Library Service & Operations Updates

Library Spaces

Effective September 27, 2021, the Oshawa Campus Library will be open with limitations on building capacity. Masks and physical distancing will be required for all visitors to the Library. Durham College has implemented a vaccination policy.

While the Whitby Campus Library remains closed, our services and supports continue to be available remotely or you can visit us at our Oshawa Campus location.

Library Hours

OSHAWA CAMPUS LIBRARY, CURBSIDE PICKUP

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Whitby CAMPUS Library

  • Temporarily closed

Virtual Services, email, and online appointments

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Available Services

The outside Book Return bin at the Oshawa location is accessible when the Library is closed. During Library open hours there is a Book Return bin at the Service Desk in the Library. Please note: there is limited access to the Book Return bin at the Whitby Library.

During Library hours of operation, the following services are available in the building:

  • All library material can be accessed and the circulating collection is available for loan
  • Staff are available in person and by phone at the Service Desk to assist with your library needs
  • Colour and black and white printers and copiers

Available Spaces at the Oshawa Campus Library:

  • Individual study seats on the 2nd & 3rd floors
  • 16 public computer workstations
  • Group study rooms (maximum capacity is 1 person in 2nd floor rooms, and 4 people in 3rd floor rooms)
  • Adaptive technology space for students with accessibility needs
  • Washrooms

Closed Spaces

  • Library Computer Labs, LIB 134 & 136
  • Fireside Reading Room
  • The Den
  • Silent Study room on the 3rd floor
  • 4th floor study area
  • Whitby Campus Library

Food & Drink

Food and drinks are not permitted in the Library in order to comply with the mandatory mask policy on campus.

Library Collections Assistance

Search Omni, our Library’s online search tool to access the Library’s ebooks, online journal, and newspaper articles, streaming video, and more. Login for access 24/7 with your campus network login credentials.

Research Guides are curated by your Librarian to highlight the best resources for your assignments and projects.

Databases A-Z lists all of our subscription databases. Filter this list by subject or format to quickly find sources for your research.

Contact library.resources@durhamcollege.ca for assistance accessing the Library’s online resources.

Our Interlibrary Loan service is available at no cost to students and faculty. We are currently fulfilling requests for material not held in our Library collections, including electronic articles, single ebook chapters, and print books.

 

Contact allison.caddies@durhamcollege.ca for assistance.

Login to your Library Account to view material currently on loan, renew material, and confirm due dates. 

All regular loan periods, due dates, and fines apply to borrowed material. Please either renew or return Library material in order to avoid overdue fines.

Return all material to the Book Return bin at the Oshawa Campus Library.

There is limited access to the Book Return bin at the Whitby Campus.

Contact library@durhamcollege.ca if you have questions about returns and renewals.

You can place requests for books which are currently on loan or in the library at the Whitby or Oshawa Campus Libraries for pick up at the Oshawa Campus Library or mailed to you within Canada.

You must be signed in to Omni to place requests. Click the Request button under Get It in the Omni record, and complete the required information. You will receive an email notification when the item is ready for pickup or contacted regarding mail options.

The Library also offers Digitization for single chapters or single articles from print books and journals. To request digitization, click on the Digitization button under Get It in the Omni record, and complete the required information. Digitization requests are subject to the limitations of the Copyright Act, Fair Dealing and Access Copyright.

Print Reserves are available at the Oshawa Campus Library on one or three day loans.

Electronic Reserves are available, subject to the limitations of the Copyright Act, Fair Dealing and Access Copyright.

We are currently accepting faculty course reserve requests. Please note that faculty need to complete a Course Reserves Request form in order to ensure that material is available on reserve.

Visit the Course Reserves section of our website for more information.

The Library Archives is closed.

Research Help

Contact your Subject Librarian to schedule an online research consultation. We can help identify sources, construct search strategies, manage citations, identify journals for publication, and measure your research impact.

AskON virtual chat help is available for online research support. Click to chat live with Library staff and get help finding, evaluating, and citing sources for your research.

Contact library@durhamcollege.ca for email assistance.

Our team of research experts responds to your questions Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Teaching Support

Librarians are here to support teaching and learning. Subject Librarians are available to deliver customized instruction sessions and workshops to help students develop their skills to find, evaluate and ethically use information from a variety of sources. We offer live online sessions as well as asynchronous sessions delivered through your DC Connect course website.

Visit the Teaching Support page to book an instructional session or contact your Subject Librarian.

More Information

Please visit this web page for up to date information about Library services and operations. Visit Durham College’s COVID 19 Information website for information about College services and operations.