Text us your library questions

Have Library questions you’d like answered? In addition to our online chat service being opened for online questions, you can now text us your questions as well. We are starting Text Us!, a pilot project for text help from the Library community. Text 613-505-4245 with your Library-related question and someone will get back to you during the Text Chat service hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday. You can check out more help information on the Library help page

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Library out 24/5

Starting Sunday, September 8, the Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week.
The library will be open weekly at 9 a.m. on Sunday and remain open until Friday at midnight throughout the academic year. The additional hours are meant to provide additional study spaces on the main floor. Library services will not be offered between midnight and 8 a.m. but this study space will be available.
During these hours, the second floor will be used as a quiet space. Students are permitted to talk at a very low level as long as it is kept to a minimum. 

Find more hours at:

Grad student meet and greet: Library

On Friday September 13, Research Support Services (RSS, my department) is hosting a Meet and Greet for Carleton graduate students.
On hand to chat with students will be members of RSS as well as the librarians responsible for scholarly communications (Pat Moore) and copyright (Val Critchley), staff from other library departments (e.g., Archives and Research Collections) and library partners such as the Discovery Centre, and CSAS.
Please encourage your grad students to attend--there will be food, swag and lots of good information about library services to support their academic success. Students who attend are eligible to win $25 on their campus card.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me either at extension 2985 or by email at

Collections: Send in your requests

If you have monographs (books), films or games that you'd like to have added to the library collection, let me know.  Faculty and student recommendations are critical to ensuring that our collection is relevant and current.

Recent requests that are in or coming to the collection include:

Contemporary children's literature (for example, When you look out the window)The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and SecurityFictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, SpeculationThe fifth region (film)If you have suggestions, send them to me at

Now Accepting Library Reserve Requests

MacOdrum Library is now accepting library reserve requests for the upcoming academic year. Send your course outline or reading list to and the readings will be added to Ares, our course reserve management system. 
The reserves staff will retrieve, scan, and process all readings and will also ensure all e-reserve material comply with current copyright guidelines. Students will be able to access their electronic readings through cuLearn. 
Questions? Please visit the Library Reserves website for more information, or, contact the library reserves staff at 613.520.2600 x2533 or email

Virtual reference for cuLearn

You can link to the Carleton University Library virtual reference desk in cuLearn!

This online library help service is available to students (and faculty) seven days a week—hours vary but the service is open Monday to Sunday.

A link can be added in cuLearn to remind students that research help is only a click away. If you're interested, I can help you do this in early September. We have a logo and a link to our Help page where the service "lives."

Let me know at

cuLearn: Instructional videos

I have created a suite of instructional videos that can be uploaded to cuLearn. Topics include:

Popular vs academic sourcesWhat is a peer reviewed journal article?Finding academic sources using the library main search option and subject guidesEvaluating online information: Using the CRAP test
These videos can be used to supplement in-class research skills sessions and embedded in a given week/section of your course.
If you're interested in learning more, don't hesitate to contact me at