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University Library

The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) is Canada’s second largest research library, with a print and electronic collection exceeding 4.7 million titles and over 8.7 million volumes. Last year, library staff responded to over 118,000 research questions and taught over 500 classes to more than 18,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members. UAL is comprised of ten libraries, spanning three campuses, housing physical collections in all disciplines of study at the university.


North Campus

  • Bruce Peel Special Collections Library: Strengths in Canadiana, Anglo-American literature, Amer-Indian history and culture, European history, print culture, and private presses.
  • Cameron Library: Agricultural, environmental, physical, and life sciences, engineering, and technology. Also houses data, map, math, and Canadian Circumpolar collections.
  • Herbert T. Coutts Library: Education, physical education, and recreation. Includes children’s and young adult literature collections.
  • Rutherford Library: Arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as government publications collection.
  • John A Weir Law Library: Legal resources covering a broad range of jurisdictions.
  • John W Scott Health Sciences Library: Medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, and rehabilitation medicine. Also houses Rawlinson Rare Book Collection with emphasis on Western Canadian medical history.
  • Winspear Business Library: Business, administration, and finance.

Augustana Campus

  • Augustana Library: Undergraduate collection supporting the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

Campus Saint-Jean

  • Bibliotheque Saint-Jean: Primarily French language collection supporting humanities, social sciences, sciences, and education, with an emphasis on French-Canadian culture and publications at the local and regional levels.


  • Book and Record Depository [BARD]: Library storage facility.

In addition to housing core print collections across disciplines, UAL offers a wide range of electronic collections, user services, spaces, and technology to meet your needs as a member of the University of Alberta community.

Electronic Collections

UAL is dedicated to providing you with the online scholarly resources you need, accessible anytime, anywhere. To this end, UAL provides you with access to:

  • more than 110,000 scholarly ejournals across disciplines from a wide range of publishers;
  • over 1.3 million ebooks accessible via a variety of formats, some downloadable to ebook readers and other mobile devices;
  • over 1,700 online databases to help you succeed with academic research projects;
  • a wide range of digitized collections, including photos, letters, and postcards, related to the history and settlement of Alberta, the prairies, and Canada;
  • ERA: Education and Research Archive, with over 36,000 items, is a growing database designed to collect, distribute, and preserve the intellectual output of the UofA; and
  • Dataverse, a data repository designed to help you publish, analyze, distribute, and preserve your research data and datasets.

User Services

UAL strives to meet your changing needs as researchers and learners through a wide range of services, including:

  • research help offered on site at library service points, and via chat, e-mail, and phone. Appointments are also available for one-to-one consultations for in depth assistance.
  • Instructional workshops integrated into specific courses and programs, offered on a drop in basis, or delivered in collaboration with campus partners, such as the Student Union, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Grant Assist Program.
  • online resource development in the form of guides and tutorials designed to orient you to the library, navigate research in different subject areas, and manage, store, cite, use, and reuse resources ethically. Find these via the UAL website and/or integrated into your online course.
  • interlibrary loan, which provides you with access to library collections around the globe. If UAL does not have what you need, request that it be delivered to your nearest library location.
  • publishing support for those of you who want to make your research openly available, or who want to host an open access journal. The library currently hosts 30 open access journals.
  • research data management support to help you organize, share, and archive your data.

Spaces and Technology

Libraries are places for learning - independently and with others. This learning sometimes requires quiet study and reflection, and at other times extensive collaboration with peers. Very often it requires the use of technology. At UAL, you have access to a wide range of spaces and technology to support your research activities, including:

  • over 700 Windows and over 100 Mac workstations, equipped with a wide range of browsers and office productivity software, including the Adobe Creative Suite and SPSS at Augustana and Cameron.
  • over 50 bookable study and practice presentation rooms, varied in size and setup, that are bookable online for groups of two or more in two hour blocks.
  • designated common, quiet and silent areas, which have everything from individual carrels and comfortable soft seating to silent, technology free zones and large quiet reading rooms. Our UAL spaces are varied and open to everyone.
  • a 24/7 study space, on the lower and first levels of Cameron Library.