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
  • The ability to request most print items from any of the 14 university libraries
  • 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.

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.

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