The University Library consists of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the Health Sciences Library, and the Dr. C.R. Barrett Library, Marine Institute, all in St. John's, and the Ferriss Hodgett Library in Corner Brook. These four units together have a collection equivalent to 2.5 million volumes. This collection serves as the major information resource for the University as well as the province. All units of the library system may be used by all students, faculty and staff, as well as the community at large.


The Queen Elizabeth II Library was opened for service in January 1982. It is an impressive structure of 200,000 square feet on five levels. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 and can hold 1.6 million physical volumes. The Information Services Division, located on the main floor (second level), provides assistance to people wishing to make use of the library's resources and services. This division provides reference and computer-assisted bibliographic search services. Library tours and individual or group instruction in the use of the library and its resources may be arranged for students through this division. The Government Documents Section contains a depository collection of Canadian government documents together with an extensive collection of material from the U.S. and other countries and international organizations. The Lending Services Division provides interlibrary loan and services to off-campus students as well as maintaining the stacks in the library. The library's Centre for Newfoundland Studies collects all published material pertaining to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as manuscript materials. The Music Resource Centre, located in the School of Music, contains scores, records, and listening equipment.


The Health Sciences Library is located on the ground floor of the Health Sciences Centre on the north campus of the University. It is a designated Canadian MEDLINE Centre which provides access to computer-assisted searches of the world's biomedical literature on demand in support of clinical, teaching, and research interests.

The Health Sciences Library has a collection of over 50,000 books on medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and allied health subjects and subscribes to more than 1300 journals. It maintains an audio-visual collection of over 1600 titles, which includes videotapes, slides, microfiche/film and audio cassettes.


The Dr. C.R. Barrett Library is located on the main floor of the Fisheries and Marine Institute. It offers a comprehensive range of research and audio-visual services to students, faculty, and staff at the Marine Institute, and to the Newfoundland marine industries.

The library collection supports study and research in fisheries and aquaculture, marine transport, nautical science, and the ocean environment. The collection also includes significant holdings in engineering.

Library holdings include 12,000 books and government documents, 300 current magazine and newspaper subscriptions, CD-ROM reference indexes, 1,000 films and videos, maps and pamphlets.


The Ferriss Hodgett Library contains over 80,000 volumes including: audio-visual materials, books, Canadian government documents, periodicals, and a fine arts slide collection. Reference, library orientation, and interlibrary loan services are provided, along with facilities for individual and group study and use of audio-visual materials.

Last modified on May 21, 2002 by MaryJane Puxley

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