Teaching Support

The Library offers a variety of services that support teaching and learning at the University.

Liaison Librarians

Liaison Librarians communicate and collaborate with faculty members in specific academic units. Find yours.

The Faculty Library Representative is the designated individual in each academic department or program who is the point person for communication with the Library and their departmental Liaison Librarian.


Brock University Library supports teaching and learning in a variety of ways. Visiting classes to provide in-depth instruction to your students is one of these methods. We can work with you to develop curriculum that is specific to the course and assignment.

Guidelines for Library Instruction Requests

To ensure the library instruction sessions are as productive as possible for students and instructors, we ask that instructors adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Requests for instruction sessions must be requested prior to the start of term, or during term, 14 days in advance
    • Notice is required in order to ensure availability and to allow librarians time to prepare.
  • In-person teaching must be linked to an assignment.
    • When the information is relevant to students’ immediate needs and concerns, they are more likely to recall and be able to use the resources and strategies taught. Students should be made aware of the requirements of the assignment and have should have selected at least a preliminary research topic in advance of the session.
    • Requests for library orientation that is not associated with an assignment will be accommodated through online learning objects.
  • Instructors are expected to be present during the Library workshop.
    • It is crucial that instructors be on hand to answer questions about the research assignment if they arise. In addition, experience has shown that students are more engaged when the instructor participates in the session.

Please note that: 

  • Requests for general orientations to the library that are not associated with an assignment will be accommodated through online modules such as Getting Started with Library Research 
  • 100 level courses without substantial research requirements will be accommodated using online learning modules that cover the basics of library use and research. 
  • Seminar level instruction with multiple sections can be accommodated through a train-the-trainer model utilizing the tutorial assistants. 

Course Readings

Let us help you with your course readings. Upload your syllabus to the Reserve List Request form or in an email to reserve@brocku.ca. We will scan your materials for uploading to the reserve system. We will review your course readings and ensure:

  • copyright compliance
  • accessibility
  • off-campus access

Read the full details of our Course Readings service.

Book Requests

The library welcomes suggestions for the collection.  You can send your book requests to the Library using our online form, or contact your Liaison Librarian.  All requests (including requests for new journals, databases, etc) will be considered in consultation with our Collection Development Guidelines.

New Courses

Your Librarian can help with acquiring materials for new courses added to the program curriculum.

A completed Library Support for New Course Form is to be included with every new course submission to the Undergraduate Program Committee or Graduate Studies Committee.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available materials such as textbooks, course modules, videos and other content designed for use in teaching and learning.
Learn more.


Contact us in-person at the Ask Us Desk, via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at libhelp@brocku.ca