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The Peter Turkstra Library is available to faculty, staff and students as well as to community borrowers.  The collection includes books and e-books for undergraduates, thousands of periodical titles (print and online), music CDs and DVDs. The Teacher Education Resource Centre houses curriculum materials to support the teacher education program.   Special collections include the Pascal Centre/Custance Collection devoted to the study of science and faith, and two digitized archival collections related to the history of education, the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection and the Margaret Eaton School Digital Collection.  The library has reference computers, a teaching lab with 35 computers, 2 computer labs and group study rooms. 

Library Cards for Faculty

If you have a Redeemer University College campus card, this will be used as your library card. Please present it at the circulation desk and staff will register you in the library database. If you do not have an I.D. card, please email a “head-shot” photo of yourself to Janice ( to arrange one for you.

Faculty Loan Periods

  • Books & CDs can be borrowed for 4 months.
  • DVDs can be borrowed for one week.
  • Items can be renewed (twice).
  • After two renewals, items must be returned to the library.  
  • Items which cannot be taken out of the library include: periodicals, reference books and archival materials.

Loan Limits, Fines/Replacement Costs

Faculty will be allowed to sign out a maximum of 50 books for a 4 month period (one term).  Faculty who have overdue loans will be charged the regular fines that all other library patrons are charged.  If overdue books are not returned, faculty will be issued an invoice for the replacement of the book. 

  • Overdue books, CDs and videos: 50 cents per item, per day, with a maximum of $10 per item.
  • Overdue reserve loans (including Study Room keys) is 5 cents per minute for 2 or 3 hour reserves and $1 per day for longer reserve loan periods.
  • Overdue recalls: $1 per day. 
  • Replacement charges: current cost of item (including tax, shipping cost etc.) plus $10 processing fee. If an item has been overdue for more than one month, it will be considered a lost item and an invoice email will be sent out.
  • An unpaid balance of $20 or more will result in the loss of borrowing privileges.


If a student requests a book that has been signed out to a faculty member, the book will be ‘recalled’. Faculty will be asked to return the book to the library within 48 hours (or as soon as possible). The faculty member may request that the book be returned to him/her after the student has finished with it (usually after 3 weeks).

Reference Services

The library has an online catalogue, access to databases with thousands of full-text journals, and other online reference materials.  A librarian will gladly assist you with research questions and problems, either at the Research Assistance desk or by phone/email.

Off-campus access to the Library Databases at Redeemer

If you want to access the library databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your Redeemer network password. Contact a librarian for help with searching the databases or accessing them from off-campus.

McMaster Library Access

Redeemer faculty members (full-time) have free access to McMaster ($50 for part-time faculty). As an external borrower, you will be allowed to borrow print books only (no electronic resources), until August of the academic year.  However you must annually see a librarian in the Redeemer Library for an application form before going to McMaster.

Inter-library Loans (ILL)

The library has access to the holdings of major libraries around the world, which can be searched using the library catalogue.  Books and articles that are not available at Redeemer or McMaster may be requested via ILL at no charge to faculty. Send your ILL requests to  Allow two weeks for delivery.  We will notify you when the requested item arrives. Retired faculty are allowed 5 free ILL requests; for subsequent requests they will be charged the full cost.

Library Instruction for your students

Tours, workshops and classes are provided to explain methods and materials for library research. Customized course-related library instruction can be requested by contacting a librarian, and is recommended if a research paper is a course requirement. Requests for class instruction must be made at least two weeks in advance to allow for scheduling and preparation. Librarians can do a short demo in your class (20 minutes) or a longer hands-on tutorial in the teaching lab. They can also provide course-specific library assignments to give students hands-on practice developing their research skills.

