Library Service & Operations Updates

Library Spaces

Following the April 7 emergency and stay-at-home order announced by the Province of Ontario, all Campus Library locations are closed effective April 8, 2021.

Curbside pickup of course reserves and books from the circulating collection will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oshawa Library. For more details, please review the curbside information under Library Collections Assistance below.

We continue to offer online supports and services as we have done throughout COVID – please see Research and Teaching support sections below for more details.

Library Hours

NORTH OSHAWA LIBRARY, CURBSIDE PICKUP

  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Whitby Library

  • Closed

Virtual Services, email and online appointments

  • Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Building Access

Library spaces are closed to students, staff, faculty and members of the public.

Limited access is available at the North Oshawa Library for curbside pickup of physical materials only. For details on this service, please review the curbside pickup information under Library Collections Assistance.

 

Library Collections Assistance

CURBSIDE PICKUP

The North Oshawa Library is open for curbside pickup of physical materials during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Laptops and other equipment are not available for curbside pickup loans.
To place a curbside pickup request:

  1. Log in to Omni, the Library's search and discovery tool. Locate the item you want to borrow and click on the title to open the item details.
  2. Click the Request link under the Get it options.
  3. Select North Campus as your pickup location.
  4. Click Send Request.
  5. You will receive an email notice when your item is ready for pickup. Please note that processing times vary, and items from Whitby or Downtown Campus Libraries may take up to a week.

To pick up your requested items:

  1. First, fill out the COVID-Screening questionnaire. Ensure that you have received an email confirming that you can come to campus.
  2. Come to the front doors of the North Oshawa Library during scheduled curbside pickup hours.
  3. Call the Library service desk to let us know you're here: 905-721-3082
  4. Wait outside the front doors of the Library while we check the items out to your account.
  5. Library staff will place the items on the table outside the front doors for you.

Please note that regular loan periods, due dates and fines apply to all Library material.

Online Resources

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.

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Returns & Renewals

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 North Oshawa Library. There is limited access to the Book Return bin at 61 Charles St.

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

Requesting Books: Delivery & Digitization

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.

Course Reserves

Print Reserves are available at the North Oshawa Campus Library on one or three day loan, with a mandatory three day quarantine for all returned materials.

Reserve material can now be renewed online. Login to your Library Account to renew your 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.

Archives & Special Collections

The Library Archives is closed.

Research Help

Meet with your Subject Librarian

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.

Virtual Chat Help

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.

Email Help

Contact reference@durhamcollege.ca for email assistance.

Our team of research experts responds to your questions Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Teaching Support

Librarians are here to support teaching and learning in all Durham College classrooms, whether in person or online. 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.