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James A. Gibson Library
"On behalf of the Brock University Library staff, I would like to welcome you to the web site of the James A. Gibson Library. Named after the University's founding president, the Library is dedicated to providing access to collections and services which most effectively meet the needs of students, faculty and staff of the Brock community. Our collections of books and journals are augmented by a growing number of online full text publications and other Internet resources, selected by the Library staff for their quality and relevance to teaching, learning and research at Brock. Our services are varied and designed to meet your needs. I hope that you will explore these pages to discover what we have to offer, and I invite and encourage you to visit the Library. "
Introduction to the Brock University Campus Libraries
James A. Gibson Library
The University Library system comprises the James A. Gibson Library, housed on eight floors of the Schmon Tower, and the Map Library located in Mackenzie Chown C306.
The Library's collections contain over 1.5 million physical items and a vast array of digital resources that are available both on and off-campus. These include an extensive number of databases, over 25,000 full text electronic journals, hundreds of thousands e-books, and several image and sound databases. Study spaces, including individual carrels and tables for group work are available for almost 1300 users. Computers are located on all library floors and laptops are available for loan from the Circulation Services Desk. The Library is open for over 95 hours each week including evenings and weekends, with extended hours during exam periods.
Detailed information on the Library's collections, services and hours is available at http://www.brocku.ca/library.
University Map Library
The Map Library maintains the cartographic reference collection for the university, including topographic and geologic maps, worldwide maps, and many other special-purpose maps and atlases. The Map Library holds the most extensive airphoto collection of Niagara dating from 1921 up to the present. It carries an extensive collection of digital map data, including large scale topographic, geoscience data, census data, outline maps, as well as a selection of electronic atlases. Public workstations are available for accessing digital map products and to support GIS software(Geographic Information Systems). A detailed description of the collection, various subject guides, digital outline maps, and other web resources, are accessible through the web site.
Instructional Resource Centre
The Instructional Resource Centre provides specialized library, media and computer services for the Faculty of Education. The IRC curriculum libraries are located on Floor 2 of Robert S. K. Welch Hall (St. Catharines Campus) and in Room 6 at the Hamilton Campus (1842 King Street East, Hamilton). The curriculum libraries offer a variety of curriculum resources to support elementary and secondary teaching as well as a special collection of Master of Education projects and theses. IRC Media Services are located on Floor 2 of Robert S. K. Welch Hall (St. Catharines Campus) and in Room 6 at the Hamilton Campus. Media Services has production areas with laminating presses, lettering systems, button maker and other equipment to assist in the production of teaching aids. At the Hamilton Campus, the Library provides classroom media services. Further information is available on their web site at