Placement Library Services

Library Services While you are On your Placement

Extended Loan of most Education Library (Thunder Bay Campus) and Heritage Place Library (Orillia Campus) materials is available to be borrowed for the duration of your teaching placement. It will be your responsibility to return materials to the library.

Scan and Delivery of book excerpts and journal articles are available while you are on your placement. Find the book or journal title in the library Catalogue and select the Request option on the right side. Log in with your Lakehead username and password, and from the list of options, choose Request an excerpt or journal article, then on the next page, fill in the blanks on the form.

Passwords/Login Information: Some databases and software (ie OSAPAC) require a login that is not your LU email username and password. This username/password information is available in a mycourselink course site named: "Fac Ed/Library E-Tools for Teaching" , available to every Lakehead University Faculty of Education student.

Library Guides are available on many Education related topics and are available on the Education Library website. A selection of these guides is listed below:

For additional information or assistance, please contact you campus library staff in person, by email or by phone. (Thunder Bay Campus: edlib@lakeheadu.ca/807-343-8718 or Orillia HP Library: orlib@lakeheadu.ca /705 330 4008 x2252)

Library Hours and Contact Information

The Education Library (Thunder Bay) and the Heritage Place Library (Orillia) are open during your teaching placements.

Check the library website for current library hours for both the Education Library (Thunder Bay) and the Heritage Place Library (Orillia).

Assistance is available in person, by email or by phone. (Thunder Bay Campus: edlib@lakeheadu.ca/807-343-8718 or Orillia HP Library:orlib@lakeheadu.ca/705 330 4008 x2252)

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Linda Strey Digital Learning Centre

The Linda Strey Digital Learning Centre in the Bora Laskin Building was unveiled in December 2013. This digital media lab, located on the main floor of the Bora Laskin Building (BL 1007A), provides a collaborative space for Lakehead Education students to undertake projects involving technology.

This space is equipped with two iMac computers, a SMART Board to practice presentations, a DVD/VHS player recorder as well as a flatbed scanner. Computers are equipped with MSOffice, Adobe Creative Suite CS and Smart Notebook.

The lab can be signed out for one hour by an individual or two hours by a group of students . Sign out is via the Education Library Circulation Desk. The lab is available for use from the time the library opens each day until one hour before library closing.

In conjunction with this space the faculty also has available digital still cameras, digital video cameras, tripods, and digital voice recorders. All of these items can be signed out from the Education Library Circulation Desk for students to work on digital learning assignments.

The space will comfortably accommodate 3 to 4 students to work on digital learning projects or assignments.


Education Library Collections

The Education Library Book Collection includes over 30,000 items in all aspects of education. This collection is arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Call numbers for specific items can be found by searching the library's Online Catalogue. It is possible to search for items using subject, title and author information.

Curriculum Resources

Students have access to the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum documents, both in print (where possible) and online. This includes curriculum guides, resource documents, exemplars and other supplementary resources. When available, links to the online versions are provided through the Library’s Online Catalogue and on the Curriculum Documents page on the Education Library website.

Journals & Indexes

Education students on both campuses have access to a strong journal collection in education and related subjects. In addition to education-related journals, the Library provides access to over 35,000 electronic journals. To find a journal by title search the Online Catalogue or check the Library's E-journals page.

Education related periodical indexes/abstracts are listed on the Education Articles and Databases page. These will assist you in locating periodical articles on your topic. These include: CBCA Education, ERIC and Education Source. These indexes/databases can be searched in the Library and may also be searched from computers off campus through the Library Proxy Service.

Children's Literature (Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction) Collections (Print/Online)

The Education Library offers print and online children/young adult collections. In the Education Library there are three collections with juvenile literature (Grades Kindergarten to 12) including Children Picture Books; fiction (young adult/teen) titles and a non-fiction collection. The Non-Fiction Collection includes books on all topics and are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification. These three collections are intended to provide a selection of titles that can be used with children and young adults and support the various subjects taught in the curriculum. Included are award winning and award nominated picture books; classic and popular titles with books on topics such as Canada; celebrations and holidays; family diversity; multiculturalism; social justice; aboriginal stories; bullying; self-esteem; friendship and character development. Titles within these collections can be located by using the Library Catalogue or the Subject Guides located on the Education Library website. Children’s ebook databases are also available and include BookFlix; TumbleBook Library and TumbleBookCloud. These can also be accessed from off-campus.

