Overview of our Space & Services
Located in what used to be a chapel, the three-storey library provides a welcoming environment for all members of the Vanier community to conduct research, study, and receive assistance with their information needs. The library works in unison with two other departments (TASC & STEM) to form a Learning Commons. The recently renovated space offers:
- Introductory tours.
- Information literacy instruction on an individual and group basis. Students learn how to access, retrieve, evaluate, and use information from the library collection and databases.
- The acquisition of course related materials including, but not limited to books, films, CDs and a selection of databases designed to meet the changing needs of the curriculum.
The library maintains a print collection of over 70,000 books in a variety of disciplines. The lending collection is located on the first two floors (F300 and F400) of the library and searchable through the catalogue at http://koha.vaniercollege.qc.ca/. The reference collection (non-lending) is located on F500 and features general and subject specific encyclopaedias, handbooks, and dictionaries.
The library still has a small collection of DVDs in support of the communications, social sciences and technology programs of the college. CDs that complement the college music program are also available to borrow. The DVD collection is located behind the Services desk (F300) and the CD collection is located on F500. Several streaming film databases are also available for use on campus only (through the library web page: vaniercollege.qc.ca/library).
The library has print subscriptions to journals, magazines, and newspapers. The current periodicals are located on F500 and arranged in alphabetical order by title. Older periodicals are on F400. Through various databases, the library has access to thousands of full-text journals, magazines, and newspapers online. They are available to members of the college community from outside the college through the library website.
Computers & Printing
There are computer workstations where students can do research and work on assignments. Laptops and iPads are available to borrow and use anywhere in the library. All computers have Microsoft Office. Three quick print stations and four printers/photocopiers/scanners are also available for printing needs. One is a color printer. The library is wireless for laptop use.