Omni FAQ

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Welcome to Omni, your new search tool.

Brock University Library is one of 16 Ontario university libraries to implement a shared library services platform (LSP). Omni will improve library support for students, faculty, and staff by providing enhanced discovery and delivery of valuable information resources at Brock and our partner institutions.

Highlights of the Omni include the option to:

  • Discover collections at Brock and all 16 Ontario partner institutions.
    Refine by resource type, library collection, focused subjects, availability, and more.
  • Browse physical materials on the shelf using Virtual Browse.
  • Follow citation trails from references within an article, and those that cite it.
  • Request materials beyond Brock as you discover them (coming in March 2020)
  • Pin, collate, and tag materials in your favourites file for easy retrieval.
  • Cite, email, and export to a citation tool to manage your information.

Questions or concerns about Omni? Contact your Liaison Librarian or email

Omni is a library search tool that enables the search of multiple library collections and databases simultaneously.

Learn more: Meet Omni: Ontario’s new academic search tool

Everything the library owns in physical format and the resources in our online subscriptions are included. Because Omni is a shared system, Brock users will also be able to see the physical holdings at all 16 Omni schools.

Omni has some useful features to assist the user with their research.

Extensive Access: Omni allows you to search and explore a vast, shared collection of physical scholarly resources that includes books, journal articles, videos, music, and more.

One quick search: Finds ALL items owned by our library, whether they’re online or physical.

Powerful filters: Refine by resource type, library collection, focused subjects, availability, and more.

Follow Citation Trails: In your search results, it’s easy to find sources citing the article you’ve found. You can also find other sources cited in the article.

Related Reading: Lists of related reading pop up in search results to help you find more.

Virtual Browse: The virtual browse option appears within book records, allowing you to virtually scan physically adjacent items.

Detailed information about how to search Omni is available in the Omni Search Tips guide.

Links to SuperSearch will no longer work after migration. In advance of the change and for next term’s classes, we recommend that you use our Course Reserves service to help you prepare.

Consider uploading your syllabus to the Reserve List Request form or send it to Reserve staff will scan your materials for uploading to the reserve system and will ensure copyright compliance, accessibility, and off-campus access.

Another option is to manually change the SuperSearch links to publisher or vendor platform links. For example, instead of using the Permalink from SuperSearch that looks like this:, use a link to the article on the publisher website or vendor platform. 

Use the link checker,, to ensure that the link will work off campus. 

For more help, see How to Create Persistent Links.

All saved information in your MyEBSCOHost folders will continue to exist after our subscription to SuperSearch ends on December 31. However, you won’t be able to view the full text of the articles, just the metadata and abstract information will be visible.

Log in to EBSCOhost or any EBSCOhost database, such as Academic Search Complete, to print, email, save, or export the citations from your folders.

By implementing Omni together with 16 partners, we can offer broader access to resources for our communities. The collaboration builds upon 50 years of successful cooperative work among Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) member libraries. We’ll have the common infrastructure needed to work together in new ways, share expertise, and collaborate more efficiently in managing and preserving our collections.

Here’s what we’ve been working on:
Phase 1: Feasibility Study (November 2014 – July 2015)
Phase 2: Developing System Requirements and Pre-Procurement (August 2015 – Fall 2016)
Phase 3: Procurement and Implementation at Libraries (Winter 2017 – Ongoing)
Onboarding and implementation (Fall 2018 – Fall 2019)

Go-live date: Dec. 10, 2019


  • Algoma University
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University


Contact us in-person at the Ask Us Desk, via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at