XV. General Information

Library and Learning Commons


Your university ID card is your Library card and can also be used to sign out books from most other Ontario university libraries. The Library shares a catalogue of books and other resources with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Libraries. Books are delivered between the three campuses to fill patron requests on a daily basis.

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the McLaughlin Library, brings together in one location services that enhance learning, writing, research, numeracy, data and technology at the University of Guelph.

The Ask Us Desk is the first point of contact for Library users—the starting point for your information and research needs. Research help is available in person, by email, phone or online chat.

Library Accessibility Services (LAS) provides access to space, software, technology and training that enable students with disabilities to read, write and study more effectively.

Learning Services provides support to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty concerned with enhancing student learning and academic performance. Services include workshops, print and online resources, and individual assistance, as well as specialized services for faculty.

Writing Services provides support to help students of all levels develop stronger academic writing skills. Services include appointments, drop-ins, and workshops, as well as print and online handouts. Specialized programs and services are available for English-as-an-additional language students.

Supported Learning Group Program (SLG) uses peer-led study sessions to enrich the learning experience of students enrolled in historically challenging courses including first year History, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology among others.

The Data Resource Centre (DRC) is the central repository on campus for numeric/statistical and geospatial data, providing Geographic Information System (GIS), data analysis, and web surveys support.

Library IT and IT Help Desk provides assistance to students, faculty and staff with IT related questions or problems. The Library provides wireless internet access and has laptops available for short-term loan, in addition to its public workstations. Public printers, photocopiers, and scanners are provided.

Group Study rooms are available on a check-out basis. Room keys can be charged out on your Library account at the Circulation & Interlibrary Services Desk, 1st floor. Rooms are checked out on a first come first served basis and there are no advanced bookings.

Archival and Special Collections is the central resource for archival materials and rare books across a wide variety of disciplines. Staff provide archival literacy instruction in classes and are committed to assisting students find the primary sources they need to complete assignments.

Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Exam Centre is located on the Library’s second floor and contains private and small group rooms for tests and exams. A number of computers are equipped with adaptive technology. Scribes and readers can be arranged for individual student needs.

The Science Commons, located on the Library’s third floor, is a learning and resource centre for students in mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry, providing one-on-one help, group and individual study space.

The Library: Your Academic Town Square.http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1