Library Services 

At Brandon University’s library John E. Robbins, an array of services can be accessed by students, staff and faculty. The services offered for students and faculty are ILL (interlibrary loans), Course Reserves, off campus library services, library tours, and bibliographic instruction sessions. For non-students they can obtain a library card and borrow books as easy as a student can. 

As mentioned, the ILL are only for students, staff and faculty and this service entails access to items that are not held at J.E.R but are available for borrowing from other libraries. Course Reserves entails having faculty members place on reserve important course material for their class. Students enrolled in their class are able to pick up the material for an allotted period of time and place back on reserve after they are done using it. Finding out which material is on reserve is easy. Simply go to the circulation desk and look at the reserve lists. You can also check the reserved material by searching Brandon University Course Reserve Catalogue at the BU website. 

Off-Campus Library Services assists with any research needs by providing access to a wide range of services and resources.

These include: 

Over 100 databases

Over 40,000 articles on electronic journals,

Online Online dictionariesencyclopediasatlasesthesauribiographical dictionariesquotations dictionariesdirectoriesgovernment documents , handbooks/almanacs

J.E.R library also provides tours of the library and bibliographic instruction sessions. These can be arranged at any time throughout the year. The sessions entail guidance on effective search strategies for the online catalog, any number of databases, or the World Wide Web. How to evaluate sources for academic merit is also discussed during these sessions. 

To borrow from the J.E.R library anyone who possesses a valid library card. These can be obtained even if you are not a BU student. The following details the library’s borrowing policies. Further information can be found on the BU J.E.R library website. 

Loan Periods

  • Reference Books and Current Periodicals/Journals are for in-Library use only.

  • Back issues of Periodicals are 1-week loans.

  • Books are 4-week loans

  • Most of the other items are 2-week loans.

  • Reserve and Curriculum items have varying loan periods be sure to check.

Loan Restrictions

  • Reserve = 2 items at a time.

  • Periodicals = 5 items at a time; 2 of any one title.

  • Stack Item = 5 items in each subject area

Loan Renewals

  • As long as the item is not on hold (requested by another person) you may renew it twice.

  • You may renew by telephone during library hours (Main Circulation: 204-727-9646, 1-877-253-6765 or Music Circulation: 204-727-9630).

  • There are no renewals for Reserve Materials.


  • If an item you have signed out is put on hold by another person, it must be returned by the due date.

  • If you have a password for the library catalog, you can place your own holds and check your account. Ask at Circulation for information, or call Circulation (204-727-9646, 1-877-253-6765) if you are wishing to place a hold from your home computer.