New Faculty Handbook

Contract and sessional faculty are granted library privileges for the duration of their contract.

The library is located on the 4th floor of Centennial Hall. For information, go to To find the library on the UW website, follow the links from Faculty & Staff, to Academic Resources, to Library. If you click on About Us you will find a virtual tour and Library Departments (can find Course Reserve here).

Your Faculty ID Card also serves as your library card. To access certain services, you will need the 14-digit barcode on the front of your ID card as well as your UW email address. If your card doesn’t have a barcode, go to the Circulation Desk where library staff will assign you one.

Through the Library’s homepage faculty have access from their offices or homes and from computers in the library to our book, journal and AV holdings as well as to a wide variety of scholarly and general interest databases.


Subject Liaison Librarians

Every department has been assigned a subject liaison librarian who works with faculty and departments to ensure that the Library collection serves the needs of our students and faculty. Subject specialists can advise you about forthcoming materials in your department’s area of interest, including monographs, serials, electronic or digital materials, and audiovisual/multimedia resources. Any time you have questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian.



Course reserves are materials made available to students by the Library.  These materials are identified by professors for a particular course and may be books, articles, slides or websites. Electronic Course Reserve (eReserves) are in digital format (normally PDF) and are only available to U of W students and faculty. Books and articles held on Course Reserve are circulated for a limited time period and will accrue substantial fines if returned late.

The Course Reserve Request Form can be downloaded (from Library website) and emailed directly to the Course Reserve Department. Please include a copy of the Course Reserve Request form with any print materials submitted. If you are requesting bound print materials be processed as electronic reserves, you will need to submit photocopies not the original item. Items can be placed on either Course Reserve or Electronic Course Reserve but not both.

Please see the website for the Guidelines for eReserve. If you have any questions you can contact Alex Homanchuk at 786-9940 or


Faculty Publications

Faculty are encouraged to submit one copy of their publications to the Library for inclusion in the catalogued collection.