access
- Search for your topic
- Click “Available online” in the left-hand menu under “Availability”
- Next look for the links under “View Online” to get full text access
Journal Article Databases
- Each database will look a little different but look for a “Get it! Guelph” button or links to full text
- If you cannot find the article you are looking for in Omni or in a journal article database, request an Interlibrary Loan through RACER.
- Primary sources are accounts of an event created at the same time or around the same time as the event, for example: diaries, newspaper articles, speeches, data, photographs, interviews.
- In the sciences, primary research refers to the publication of original research based on experiments, data collection, surveys or other research methods.
- Use Omni and limit by “Resource Type” or see Primary Sources or How to Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources in the Sciences.
- Copyright protection exists automatically for every work that is created, whether or not it is explicitly stated on the work or marked with the copyright symbol.
- In Canada, copyright protection generally remains in effect until fifty years after the death of the author or creator. Once copyright has expired, the material is considered to be in the public domain.
- Copyright applies to all of the following genres: books and periodicals (both print and electronic), charts, computer software, diagrams, films, graphs, letters, maps, models, music, photographs, recordings, TV shows, videotapes, web sites, and works of art.
- Learn more about copyright.
- Yes, except in areas designated for the Archival & Special Collections.
- We kindly ask if you eat or drink in the library, that you dispose of all trash.
- Learn more about our Food & Drink Policy
- Students, faculty and staff can connect to the Wi-Fi through a laptop or tablet with an 802.11 a/g/n compatible wireless network card (most newer laptops come with this capability built-in) and a University of Guelph central login account.
- Guests can visit the Ask Us Desk to get a free temporary WiFi access pass
- Still stuck? Learn more about how you can access the wireless network or visit the IT Help Desk in the library
- Graduate students can reques a study office in the library for one semester per their degree
- Graduate students can also register for a locker, which are assigned on a semesterly basis
- For either option, apply in person at the Ask Us Desk during the first week of the semester
- Faculty, visiting scholars, and students can also reserve a desk in the Writing Room which provides a quiet, focused space for you to work independently on your writing projects. See WCOnline for more information.
- Service dogs are welcome in the library
- Pets are not permitted
- Yes, the lost and found is located near the front entrance on the first floor, beside the book return bin.
- Printers can be found on the first floor, near the public computers
- Find out how to load money on your account for printing, and instructions for using the printers
- Staplers can be found on the first floor, next to the printers