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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.

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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

Have questions? Learn more

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

Introducing Omni: TMU Libraries’ new multidisciplinary academic search tool

Omni is a new multidisciplinary academic search tool that will enhance discovery and delivery of information resources at TMU Libraries and at our OMNI partner institutions.

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. 

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. With OMNI our users can search for articles, books, ebooks, journals and other resources in a variety of formats at TMU Libraries and 18 Ontario university libraries.

“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.”

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:

  • Academic resources (books, ebooks, journals, videos, etc.) can be easily searched through one search area. 
  • 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!
  • Minimal to no changes in course reserve requests
  • Seamless integration with citation management tools
  • Increased access to books from partner institutions
  • Longer loan periods

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

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.

Learn more

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

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