• Public library memberships available

    We love libraries! All kinds. So we are delighted to announce on-campus visits by staff from the St. Catharines and Thorold Public Libraries.

    Getting a card is easy, and free. Fill in a form, present some ID, and then you’ll be all set to borrow video games, join book clubs, experience adult craft nights, and more. Online resources such as popular magazines, audio books, streaming videos and music are also available, and offer the perfect complement to our more scholarly collections.

    Who: Thorold Public Library
    Matheson Learning Commons (Library main floor)
    Wednesday, September 13, 2-4 pm.

    Who: St. Catharines Public Library
    Where: Matheson Learning Commons (Library main floor)
    When: Thursday, September 14, 1-5 pm.


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  • Fall wellness book club registration now open

    Registration is now open for the fall 2023 Wellness Book Club.  This term, we will be reading a book all about the promises and the darker side of wellness culture.  Described as “a clear-eyed exploration of what wellness can actually offer us,” The Gospel of Wellness is written by a journalist who has tried nearly every wellness trend: the ‘clean’ eating, the detoxes, the boutique fitness classes, and more.  Rina Raphael argues that, rather than alleviating stress, the wellness industry creates unrealistic and costly burdens on consumers.

    The Book Club is hosted by librarian, Justine Cotton, who is passionate about the positive impact of reading and community.  You can contact her with any questions about the Club at

    Members will receive a copy of the book and a wellness care package.  Meetings will be held virtually during the month of October and participants may choose to participate in a research study on the benefits of reading “for fun” on stress levels in university students.

    Register here:

    *maximum 10 participants

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  • Join in the hunt on International Geocaching Day

    Have you ever wanted to go on a real-life treasure hunt, but never did because you thought it was only real in children’s stories and the movies? Well, get ready for adventure and exploring because geocaching is 21st century treasure hunting! Geocaching is a free outdoor activity that uses GPS technology to find the containers unsurprisingly called a geocache that have small treasures to trade, and a log book to sign.  

    To start, borrow a GPS device from the Map, Data & GIS Library, or download a geocaching app on your smartphone like Geocaching (Android, iPhone, and iPad), Cachly (iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch), or c:geo (Android), and input the coordinates for the geocache you want to find. There are two geocaches on Brock Campus – Welcome to Brock, a micro-cache, and Fin de Siècle, a multi-step cache. 

    Next, find the cache! Stay on the trail if there is one, and once you’re close, use your hands and eyes to finish the hunt. They can be well hidden so be creative while searching and while they are never buried, they are not always on the ground. When you find it, sign the logbook, take a treasure, and always leave another treasure of equal or greater value for the next geocachers. Take your trash out with you and leave the site better than you found it.  

    Join geocachers around the world on August 19, 2023 for the 12th annual celebration of International Geocaching Day! Go to for more information on geocaching and events. 

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  • Employment opportunity

    Join our User Services & Engagement team at the James A. Gibson Library as a Library Assistant, Engagement. In this role you will:

    • promote Library services and build awareness of Library services and resources
    • initiate engagement and outreach activities
    • manage the Library’s social media accounts
    • create physical and virtual promotional / informational materials
    • act as first point of contact for users and assist with research and general inquiries
    • provide back-up support, as needed, to departmental teams supporting other key service areas (e.g. Reserves, Interlibrary loan, Stacks maintenance).

    If you are a highly creative and collaborative person with a strong service ethic, please apply on the Career Services website by August 12 at 12:01am.

    Note: Interested applicants are asked to provide a sample of their promotional work along with resume and cover letter.

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  • Instructors encouraged to submit fall term reading lists soon

    Reserve request processing for the fall term is underway at Brock University Library. Beat the rush and ensure your students have timely access to their fall course materials. We encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by early to mid-August.  

    An instructor self-serve option is also available, providing flexibility to instructors who wish to do this work themselves. All self-submissions will get a final check for copyright compliance, and will then be active for students. 


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  • Improvements coming to interlibrary loan services

    The RACER software that has supported interlibrary loan activity for over 20 years, has reached end-of-life and is being discontinued. Over the past several months, Brock University Library and our Ontario partner universities have been transitioning interlibrary loan activity to the Omni platform which has become the predominant tool for interlibrary loan activity here at Brock. This summer we will be completing the transition to using the Omni interface exclusively. All Ontario universities are required to make this shift.  

    Effective July 1st, Brock RACER accounts will no longer be functional, and the system will not accept requests.   

    • Any in-progress requests will still be completed. 
    • If you have information in your teaching materials directing students to RACER, please remove/replace with information directing them to Omni instead. 

    The good news is that Omni, our academic search tool, is equipped to support all of your interlibrary loan needs!  

    Rest assured that no services are being lost with this change. Access to materials at other libraries remains the same. 

    More improvements! 

    • there will no longer be a need to create and maintain a separate RACER password: Your Brock account credentials provide access to Omni and all related services.   
    • When searching in Omni, you can select ‘Get it from another library’ to request an item that Brock does not own (see screen shot below).  
    • Or skip the searching and use the Omni blank request form available on the library website to submit a request! We’ll do the searching for you!     

    An Omni catalogue record for a book showing with an arrow pointing to "Get it from another library."

    We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible and have notified active RACER users and faculties directly of the change.  

    Please feel free to send any questions to:

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  • Construction on floor 10 begins soon

    Construction adjacent to Brock’s Archives and Special Collections on floor 10 will begin on Monday, July 3. Noise and disruption are expected during the project which is expected to last 3-4 weeks. The floor will remain open for book retrieval, and access to the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room is not affected.

    Alternative silent study spaces in the library are located on floor 9, the silent study room on the northside of floor 5 and Classroom B in the Matheson Learning Commons.


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  • Join our team as the Makerspace Supervisor

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time permanent Makerspace Supervisor in our state of the art facility which consists of prototyping equipment, an audio lab, a photography/video production lab and an instructional lab.

    The Makerspace Supervisor will provide operational leadership and supervision to the Makerspace team, coordination, technical support, and end-user support for the Library Makerspace. The Supervisor is responsible for developing and/or coordinating partnerships and participation in events, including preparing and delivering workshops and demonstrations.

    If you are keen to promote ‘Maker Culture’ on campus and in the community, we invite you to learn more about the role, qualifications, salary, etc. and apply by June 2 at 12:01am

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  • Join our team as Teaching & Learning Librarian, Special Projects

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time, two-year limited term appointment position of Teaching & Learning Librarian, Special Projects. Responsibilities include course-based instruction in a variety of formats and supporting special projects of strategic importance to the department, including development and maintenance of e-learning objects, support for open education, and assessment of teaching & learning.

    Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until June 18, 2023 at 12:01am.

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  • Join our team as a Circulation Clerk

    Brock University Library is recruiting for two Circulation Clerks for the User Services & Engagement department.

    The Circulation Clerk in User Services & Engagement is responsible for assisting users with locating, using and borrowing material and providing basic copying and printing services to all users at the Ask Us desk. Depending on departmental needs, the Circulation Clerk may work a variety of days/shifts including day, evening, weekend and/or holiday on an “on-call” temporary basis.

    Learn more about the role, qualifications, salary, etc. and apply by May 30 at 12:01am

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