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On June 12, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries will launch OMNI, an academic search tool designed to bring library search and service functions together to provide a seamless, one-stop search experience for users.

Exciting changes are coming to TMU Libraries’ search system: Introducing OMNI

Searching for academic resources and managing your library account will soon be a whole lot easier. 

On June 12, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries will launch OMNI, an academic search system designed to bring library search and services functions together to provide a seamless, one-stop search experience for users. 

OMNI is the name of the academic search tool developed through the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), which aims to foster collaboration across Ontario academic libraries and facilitate the sharing of collections across the province.

While TMU Libraries has been diligently working behind the scenes to implement OMNI, the full transition will be phased in throughout the summer.

What does that mean for you? Starting in June the Libraries’ website will switch over to use OMNI’s local search function, meaning TMU Libraries academic resources (print and electronic) can be easily searched through one search area. You’ll have access to request items, place holds, check your account and customize your settings, in addition to searching all TMU Libraries’ holding–all in one place!

Throughout the summer, additional functions will be implemented and communicated along with ‘how to’ guides. 

“I am thrilled that TMU will soon be going live with Omni.  Not only will this improve the experience of discovery for TMU students and researchers, being part of the Omni network means that we will be integrated into an Ontario wide research collection,” says Mark Robertson, dean of Libraries. “This will radically expand our community’s access to collections.”

Once the full transition is complete (summer term), TMU Libraries search interface will be integrated with the collections of 18 partner university libraries across the province providing easy access to over 25 million additional academic print materials for TMU students, researchers, faculty and staff.

Stay tuned! More to come.

OMNI partner libraries:

  • Algoma University
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University