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Longer hours during exams

As if you needed (or wanted) to be reminded...exams start soon. And there's no better place to study for an exam than here in the Library. We've got lots of comfy chairs and quiet, private study spaces. No nagging kid brothers or noisy room-mates, no TV or video game temptations.

So, as we always do, we'll stay open more hours than usual until they're finished on the 19th. The big difference is on the weekends where we'll open earlier and stay open later on Saturday and open earlier on Sunday (go here if you want to see our full schedule into January).

Remember, just...a...few...more...weeks. You made it this far!

Remembrance Day - Open noon-11pm

Most of the University will be closed this Wednesday, November 11, in honour of Remembrance Day. However, the Library will be open from noon until 11:00 pm.

So, we'll open a little later than we usually do but we'll stay open until the normal time. You can use our computers, do your research, borrow books or study for a midterm (just don't arrive in the morning!).

A new way to find books (and more)

As of this morning you may notice a few changes to the Library’s web site. The welcome banner along the top now includes “& Global Commons” and a few links have been re-located or re-named. We’ve also added a link called “Borrowing our materials” which provides info on IDs and how to get, renew, return and generally access our resources.

But there has been another change which is quite significant. We have always used the Novanet catalogue to find out which books, etc. were available at Saint Mary’s or the other local academic libraries. Well now there’s another way to do that. It’s called SMU.worldcat and you’ll find a link just below the book search box. SMU.worldcat is part of a global initiative to improve access to library collections. Here’s what you should know:

A search of SMU.worldcat will retrieve both books and journal articles. This is a convenient option not available in Novanet. Of course, the specialized journal databases may still be your best bet. So if, for example…