Ministry Approved Textbook Collection

This collection consists of textbooks currently approved for use in Ontario classrooms and listed on the Ontario Ministry of Education Trillium List. Also included are some teacher guides and approved student materials. The Education Library’s collection includes textbooks from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Media Resources Collection

This collection includes teaching materials such as DVDs, kits, games, mathematics and language arts manipulatives, software, posters, puppets, thematic units, reading packs, audio books and models. A strong component of this collection is an extensive and up to date selection of software approved by the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC) which includes approved software such as: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional; Geometer’s Sketchpad; KidPix; MathTrek; and Froguts. The Education Library offers over 1,000 items in this collection.

Reference Collection

The Library provides access to specialized education related reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, handbook and writing style guides. These resources are available in print and online (check each title in the Library's Online catalogue for availability). Several of these references titles are linked on the Education Library website on the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias page.


About the Education Library


The Education Library is located on the first floor of the Bora Laskin Building. Upon entering the main entrance of the Bora Laskin Building, turn right and proceed down the hall. The Education Library is located at the end of this hallway. Before you visit, check the Education Library website for up to date library hours.

Library Collections (click for more information)

Who May Borrow

The Education Library is open to all Lakehead University students, staff, faculty, alumni and other members of the community. Current identification is required to borrow materials from the Education Library Circulation Desk. Lakehead Students, Faculty and Staff can borrow materials from all campus libraries by presenting their LU Photo ID Card to Library staff. LU users may also request delivery of most materials to any Library location via My Library Account.

Information on borrowing policies is available here.


Education Librarian Gisella Scalese 807-343-8719 gisella.scalese@lakeheadu.ca
Library Assistant Liz Arthurs 807-343-8718 liz.arthurs@lakeheadu.ca

Lost and Found

The Education Library Circulation Desk is the main Lost and Found location for the Bora Laskin Building. Check here for any personal items lost in the Bora Laskin Building and remember to deposit items that are found anywhere in the Bora Laskin Building.


16 new PC computers are available in the Education Library.   These computers connect to the university network and are equipped with Microsoft Office.  


Print / Photocopying

Multifunction devices are located in both The Chancellor Paterson and Education Libraries and are operated using your LU login. To print, you will need to login to a Library computer. To photocopy, you will need to login to a multifunction device directly. 

The cost of monochrome printing/copying is 8 cents per 8.5 x 11 size page, while colour is 40 cents per 8.5 x 11 size page.

8.5 x 14 size and 11 x 17 size printing/copying are also available at slightly higher rates.

Funds may be added the Circulation Desks in The Chancellor Paterson Library and the Education Library using cash, debit card or credit card.

Information on printing at the Orillia Campus can be found here.

Students, Faculty and Staff

All computers in the Libraries have printing capabilities. You must be logged in to your "Active Directory (AD)" account in order to print. To photocopy, you will need to log into a multifunction device directly using your Active Directory (AD) account.

Your Active Directory (AD) Username and Password is the same as your current MyEmail/MyInfo Username and Password.

Students, faculty and staff are able to add money to their account at the Circulation Desks in The Chancellor Paterson Library and the Education Library using cash, credit card or debit card.


Printing/photocopying for visitors is available using visitor login credentials. Please feel free to ask library staff for assistance. You will need to add money to your temporary visitor login account which may be done at the Circulation Desk. Please note, any unused funds will expire with the login credentials (every Sunday at midnight).


All multifunction devices offer students, faculty and staff scan-to-email service free of charge. Visitors are able to scan to a local drive using flatbed scanners located on the main and third floors of the Chancellor Paterson Library.