Library facility update - October 2018

What Is Available | How do I find items in Worldcat marked Offsite and Unavailable?

Since February 2018 the library has been integrating many books previously off-site back into our collection. We are excited that much of the depth of our collection is becoming available for students and faculty to use. The whole process will take time but we hope by the spring of 2019 most of our print collections will be accessible. During the period between February and October 2018 more than 25,000 of these items have been made available once again.

The J. William Horsey Library is located in the centre of campus on the 200 level. Access from other floors is by the Vowel stairwells, either stairwell/elevator "A" or "E". There is also an exterior library entrance on the east side of the campus. Patrons requiring barrier-free access should use the west entrance and proceed to the elevators.

Many books with low circulation  are currently not available. As a result, our library stack arrangement is a little different from what you might expect. Some sections of our Main Library Stacks are shelved in the main library, in the education library and in closed stacks. 

Books listed in Main Library Storage are shelved in closed stacks. The Library offers the J. William Horsey Library Express Service to access these books. A form is available for you to fill out titles and call numbers and submit online. Submit the form, sit back, grab a coffee and we will get your book for you within the hour. Retrievals must be picked up within 24 hours. More information about how to use WorldCat and request books

What is available: 

  • All items marked as AVAILABLE in WorldCat. Those items in Main Library Stacks are on open shelves that you may browse. Items listed in Main Library Storage must be requested.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this transition. We are glad that more books are becoming available every day.

 How do I find items that are marked as Offsite and Unavailable?

Some items are marked as Offsite and unavailable. Some of these items may be available. Check the call number with library staff.   Items not on the shelf may be requested through our interlibrary loan service

If you are in any doubt, speak to library staff or

Ask A Librarian.


Hugh Rendle MLS, MTS
Director, Library Services
Tyndale University College & Seminary