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Learn how to use the new academic search tool, Omni.

TMU Libraries will launch Omni on June 12: learn more about your new academic search tool!

On June 12, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries will launch Omni, an academic search tool used by 18 Ontario university libraries and designed to bring library search and service functions together to provide a seamless, one-stop search experience for users. 

TMU Libraries has been diligently working behind the scenes to implement this new search tool. While the search function will go live June 12 on the Libraries’ website, the system’s full functionality will continue to be phased in throughout the summer. 

As a tool used by the majority of university libraries across the province, Omni fosters collaboration and facilitates the sharing of library collections. Once implementation is complete,  TMU students, faculty, researchers and staff will be able to search for articles, books, ebooks, journals and other resources in a variety of formats at TMU Libraries AND search and borrow material items from 18 Ontario university libraries from within Omni. 

So, what can you expect starting June 12? As we continue to introduce functionality throughout the summer, in June users will be able to use a new search interface. The functionality will be similar to the current system but you will notice:

  • Access to request items, place holds, check your account, customize your settings, and search TMU Libraries’ holding, will be done all in one place!
  • Academic resources (books, ebooks, journals, videos, etc.) continue to be easily searched through one search area. 
  • Loan periods for students and faculty will be longer: 120 Days for most materials (excluding Reserve Items), and 14 days for audio-visual materials.

Note: there will be minimal to no changes in course reserve requests

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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