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 web page: www.library.ualberta.ca. Library services are offered electronically and on site. As well, the Library provides comfortable, modern study spaces for individual and group work and an 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 two 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 catalogue. Older HSS research resources are housed off-site at the Book and Record Depository (BARD) and are retrieved by placing requests using the online catalog. HSS is also home to the Music Library and the Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery Unit.
The Bruce Peel Special Collections Library is located on the lower level of Rutherford South. The Peel Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and manuscripts, with particular strengths in Canadiana, Anglo-American literature, Amer-Indian history and culture, European history, print culture, private presses, and livres d’artists. Major holdings in English literature include John Bunyan, William Blake, DH Lawrence, 18th century plays, and three-decker novels with emphasis on the Minerva Press and the Sir Sam Steele Collection. With its ambitious exhibition and teaching program, the Peel Library attracts thousands of visitors and over 100 classes every year. In conjunction with its exhibition program, the library publishes award-winning catalogues and web exhibits, which are curated by experts in their field.
The Cameron Library houses the Science and Technology Collection, the Dr Josephine M Mitchell Mathematics Library, 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 supports the research and teaching in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; the Faculty of Engineering; and the Faculty of Science. The Knowledge Common and basement Study Hall are open 24 hours/day during the term.
Cameron Library also houses Bibliographic and Information Technology Services, Administrative Services, Digital Initiatives, the Technology Training Centre, and the ONEcard Office and eplGO, a branch of Edmonton Public Library.
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. The collection includes publications related to 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 Library provides access to health sciences information resources and serves 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 resides on the second and third floors of the Law Centre. 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 Weir Law Library 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 Weir Law Library has extensive collections in constitutional, human rights, commercial, international, environmental, natural resources, health, and criminal law, law reform and legal history. 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 the kindergarten to 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 Winspear Business Library is located on the main floor of the Business Building. This facility houses the print reference collection, current business newspapers and magazines, and the reserve collection for courses. In addition, the Library 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 on-line self-help guides and tutorials are available from the Winspear Business Library’s web page. These guides help individuals find statistics, company, industry, product, stock market, and international business information.
The Bibliothèque Saint-Jean is located on the ground floor of the Campus Saint-Jean. 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 is open to the general public. The Bibliothèque Saint-Jean is considered to be the largest French Library in Western Canada. It holds an outstanding French-language collection of over 200,000 items, including curriculum materials, works of Western Canadian heritage and a vast virtual library of digital resources and scholarly databases. It also houses selective English and Spanish-language materials. The Bibliothèque Saint-Jean offers discipline-specific library guides and online tutorials, consultations and full-time desk assistance from the knowledgeable staff.
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.
The Archives is located off-campus, and is the official repository for the permanently valuable records of the University of Alberta and its affiliated institutions. Holdings consist of material that is of continuing administrative, legal, or historical value. In addition to administrative and academic records, the Archives also collects University publications and the private papers of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and various university-related organizations. The Archives also contains the records of many notable individuals and organizations relating to Alberta and federal politics, the oil sands, theatre, education, and western settlement.
The Archives preserves over 8,500 linear metres of records. This includes textual records, photographs, audio and video recordings, film, microforms, architectural drawings, and maps.