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The Top 5 Things to Know About the Library

  • Your University of Guelph identification card is your library card.
    Your card must be activated at the Circulation and Interlibrary Services desk just inside the entrance of the Library to borrow books and use some other library services. You can borrow books directly from most other university libraries in Ontario by presenting your valid U of G card. You can return books here and we will return them to the other library.

  • The Library is available on the internet 24 hours a day from wherever you are located.
    The Library is available at (this should be a link Think about it - you're at home, at the cottage, in your residence room, your lab - wherever you have Internet access you can use TRELLIS (the Library Catalogue) or journal indexes and abstracts. Make sure you have your card validated for Library use.

  • TRELLIS: What is it and how do you use it.
    TRELLIS is the Library catalogue with access to 7.5 million books, journals, maps, government publications, and audio-visual materials owned by the Libraries of the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Chances are you'll find something of value in the collection no matter what topic you are researching. Learn how to use TRELLIS by asking for help at one of our reference desks or attend one of our free workshops. See (this should be a link for our schedule.

  • When to search TRELLIS and when to search Journal Indexes and Abstracts.
    Picture it this way: TRELLIS is an index organized by title, author, call number, subject headings of what the Library owns. Journal indexes and abstracts are an organized way of finding research articles published in journals. Magazines, periodicals and journals are all terms describing the same thing - collections of articles (whether popular such as Macleans or scholarly such as Journal of the American Medical Association) that are published with a consistent frequency (weekly, biweekly, monthly, yearly, etc.). You can find out which journals the Library owns by looking in TRELLIS and you can find out what articles are published in those journals by looking in a journal index - all on the Library's homepage.

  • TUG: What is it and how do you benefit from it.
    It's not a boat. TUG is the TriUniversity Group of Libraries, a partnership of the libraries of the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, formed in 1995 to enhance services and resources. To request books held at one of the partner libraries, simply place a Hold/Recall for the item you want using TRELLIS. Books will be sent to the library of your choice, probably Guelph, within 2-3 days. To request an article available at one of the other sites - fill in the electronic TUGdoc form and a photocopy of the article will be delivered to your on-campus mailbox within 3-4 days.

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