Library services and resources

Omni library system

The University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo libraries are part of the Omni library system, a collaboration among 14 Ontario university libraries that allows researchers to search across all sites.

Note: Library Services may be disrupted during Covid-19.

Key features of Omni include:

  • One-stop searching of resources from 14 Ontario universities via the library catalogue, Omni
  • During COVID-19, the ability to request print items from the 14 libraries is limited. Currently you can only request print items from Guelph, Laurier, and Waterloo. Make requests through your home university's instance of Omni to find the book from the other university library. You will not be able to place the request from their instance of Omni. Please note that some print items from Laurier and Waterloo are still restricted (see "c" below).
    1. For example, if you are a student at the University of Guelph wishing to borrow a print item from the University of Waterloo, you will request it through the University of Guelph's library OMNI system (your home university), not the University of Waterloo's OMNI system where the item resides.
    2. Once your item is available, you will pick it up from your home university library.
      1. A mail-out service is being rolled out and is currently available to Guelph (see "Library In-Person Pickup & Home Delivery of Books") and Waterloo Students only.
    3. Currently, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University libraries have some of their print items available through HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Collection. Unfortunately for items in this collection libraries are unable to provide electronic access, nor are they allowed to lend the print version of that resource to anyone outside of their institutions under the terms of their agreements. For example, Waterloo students cannot access any HathiTrust item (e-version or print) available through Laurier at this time. Please note that you may receive a "request cancelled" response from the system if this is the case.
      1. Information about Laurier's HathiTrust service.
      2. Information about Waterloo's HathiTrust service.
  • 120-day loan period for most print items
  • For members of the TRI-U History Graduate Program only, access to online resources at the three TRI-U program libraries (see below)

Access to online resources at the three libraries of the TRI-U History Graduate Program

Students and faculty of the TRI-U program are eligible to access electronic resources from the three libraries (University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Waterloo) associated with this joint program. Check the relevant page below for your university's information on how to register and log in to the other sites.

History research guides

Interlibrary loan

For items not available through the Omni library system, use the interlibrary loan services form for your university to submit a request. So, for example, if you can identify a print or microform item that exists somewhere in the world, your home library will try and get it for you, at no additional cost to you. Please note that during COVID-19, physical items are not available. However, librarians will try and obtain digital versions of items where they can, within limitations determined by copyright or license agreements.

Additionally, as a graduate student in a Canadian University, you are entitled to freely visit, borrow, and return items at any Canadian academic library (fees applicable for the University of Toronto). See the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information. Note: At present, almost no universities are allowing people from outside their own university to come on campus or to make use of their curbside pickup programs.  Students who are interested in this are advised to call ahead and confirm whether this will be possible.

Research assistance

Each TRI-U institution has a librarian who supports the history department at their site. These librarians can assist you with search strategies, identifying appropriate resources, citation management, and more. Don’t hesitate to contact:

Covid-19 Information

For updates on possible changes due to COVID-19, please see:

Guelph Library Covid-19 update

Laurier library Covid-19 update

Waterloo library Covid-19 update