Library services and resources

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

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 16 Ontario university libraries that allows researchers to search across all sites (more information).

Key features of Omni include:

  • One-stop searching of resources from 16 Ontario universities via the library catalogue.
  • Make requests through your home university's instance of Omni to find the book from the other university library.
    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 instance of Omni (your home university), not the University of Waterloo's instance of Omni where the item resides.
    2. Once your item is available, you will be instructed by your home university library on how and where to pick the item up.
      1. NOTE The University of Waterloo library is currently subscribing to the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). Print items in the University of Waterloo print collection that are also available in ETAS will only be available in digital format to UW students, with the print items locked down for the duration of the service. For example, Laurier users cannot access any HathiTrust item (e-version or print) available through Waterloo at this time. An Omni request for one of these items will result in a "request cancelled" response. 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. While you will likely be automatically registered, check the relevant page below for your university's information joint registration.

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. NOTE: Access to some materials may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

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: Access to some locations may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Students who are interested in visiting another library 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: