243 University Libraries
243.1 University Library
The resources of the University of Alberta Library system comprise one of the major research collections in Canada. Library information and collection access is provided through the Library’s webpage: www.library.ualberta.ca. Library services are offered electronically and on site. As well, the Library provides interlibrary loan service through a network of research collections in North America and around the world.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (HSS) is located in the Rutherford Library and contains collections numbering about 2 million volumes including monograph current and bound periodicals and government documents. A very large collection of materials in microformats and a significant collection of Canadian and foreign newspapers are also available for use. Access to a large and growing collection of databases, electronic books, electronic journals and statistical sources is provided through the online catalog. There are over 1,200 spaces for individual and group study that includes a large Reading Room in Rutherford South, two computer labs for instruction and 77 productivity workstations throughout the library. Study carrels are also available for faculty and visiting researchers. Oder HSS research resources are housed offsite at the Book and Record Depository (BARD) and are retrieved by placing requests using the online catalog.
The Bruce Peel Special Collections Library is located on the lower level of Rutherford South. This collection of approximately 100,000 volumes houses the University's rare books in the humanities and social sciences. It also includes some literary manuscripts, Western Canadian papers, and the archival collection of all the University of Alberta theses and dissertations. Major holdings in English literature include John Bunyan, John Milton, DH Lawrence, 18th century plays, and three-decker novels with emphasis on the Minerva Press. Western Canadiana is another collection area, as is 20th century fine printing from England, the United States, and Canada. Special Collections also houses the Javitch collection of North and South Amerindian materials.
The Cameron Library houses the Science and Technology Collection, the William C. Wonders Map Collection, the Canadian Circumpolar Collection, and the Knowledge Common, a technology-rich facility for study, work, and collaboration. The Science and Technology Collection includes information resources in all formats and in support of the research and teaching in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; the Faculty of Engineering; and the Faculty of Science. The Mathematics Branch Library, located in Room 528 of the Central Academic Building (CAB) contains the Library's research collection related to Mathematics and Statistics while undergraduate and popular materials in Mathematics are located in Cameron Library.
Cameron Library also houses Bibliographic and Information Technology Services, Administrative Services, Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery, the Technology Training Centre, and the ONEcard Office.
The John W Scott Health Sciences Library, located in the Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, provides information resources in all formats, with particular emphasis on electronic access, for the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and the basic medical sciences. The print resources include both a reserve and reference collection. The Rawlinson Collection of historical and rare material is housed in the Phyllis Russell Rare Book Room. The mission of the Library is to provide access to health sciences information resources to serve scholarly and patient care needs with a strong emphasis on evidence-based materials and practice. Resources are not limited to the collections but embrace extensive educational and consulting services.
The John A Weir Memorial Law Library is in the Law Centre located on 111th Street and 89th Avenue. The Library contains law reports, statutes, and regulations for all Canadian jurisdictions, the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and the United States, as well as an extensive collection of journals, legal treatises and textbooks, legislative documents, and legal reference sources. The library has a large collection of documentaries and films on legal and human rights topics. The University of Alberta is also noted for the number of electronic legal resources that are licensed on a campus-wide basis and available to all members of the campus community. The Library has extensive collections in oil and gas, health, and communications law. All collections are accessible through the online catalogue.
The Herbert T Coutts (Education and Physical Education) Library occupies the three-storey east wing of the Education Building. Through its collections and services, the library serves the research and teaching needs of the Faculties of Education and Physical Education and Recreation. The library houses a research level Education Collection (located on the main and second floors) containing in-depth materials on the theory and practice of teaching. The extensive Curriculum Collection (located in the basement) contains learning resources and classroom materials for use with students from kindergarten to the Grade 12 level. There is a unique deposit collection from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the books can be browsed on site.
The business reference library, the Winspear Business Reference Library is located on the main floor of the Business Building. This facility houses the print reference collection, the reserve collection for business graduate courses, offers computing and study space and provides access to an extensive collection of specialized finance, marketing, economics, international business and company and industry databases. In-depth assistance with finding business information is provided on site. A large collection of subject guides are available from the Winspear library’s web page. These guides help individuals find company, industry, product, stock market and business information.
The Bibliothèque Saint-Jean is located at 8406 - 91 Street. It provides resources and services to support teaching and research programs in the fields of humanities, social sciences, nursing, business administration, education and pure sciences. The library also serves a broader francophone community. Bibliothèque Saint-Jean houses an outstanding French-language collection of over 200 000 items, including a vast virtual library of full-text digital resources and scholarly databases. In addition, the library holds selective English and Spanish-language materials. The collection emphasizes French Canadian history, literature, and French language educational resources.
The Augustana Campus Library is located in Camrose, Alberta an hour south-east of Edmonton. Through its collections and services, the Library supports the research needs of approximately 1,000 undergraduate liberal arts and sciences students and 75 teaching faculty at Augustana. The new Augustana Library building celebrated its first day of service in September 2009. The Library places a strong emphasis on professional assistance for students and the application of principles of information literacy. Reference service and classroom instruction by librarians is implemented via a teaching model where the librarians play a key role in the development of students’ critical thinking skills and awareness of the research process. Augustana students learn to do university research using the right tools and asking the right questions. This is a significant part of their educational experience and success and it is the component required to graduate information literate students. Augustana’s 21 credit-bearing discipline-specific information literacy courses provide the framework for the Library’s goals of integration of information literacy into the curriculum.