While access to our building remains limited, we can support you online. Learn about the phased reopening of library services.

Faculty & Instructors

The library continues to respond to the changing landscape caused by COVID-19. See Reopening of Library Services for the latest information.

We offer a broad range of resources and services to support your teaching, research and scholarship.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help.


Research & scholarship

Services to support your teaching

How do I set up course reserves?

Use Ares Course Reserves to help your students find course material all in one place.

  • We will do our best to purchase or license a digital alternative to the print materials you require as our physical collection is currently unavailable.
  • We will enable access via the Ares course reserve system to any content that already exists in a digital format, such as e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials.
  • We will ensure that all material posted in Ares is copyright and AODA compliant and is able to be directly integrated into CourseLink.

Permitted uses of copyrighted works are generally the same whether teaching is done in person or online. Copies that were okay to provide to students in a classroom setting are also okay to post for students to access online, especially when online access is limited to the same enrolled students, for example, on CourseLink.

Learn more about copyright and lecture slides, course readings, audiovisual material, and tests and exams.

How can I find videos to use in my teaching?

Learn about public performance rights and browse our collection of streaming videos for classroom use.

How does the library support Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials (including textbooks, videos, question banks, simulations and much more) that are openly licensed and freely available for anyone to use. OER can benefit you and your students:

  • They often allow for modification so they can be tailored to your course.
  • OER lessens financial pressures on students and ensures they have access to course materials.

Learn more about OER and watch this this short video featuring University of Guelph faculty who have used OER.

How do I book a workshop or find CourseLink resources for my class?

The Library provides hundreds of workshops each semester. This summer and fall, we’re moving our programs and resources online to continue to support you.

To maximize our reach, we’re offering a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online resources, such as videos, handouts, guides, worksheets, and presentations. Please contact us to find out more about how we can support your class.

We also continue to offer online consultations and individual support to students who would like personalized guidance.

Class support and resources for CourseLink sites are available in the following areas:

  • Writing
    We can assist with incorporating writing skills and assignments into your courses. For a range of  asynchronous materials that you can incorporate into your classes or course websites, check out our Writing Resources and Workshops page.
  • Research skills
    Contact Research Assistance  to discuss support for your course  or to get advice on developing learning outcomes, assignments and assessment tools.
  • Numeric and geospatial data and statistics
    Contact the Data Resources team about in-class instruction and workshops on data collection, creation, cleaning and preparation, analysis, or visualization. We provide instruction on several statistical and geospatial analysis tools.
  • Studying, time management and presentation skills
    Contact the library to learn about how Learning Services can provide workshops or resources for your courses and students  on a wide range of academic skills, including

    • Presentation skills and poster design and delivery
    • Managing the adjustment to online learning, including maintaining motivation, sticking to a schedule, and preparing for online assessment
    • Critical and strategic reading
    • Managing academic failure
  • Publishing and author support
    Contact Publishing and Author Support to learn about how we can provide workshops, instruction, or individual consultations on author rights, open access publishing, research data management, Open Educational Resources (OER), and digital scholarship support.
  • Archival & Special Collections
    We offer rich experiential learning opportunities for students to work with rare and archival material, and curate physical installations and digital exhibits. Contact the Archival & Special Collections team to learn more.
  • Digital media projects
    We offer consultations on assignment design to integrate digital media assignments (such as videos, blogs, and podcasts) into courses. There are also many self-directed resources available to help students complete these projects, including help guides, videos and tutorials. Contact the library to learn more about the ways we can support your courses.

Where can I find more resources for my CourseLink site?

How does the library support experiential learning?

  • The library has more than 70 Peer Helpers who receive in-depth training and development in order to provide a range of academic support to students.
  • Archival & Special Collections offers rich experiential learning opportunities for students to work with rare and archival material, and curate physical installations and digital exhibits.
  • Students can gain valuable experience in academic publishing by contributing to open access journals hosted by the library.
  • The library has a filming studio, video editing suite and sound booth. We can help you integrate digital media (videos, podcasts, infographics) into course assignments.

How do I refer students to appointments and services?

  • The Ask Us Desk is a great place for students to get started.
  • Students can book free appointments to get help with one of our experts.
  • We offer a wide range of free workshops for undergraduate and graduate students.

How does the library support students with disabilities?

Library Accessibility Services provides adaptive software, technology access and instruction, study space, and other services designed to help students who are registered with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) with reading, writing, note-taking and studying.

Services to support your research and scholarship

How do I get help managing my data?

We can help you with the information and tools necessary to develop a sound data management strategy. We can also help with finding, collecting, analyzing, visualizing and preserving data. Contact the Data Resources team to learn more.

How does the library support the archiving and preservation of research?

We provide support to help researchers meet funding requirements, and prepare and deposit research outputs for preservation and sharing in an appropriate selected repository or a U of G repository. Contact Publishing & Author Support.

How does the library support publishing and author rights?

We can help you keep your rights as authors and help you sort out the world of copyright, intellectual property, and author addenda. We can give you the inside track on publishing in traditional journals, open access publishing, and other publishing formats (social media, podcasts, etc.) 

We help create a website, online exhibit, or other digital project and help you choose and use the right specialized software to meet your needs. We help with creating accessible web content, scripting and debugging, and database design. Contact Publishing & Author Support.

Can I get help with my writing?

Faculty and instructors are welcome to book individual writing appointments with one of our staff members.

The Faculty Writing Retreat is offered each summer. This week-long retreat is designed for faculty and staff working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles.

Can I get research assistance?

We offer one-on-one appointments to help you.

  • Develop a research strategy
  • Identify key databases
  • Find grey literature
  • Improve your search queries to enhance precision and recall
  • Use software (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote) to manage your citations
  • Get started on a literature review, scoping review, or systematic review

How do I search the library or request an item?

Use Omni to search the U of G library and 13 other Ontario university libraries. Omni gives you access to books, ebooks, journals, streaming video, and archival & special collections.

We also subscribe to hundreds of specialized databases.

Can't find what you need? RACER is our free interlibrary loan service.

Request a new purchase for the library collection.