The Library for Faculty

Research and Learning Services’ librarians and staff provide library-focused teaching, learning, and research support to all faculty, students, researchers, and staff.

Ask a Librarian

Having trouble finding the information you need for your research paper? Do you need to figure out your research topic? Working on a literature review for your thesis? Consult with one of our librarians, curators, and archivists for expert guidance and assistance.

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Quick Resources

Access library information, resources, and expertise to support your teaching and research activities.

Borrowing from the Library

Wondering how to borrow from the library, review the status of your library account, place holds, renew or return materials, or pay fines?

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Loans from Other Libraries

Copies of materials not held in our collections can be requested through the library’s Interlibrary Loan Service.

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Unicard Access

Faculty members need a Unicard to check out library materials or request items through the library's Interlibrary Loan Service. Don’t have a Unicard yet?

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Where to Find Information

Learn how to find information related to our libraries, books, collections, guides, and databases.

Library Collections

Our collections support teaching, learning and research. Our collections include print and electronic materials, film, audio recordings, images, maps, and microfiche among other formats.

Some of our branch libraries also house topical special collections. For example, the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) collection is located in the Gallagher Library. Items in these special collections can be found through our library search page.

Library Search

Search the library catalogue to find books, journal articles, reports, maps, media and more.

To improve your research skills, learn how to use search tools with our expert library tutorials.

Research Guides

Libraries and Cultural Resources staff have created a wide range of online research guides to assist faculty and students in accessing additional information about our collections and services along with subject, topical, and "how to" information.

Note: Research guides are also often referred to as "LibGuides".


The University of Calgary subscribes to over 1000 bibliographic and full text databases.

Book an appointment with a librarian for advice on which databases align with your research needs.

Recommend a Purchase

If you'd like us to buy a book, journal, or other resource, please use this form to recommend an item for purchase.

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Image, Video, and Data Resources

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Looking for image resources? We have a variety of subject-specific subscription and institutional image collections, digitized photographs from our collections including the Glenbow Archives. Some of these images are available in the public domain. Visit our Images research guide to learn more.

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Looking for video resources? Take a look at our Video research guide which lists databases and openly licensed sources for videos.

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Spatial & Numeric Data Services (SANDS)

SANDS provides access to local, Canadian, and International public user microdata including census data, Statistics Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and OECD data. Take a look at our SANDS website and connect with our data experts.

Research Related Resources and Services

Get help with your research with these targeted resources and services offered by Libraries and Cultural Resources and the University of Calgary.

Research Data Management (RDM)

This research guide covers the basics of research data management.

Learn more about RDM

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Information about the research, reading, writing, and practice of SoTL.

Learn about SoTL

Literature Reviews

This guide walks through the basics of literature reviews. Created for the education discipline, this guide is applicable for others to use as well.

Read about literature reviews

Systematic Reviews

This page provides resources for discipline-specific systematic resources and highlights our systematic review librarian experts.

Learn about systematic reviews

Workshops for Faculty

The library offers workshops on various research-related topics.

Faculty of Graduate Studies workshops are also available.

Register for a workshop


NVivo software supports qualitative and mixed-methods research. Check out this guide which includes information for NVivo for literature reviews.

Learn NVivo

Metadata Services

Metadata provides key information for the reproduction and management of information resources. Utilize this service for identifying and describing your research materials to maximize their reach.

Learn about metadata services


Located on the 3rd floor of the TFDL, the Makerspace provides hands-on access to technologies for DIY making and collaboration, including 3D printing and scanning, Raspberry Pis, sewing and embroidery, and more.

Read about Makerspace


Lab NEXT supports and promotes research & scholarship and connects scholars with library services and experts to enhance their research. Collaborative spaces for research-related meetings, work sessions, and events are available.

Learn about Lab NEXT

Archives and Special Collections (ASC)

ASC provides access to archival records, including theses, yearbooks, campus newspapers, and the private archives of influential Canadians. From comic books to the EMI Music Canada Archive to the Canadian Architectural Archives to the papers of Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, our holdings attract researchers from around the world.

Visit ASC website

Visualization Studio and Resources

Located on the 4th floor of the TFDL, the visualization studio is available for graduate students & faculty for their research. The Visualization research guide created for business, but applicable to other disciplines as well, provides resources on data visualization software, books, articles, tools, tutorial, and a blog.

Learn about data visualization

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Citation Styles and Tools

These guides provide assistance and information for learning the major citation styles and tools.

Explore citation styles Explore citation tools