• Library hours for the summer term

    Library Summer Hours 8-5, M-F

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  • Brock Librarians strengthen support for Open Access

    Brock Librarians are leading by example as champions of open scholarship with a new commitment to freely share the results of their scholarly activities.

    Under Library Council’s new Open Access Policy, librarians will strive to practice Open Access by:

    • Depositing their scholarly outputs in the Brock Digital Repository or other appropriate subject/institutional repository
    • Publishing in open access journals whenever feasible
    • Openly disseminating any scholarly non-textual outputs
    • Advocating for open publishing in their work as editors, reviewers and authors
    • Assisting all Brock researchers, including their library colleagues, to make their research openly available

    “This policy statement reflects Library Council’s support for the importance of openness,” said Ian Gibson, chair of Library Council, “while respecting the academic freedom of Librarians to publish in the manner they feel is most appropriate for their work.”

    Open Access has many benefits, including broadening the reach of Brock research, enhancing opportunities for collaboration and promoting new models of freely sharing scholarship. It also ensures publicly funded research is freely available to the public.

    Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian ~


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  • Library Open Access Publishing Fund opens for 2017-18

    The Library Open Access Publishing Fund is now accepting applications for 2017-18.

    The fund, established in 2011, raises awareness of the benefits of open access to scholarly research and helps Brock authors broaden the reach of their research. The fund allows Brock researchers to apply for grants to cover the costs of article-processing charges levied by some open access journals. The fund – increased to $15,000 for 2017-18 – provides maximum grants of $2,500 CDN per author.

    While article-processing charges (APCs) are not a sustainable business model to transform scholarly publishing, in some cases Brock researchers may feel that publishing in open access journals with APCs is the best way to make their publications publicly accessible. The Library, as a partner in disseminating Brock scholarship, demonstrates its commitment to open access by financially supporting the publishing fund and several other initiatives.

    Many other venues allow researchers to achieve open access, including the Brock Digital Repository, a publicly accessible online archive where Brock scholars can make their work accessible to everyone around the globe — for free.

    The Library also invests in open access memberships with several publishers which provide discounted APCs for members of the Brock community. And we financially support the development of innovative open access platforms for scholarship, including Erudit, the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Public Knowledge Project.

    The Library also provides local support for several peer-reviewed open access journals via Scholarly Journals at Brock; we welcome more publications to join the platform.

    Questions? Contact Elizabeth Yates, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at or 905-688-5550 x4469.

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  • Congratulations Class of 2017!

    From all of us at the Gibson and Map, Data & GIS Libraries, our compliments and very best wishes for success to the graduating class of 2017. We welcome you to use our services, borrow at no charge, and enjoy other privileges such as access to online resources. Read more and stop by soon!

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  • Alternate Access to the Library and Learning Commons

    During the temporary closure of the Schmon Tower lobby (part of Brock LINC construction), please access the Library and Learning Commons through the south Thistle doors.

    To meet with your Liaison Librarian on the 11th floor, use the elevators from the first floor near Guernsey Market.

    To return books after hours, please use the drop-box at Campus Security Services in the Kenmore Centre. Faculty and staff also have the option of returning books via inter-office mail.

    In addition:

    • CareerZone has moved from its location near the south entrance to ST211 near the elevators.
    • A-Z Learning Services workshops will be held in TH123 instead of LC Classroom B.
    • The Common Grounds Café remains open and be available during construction.

    Thank you for your understanding!

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  • Welcome to our new website!

    You’ve probably noticed that the Library website looks a little different. That’s because we have switched our webpages over to Brock’s WordPress content management system, part of a gradual rollout for the entire university website.

    This change only affects the Library’s own information pages – tools like SuperSearch, the library catalogue, and other library databases remain the same. The addresses for some library web pages have changed, but any outdated links will automatically redirect to the updated address.


    • Responsive Design
      • The new website is responsive, meaning it will automatically adjust to fit whatever device you’re using – desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet
    • Streamlined Navigation
      • Our navigation and site layout have been streamlined to make it easier to find what you’re looking for
    • Accessibility
      • We’ve ensured the website meets with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) standards so it is useable for everyone.


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    If you have questions about this change, please contact:

    John Dingle
    Digital Services & Liaison Librarian

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  • Library Speaker Series … Bright Ideas You can Use

    The Brock Library is set to launch the Library Speaker Series next week with the aim of exploring new directions, roles and initiatives for the academic library.

    Our first talk – a panel discussion on Makerspaces in Higher Education, will be held Wednesday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Makerspace movement offers libraries new ways to engage with students, forge new campus collaborations, and participate in discussions surrounding new understandings of both teaching and learning. All are invited to learn how these unique spaces in libraries can unleash creativity and innovation to solve real-world problems. Dr. Camille Rutherford, Department of Teacher Education and Dr. Karen Smith, Department of Popular Culture, Communication and Film will share their knowledge and experience in a panel discussion along with Tabitha Lewis from the Library Makerspace team.

    Makerspaces in Higher Education: a Panel Discussion
    Wednesday May 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Thistle 253 (Library E-Classroom)

    All are Welcome!

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  • Kudos to University Archivist

    The Library is happy to recognize the significant accomplishment of our Archivist, David Sharron who recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS). Training for the certification is administered by the Society of American Archivists and is a particularly rigorous two year program of course work on digital archives. Passing the certification exam with flying colours, David is one of only three archivists in all of Canada to receive this desgination.


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  • Extended Hours during the Examination Period

    Calling all night owls! #LateNightLibrary is back for the winter term. The main floor of the James A. Gibson Library and Matheson Learning Commons will be open until 2:30 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday each week. Friday April 21 we will also be open until 2:30am.

    Saturdays April 15 and April 22 we will be open from 9:00am-11:00pm.

    Extended hours will be available until April 25th.

    The late night study space includes individual study space, computers, group study rooms, photocopiers and printers. Please note that access is via the Thistle entrance only — the Schmon Tower entrance doors will be unavailable. Library services such as borrowing and research help will not be available during late night study.

    Those who rely on public transit should be aware of transit schedules. Please note the last St. Catharines Transit Bus leaving campus is at 11:30pm. During late night hours patrons desiring accompaniment walking to their residence or car can contact Campus Security (download the Brock Mobile app to easily reach the dispatcher). During the exam period, BUSU will continue to offer the ‘Drive Home’ shuttle service.
    This initiative would not be possible without the cooperation and support of BUSU, Campus Security and Facilities Management.

    Questions? Contact


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  • On Display : Astérix and Obélix

    “The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaires who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium …”

    Translated into 107 languages and adored around the world, the comic series Astérix et Obélix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo debuted in 1959. In all, 36 albumns have been published since then. In addition to print, the anti-heroes have been featured in numerous films and games. In 1989, their influence extended further with the opening of Parc Astérix, a theme park north of Paris.

    The Library and Learning Commons display cases – in a light-hearted end to the winter term, are exhibiting several albums and figurines of the characters. Enjoy the display and be on the look-out for Dogmatix (Astérix’s loyal companion and tiny fearless terrier). He has his own method for dealing with the invading Romans!

    Special thanks to Sébastien Marchal (University Marketing and Communications) and Catherine Parayre (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures – French Studies) for this entertaining exhibit.

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