Turnitin is an online tool used to detect plagiarism in student essays. See To get set up as a Turnitin instructor at Redeemer, contact the Library Director.  Information on getting started (including how to enable students to see their Similarity Report) is available below:

Reference Managers (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley)

Reference managers are tools to help you gather citations from databases as you do your research and cite them as you write a paper. You can create ‘instant’ bibliographies and citation notes according to the format style of your choice (e.g. MLA, APA or Chicago Style). For more information on how you or your students can get started with reference managers, speak to the Assistant Librarian or visit this guide to Reference Managers.

Course Reserves: Placing Readings on Reserve

For assigned readings which are expected to be in heavy demand, faculty may place library materials or personal copies on reserve at the circulation desk. Anything that has been placed on reserve (including the library’s e-books) can be viewed in the new library catalogue by clicking “Course Reserves” in the top right portion of the screen. (Go to   

Bring assigned readings to the library at least one week before you need them to be available to your students. Faculty must retrieve the books from the shelves as well as provide the photocopies of articles to the Circulation Supervisor (see the Copying Guidelines tab under Faculty).  When placing items on reserve, you will be asked for your name, the course number, the loan period for students (2 hours, 3 hours, 24 hours, 3 days or 1 week), and the duration (one month, entire semester through final exams).

  • Only students may borrow reserves: maximum of 3 items at a time; no renewals, no holds, no recalls
  • Overdue notices:  No overdue notices will be issued for reserves because of the short borrowing period.
  • Fines for overdue 2 and 3 hour reserves:  5 cents/minute
  • Fines for overdue 1 day, 3 day, 1 week reserves:  $1/day

Photocopies may be placed on reserve as long as they comply with copyright guidelines (see the Copying Guidelines tab under Faculty). Generally, up to 10% of a publication is allowed or an entire part (e.g. one article from a periodical issue, one chapter from a book). Photocopies which exceed the limits allowed in the Access Copyright agreement will be placed on reserve only if they are accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of faculty members to obtain permission in these cases.

You may change the format from electronic to print or vice versa if the library owns it (in either format). For example, if the library subscribes to a journal in print format, you may scan an article and make it available via Discovery. Also, you may print out an article from one of our subscription databases and place it on reserve in the library.

Under our Access Copyright license, if you get a print or electronic article from another library through inter-library loan, you may place the print copy on reserve or the electronic copy on Discovery. Also you are allowed to change the format from print to electronic (or vice versa). You may not place on reserve print books from other libraries. Personal copies of books may be placed on reserve but they will be returned to faculty with stickers – due date stickers, barcode and reserve sticker.

You may post a link to an electronic article (on the free web or in our subscription databases) via Discovery. A librarian can help with this.

Copying Guidelines from Access Copyright (Print & Digital copying)

Redeemer’s license with Access Copyright provides students and faculty/staff with permission to copy within Redeemer’s mandate, in addition to ways that are covered by fair dealing and other permitted uses under the Copyright Act.

What can I copy?

You can copy any published work in Access Copyright’s repertoire.  More information is available at

For published works in Access Copyright’s repertoire, you can:

  • Photocopy, fax, scan and print
  • Store copies, such as on a hard drive, USB stick or on a Secure Network (e.g. Discovery)
  • Transmit by email, upload or post copies within a Secure Network (e.g. Discovery)
  • Project and display copies, such as on overheads, on LCD or plasma monitors, or interactive whiteboards.
  • Make copies for the purposes of interlibrary loan, creating alternate format copies and managing library collections
  • Create Course Collections (e.g. course packs or Discovery links). Course collections are paper compilations of published works and digital copies of published works that are emailed, linked or hyperlinked, posted, uploaded to or stored on a Secure Network as part of a course of study.

How much can I copy?

You may copy up to 10% of a repertoire work or make a copy of a repertoire work that is:

  • An entire article, short story, play, essay or poem, or reproduction of an artistic work from a volume containing other published works
  • An entire article or page from a newspaper or periodical
  • An entire entry from an encyclopaedia or similar reference work or an entire reproduction of an artistic work from a publication
  • One chapter of a book provided the chapter is no more than 20% of that book.

