• Career Opportunity in Library Access Services

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time contract position of Circulation Assistant.

    Working in our Access Services department, a Circulation Assistant supports our busy Ask Us desk, and:

    • Assists students, faculty, staff, community members and other visitors in locating, using and borrowing material, and communicating relevant loan rules and library policies
    • Guides users in the functions of the Integrated Library System (Omni) and, upon request, direct to online databases and other Library and Learning Commons resources and services
    • Processes circulation tasks including loans, returns, requests for holds, digitization, transit to other campus locations or consortia partner libraries
    • Provides first point of contact service and basic technical support, including logging on to workstation, how to print, scan, and photocopy
    • Provides directional/ reception service, responding to questions, in-person, by telephone, and over email regarding internal library and university departments/ locations

    Please see the position posting for more details.

    Apply online by Aug. 12, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Head, Access Services.

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  • Career Opportunity in the Digital Scholarship Lab

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time contract position of Digital Scholarship Lab Coordinator.

    The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) Operations Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating and administering the daily operations of the Digital Scholarship Lab. The incumbent also works in collaboration with library and University colleagues to develop and implement integrated internal and external marketing communications and outreach initiatives to promote the DSL.

    Apply online by August 10, 2021, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Acting Head, Digital Scholarship Lab.

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  • Book a spot!

    With the University now in stage 3 of its reopening process, we are pleased to offer increased study options in the James A. Gibson Library. Fifty individual study spots are available for pre-booking.

    Two or three-hour time slots are available during weekday mornings and afternoons. The Library closes between 12 and 1pm for cleaning.

    Make your booking now!

    Questions? Please email


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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.

    To ensure your students have access to their fall course materials, we encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by August 3, 2021.  

    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. 

    A note about print reserve readings:

    While we encourage instructors to continue using online alternatives, print reserves will resume for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    It is important for instructors to consider the element of risk in choosing to use print reserves for your course: If strict public health measures were to resume, these materials might be inaccessible for your students. Electronic readings have the benefit of being available to students no matter the changing public health measures.

    Several alternatives to print resources are available including the creation of course-specific online packs. The Reserves team is ready to work with you to develop these for your students. More information about non-print options is available. Liaison Librarians are also available to help you identify alternate resources. 

    The E-Textbook Challenge.

    Providing digital access to some textbooks may be hindered by the textbook publishers because most textbooks are not available to libraries in any format other than print.  Most of the major textbook publishers — Pearson, Cengage, Houghton, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press Canada Textbooks, Elsevier Imprints, Thieme — do not sell e-textbooks to libraries. This means that for courses that have adopted textbooks from these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook have no alternative access to the textbook contents. 


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  • Canadian Reads

    Dear Reader, this month we present recent Canadian titles covering topics as diverse as historic exploration, and graphic novels to hip hop, and synchrotron radiation. With plenty of fiction and poetry also in the mix, there’s something for everyone!

    While a few titles are available in print only, it’s quick and easy to place a hold for pickup.

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  • Cheering on the Class of 2021

    Congratulations to the 2021 Brock University Graduating Class.

    We’ve shared late nights and early mornings with you. We’ve been at the ready when you’ve dashed in to print assignments and loaned countless course reserve readings and whiteboard markers. We’ve explained the research process, and taught dozens of workshops from 3D printing and ArcGIS to programming, research 101, and yoga.

    All of those interactions big and small, in-person and online have led to this great day – your graduation from Brock University.  We are proud of your accomplishments and offer our whole-hearted best wishes.



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  • New titles from Cambridge Histories Online

    Cambridge Histories, with over 100 years of content and 350+ volumes, is a series of continually updated reference works covering a broad range of subjects across the humanities and social sciences. Cambridge University Press intended the series to cover all of human history with concentrations in political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music, and the arts. Each volume includes authoritative narrative accounts by specialists and extensive bibliographies. Some histories are individual volumes, while others are part of multi-volume series (eg. History of Violence). The search interface is simple and straightforward, the text is fully searchable and books or book chapters can be linked directly from Sakai. Downloading of individual chapters is permitted.

    New 2021 titles include: The Cambridge History of the Kurds and The Cambridge History of Terrorism.

    For more information about Cambridge Histories Online, please contact Laurie Morrison at


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  • Spotlight on Trans titles

    Happy Pride Month #BrockU

    Here’s a look back at a featured collection we first brought to you for International Trans Day of Visibility, held ever year on March 31.  This selection of books and e-books represent a diversity of genres and topics, ranging from poetry to memoir, history to romance. Many of the authors spotlighted are Canadian, including Gwen Benaway, Vivek Shraya and Ivan Coyote. 

    This collection is a mix of print and e-books but it’s quick and easy to place a hold on print items for pickup.


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  • Celebrating Pride Month

    Happy Pride Month #BrockU

    Here’s a look back at a featured collection we first brought to you during Brock Pride Week this past March.  This selection of books and e-books features titles from Canada and around the world written by LGBTQ2S+ authors, and about LGBTQ2s+ theory.

    This collection is a mix of print and e-books but it’s quick and easy to place a hold on print items for pickup.


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  • Trio of Featured Collections for National Indigenous History Month

    In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

    In honour of NIHM, we offer three featured collections within Omni that showcase books, e-books and streaming videos by and about Indigenous creators.

    While a few titles are available in print only, it’s quick and easy to place a hold for pickup.

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