Drew Hayden Taylor named 2016 Edna Staebler Laurier Writer in Residence

Jul 9, 2015 -

Fiction writer and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has been chosen as Wilfrid Laurier University’s incoming Edna Staebler Laurier Writer in Residence (WIR). Taylor is the award-winning author of 27 books, including adult and young-adult (YA) fiction as well as plays and essays. Taylor will be the fourth writer to hold the WIR position, fulfilling his term at Laurier from January to April 2016.

Second Joan Mitchell Travel Award winner explores Archives' Lutheran collections

Jul 9, 2015 -
PhD student Elliot Worsfold, who is studying German identity in Canada, discovered a fascinating letter by Laurier's first-ever graduate.

Three librarians to join Laurier Library

Jun 23, 2015 -
Nazia Sheikh and Yanli Li have been appointed as School of Business and Economics Librarians, while Mark Weiler has been appointed as Web and User Experience Librarian.

WLU Press author Neal McLeod wins Gabrielle Roy Prize

Jun 4, 2015 -

WLU Press author Neal McLeod has won the 2014 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section) for his edited collection Indigenous Poetics in Canada. In addition, Larissa Lai, also a WLU Press author, was one of four finalists for the prize with her book Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s.

The prize was awarded at a reception held by the Association of Canadian and Quebec Literature on May 30 in Ottawa.

Enhancements made to Library website

May 25, 2015 -

Since the launch of the new Library website in September 2013, we have been listening to the feedback of our user community1, and we decided to make a few enhancements. We believe that the changes align with the community feedback and our goals of enhancing student success and advancing research and scholarly communication.

The following is a list of changes:

Library closed Victoria Day

May 13, 2015 -

Laurier Library locations will be closed Saturday through Monday of the Victoria Day long weekend, reopening Tuesday morning.

This applies the Waterloo Campus Library, the Social Work Library, and the Brantford Digital Library and Learning Commons. (The Brantford Public Library will be open Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday.)

For complete information on our hours of operation, visit

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

The Little Free Library finds a home at Laurier Brantford

Apr 24, 2015 -

Janneke Barten is excited to graduate this year, but she has left a “piece of her heart” at Laurier Brantford in a new book-sharing space called the Little Free Library.

The Little Free Library is the first book-sharing space of its kind at Wilfrid Laurier University and was designed to encourage community and collaboration on the Brantford campus. The Little Free Library was a final class project by Barten and Nicole de Soysa - two upper-year Concurrent Education and English students under the direction of Professor Ian Grey.

Inquiring Minds: The Ebola Epidemic

Apr 24, 2015 -

The Ebola outbreak has hit hardest in the Western African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia where to date more than 10,000 people have been infected. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has been successfully eliminated in both Nigeria and Senegal, proof that the highly contagious infection can be both contained and eradicated.

A few good reads:

Library announces winners of new undergraduate research award

Apr 22, 2015 -

The Library is pleased to announce the winners of its new Library Undergraduate Research Award.

The award is given to two junior (first- or second-year) and two senior undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional use of library resources as part of their regular coursework.

Ares upgrade to take place April 22

Apr 15, 2015 -

Ares will be unavailable starting at 9 a.m. on April 22, 2015 due to software maintenance. Barring any unforeseen issues, full service will be restored on April 23 (or sooner).

We regret any inconvenience to our users. Please email any questions to or call ext. 3413.

In the meantime, you may continue to submit course readings for the intersession and summer terms.