Construction begins on new Digital Library and Learning Commons on Laurier's Brantford campus

Oct 16, 2013 -

Construction on a new Digital Library and Learning Commons (DLLC) commenced Oct. 16 on Laurier’s Brantford campus.

The new space, which is located on the lower level of Grand River Hall, will include student study and group-work areas, a service desk for research questions, computer work stations, on-site offices for Laurier Brantford librarians, and other features designed to facilitate student success.

Laurier Brantford’s physical library collections will remain housed at the Brantford Public Library following the opening of the new space.

NWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources visits Laurier Archives

Oct 15, 2013 -

On Oct. 11 the Laurier Archives hosted a visit by Laurier faculty members and senior officials from the university and the government of Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

The visitors, including The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, The Northwest Territories' Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (as well as other portfolios), spoke with Archives staff and perused the university’s collection on the environmental conservation movement in Canada, considered the best such collection in the country.

New group study room now open!

Oct 10, 2013 -
The new study room is situated in room 2-210, at the south end of the building's main floor near the Digital Studio.

Library assessment group thanks users for comments

Oct 8, 2013 -
We received a total of 105 responses to our recent call for feedback via flipchart.

New access procedures for postal code resources

Oct 7, 2013 -

A number of important changes have been made to the licence that governs the access and use of the following Canada Post postal code products distributed by Statistics Canada:

US Government shutdown affecting resources

Oct 3, 2013 -

Although the U.S. Government shutdown is affecting access to various services and websites, alternate routes to U.S. government information (e.g. digital resources, paper and fiche) may be available. Please contact Laurier's Government Information Librarian, Hélène LeBlanc, for help.

Some examples of alternatives for databases include the following:

Faculty and grad students can now place holds on Waterloo campus Library books

Oct 2, 2013 -

Faculty and graduate students at the Waterloo campus can now place holds on Laurier Library books located at the Waterloo campus Library.

When you place a hold, the book will be retrieved from the shelves, placed on the new holds shelves located just inside the Library entrance, and held six days for you to pick up. 

This is an extension of our existing holds service which allows holds on books from other Laurier campus libraries, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo.

Travel award encourages scholars from across Canada to visit Laurier Archives

Sep 20, 2013 -

The Laurier Archives has launched a new travel scholarship that encourages scholars from across Canada to conduct research at the university. 

The award honours Joan Mitchell, a former head of Laurier’s Archives and Special Collections who built Canada’s leading archival collection on the environmental conservation movement at the university. 

The Cord covers Library's public service upgrades

Sep 11, 2013 -

This week's issue of The Cord includes a story on the Library's public service upgrades, undertaken this summer to improve our Waterloo campus location.

The story is on page 5 of the print edition and is also accessible on the publication's website at

In addition, Laurier's home page carried a Campus Update this week outlining the changes. Click here for that story.

Harvard Business Review licensing change prevents articles from being used in e-reserves

Sep 4, 2013 -

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) has recently made changes to its licensing provisions. Although there has always been a statement saying that you could not place HBR articles into e-reserves, the publisher has now taken technical steps to prevent this for 500 articles and is actively looking for infringements.