For a Course Collection (e.g., for a printed course pack or a digital collection on Discovery):

  • You may copy up to 20% of a repertoire work (or any of the above)


Faculty members are encouraged to post their course readings online via Discovery.  Print materials in course packs can be scanned to PDF and emailed using the copy machines in the library. Then links to these documents can be added to a Discovery page. From the Discovery course management system, all students can access the readings simultaneously.

Redeemer’s web-based course management system allows you to enhance your courses with links to internet resources, online discussion forums, course notes and announcements, etc.  If you want to add an article to your Discovery page, you may do so if the library owns it  or acquires it through inter-library loan (in either print or electronic format). For example, if the library subscribes to a journal in print format, you may scan an article and make it available via Discovery.  Also, you may print out an article from one of our subscription databases and place it on reserve in the library.  For more information on how to get started with Discovery, contact the IT department.


Course packs

Course packs sold in the book store may include anything for which we get permission from Access Copyright (copyright licensing agency) and pay royalties. The purpose of a course pack is to make available to students materials that are not already available through our library. Copyright fees (for articles not available at Redeemer) are included in the cost of the course pack–so the practice is perfectly legal. Faculty must pay for the royalties of their copy of a course pack. Under the photocopy license agreement, every course pack produced at Redeemer must be logged with royalties remitted to Access Copyright. Whether it is assembled for student purchase or made available free of charge to the professor, it is still considered a course pack if it contains more than one publication. When you place the order for your course pack, you will need to submit a budget number for the royalties of your copy as well your students’ copies.

Suggestions for Library Purchase

Departmental faculty, in conjunction with their department head are invited to participate in selecting materials for the library. The library’s priorities are:

  • to provide an adequate collection for undergraduates, especially 1st and 2nd year students.
  • to build up subject areas where students regularly are writing research papers.
  • Students in their 3rd and 4th years (and faculty) may need to use interlibrary loans or go to McMaster’s libraries to supplement our resources.

What the library would like from faculty:

  • Familiarize yourself with the library. Make sure we have enough books for your 1st and 2nd year courses. You can be assured that we have plenty of articles in our full text databases.
  • Send us your course outlines/research paper topics. (See chart below for your liaison librarian.) We will find new books on these topics. We will provide you with lists of publications available for purchase, often with reviews. Please return them promptly with your selections.
  • You are not limited to the titles on our lists. Give us your own suggestions as well.
  • Library staff will always check to make sure we don’t already have a title before we place an order. However, you might like to search our catalogue yourself to see what else we have on a topic when you’re considering a title.
  • Please understand that we will have to go ahead and spend the funds without your help if we don’t hear back from you. Whatever doesn’t get spent by April 30th is money lost. Many of our orders take several months to come in. We do not pay until we receive the books. We need to have most of our orders out before Christmas for books that will be on our shelves the following September. If you need certain books for the winter (January) term, be sure to have the orders placed by early September.
  • We discourage direct buying (e.g. at conferences, book stores). The savings are not usually greater than the discounts we already get as a library. If you bring in your receipts, we will reimburse you only if we have enough money left and if we don’t already have the book in our collection.

Departments & Liaison Librarians:

Applied Social Sciences: Marlene

Kinesiology & Physical Ed: David

Art: Marlene

Math: David

Biology: David

Media & Communication Studies: David

Business & Economics: David

Ministry: Marlene

Chemistry & Env Studies: David

Music: Marlene

Core (e.g., Humanities): Marlene

Philosophy: Marlene

Education: Marlene

Physics: David

English: David

Politics & International Studies: David

French: David

Psychology: Marlene

Geography: David

Religion & Theology: Marlene

Health Sciences: David

TERC: Marlene

History: Marlene

Theatre Arts: David

Peter Turkstra Library,  Redeemer University , 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON, L9K 1J4, Canada
Circulation Desk Telephone: 905.648.2139 ext. 4266, Email: