The Athabasca University Library collection contains more than
140,000 books, numerous periodical titles, and audiovisual
resources. The AU Library subscribes to more than 100 online
databases, providing full–text access to selected articles from more
than 20,000 journals.
The Athabasca University Library’s collection primarily supports AU
courses and programs. Materials found in the print and electronic
collections are available for use by Athabasca University students,
faculty, and staff for reference and research purposes.
Requests for library materials or services can be made by email,
phone, fax, or postal mail, 24 hours a day. Responses to most requests
are handled within 24 hours or by the end of the next business day.
Materials on loan to students are normally mailed to the student’s
home address along with a return–mail card.
Core Services to Students
Athabasca University students who are registered in a course are
entitled to the following library privileges:
borrow library materials
search the Library’s online catalogue (AUCAT)
access resources through the Library’s website
receive library instruction and research assistance
request interlibrary loan (ILL) services for journal
articles and book chapters
Access to online journal databases, the Digital Reference Centre
(DRC), and the Digital Reading Room (DRR) is available from Athabasca
University Library’s main Web page (http://library.athabascau.ca). Tips
on searching the journal databases and help with researching, writing,
and citing (referencing) is available from the Help Centre (http://library.athabascau.ca/help.php).
Athabasca University courses often require students to investigate
material beyond the content of the course materials package. Some
Athabasca University course Study Guides list “Supplementary
Materials” or “Supplementary Readings,” which are intended to launch
further investigation of various topics. Supplementary materials may
include books, journal articles, or audiovisual materials, which may
be useful to consult when completing assignments and course
projects. The supplementary materials referenced in your course
materials package are usually available from Athabasca University
Library or from your local library. Contact the Athabasca University
Library to request materials.
How the Library Gateway Works
The Library Website (http://library.athabascau.ca)
contains the Library’s online catalogue (AUCAT). It also serves as
the gateway to other online information. The Website provides links to
journal databases and other subscribed online resources, as well as
selected publicly accessible Internet sites. Subscribed resources are
available to Athabasca University students. You will be required to
enter your first and last names as your username, and your student ID
number as your password.
The Library Website also provides access to selected library
catalogues from Canadian public and academic libraries.
An interlibrary loan (ILL) involves one library borrowing materials
from another on behalf of a library user. Athabasca University Library
will request photocopies of journal articles and book chapters through
Interlibrary Loans if you provide the Library staff with a complete
bibliographic citation (author, title of article, name of journal,
volume and issue number, year of publication, and page numbers) for
the requested item. You are not required to return these items to
us. Allow sufficient time for the material to be ordered and
received. More information on the Interlibrary Loan process is
available on the Library Website at http://aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/screens/ill.html.
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