Who are we?
We are located on the main campus of Memorial University in St. John's. We are proud to serve the Memorial University community and the general public of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Where are we?
We are the main library for the Memorial University Library system, especially for the humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering.
Our general collections primarily support research and teaching at Memorial University. We also have numerous specialized collections and divisions that enhance these areas.
Centre for Newfoundland Studies (CNS)
The Centre for Newfoundland Studies is a special research collection of books, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, historic maps and more, that is dedicated to the study of all aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Centre holds the largest collection of published Newfoundlandia in the province. Many of its holdings are old and rare, others are as recent as today's government press release or this week's community newspaper.
The Centre offers very quiet work space, research advice and document reproduction services. Unlike our main library collection, you may only use resources from the Centre in their reading room. Full details on the resources and services of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies are on their website.
Archives and Special Collections
Our Archives and Special Collections hold an extensive collection of original manuscripts, personal papers, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and other such materials which document various aspects of Newfoundland society, as well as general rare books. Visit their website for full details on these unique collections.
The Map room houses the majority of our maps, atlases, cartographic material, air photos, GIS and other geographic resources.
MUN is the only Canadian English-language university to offer a PhD in Folklore and we have excelled in supporting this unique program through our collection by providing print and multimedia resources on folklore literature, art, music, beliefs and customs, material culture and folk life. Our Irish Studies collection includes many national and regional newspapers, specialized journals and family history resources. We also have strong collections for the study of the indigenous languages of Newfoundland and Labrador, including both native and European languages
Our specialized research collections in Folklore, Irish Studies, Maritime History have been developed with the help of multiple Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants. Our Linguisitics collection has also benefited from SSHRC funding.
Our library is a full depository library for Canadian federal government documents. We also hold a partial depository collection of European Union publications. Our collection has selected holdings of Newfoundland and Labrador government publications. A comprehensive collection of these government documents is held at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. Government maps are in our Map Room on level 2 of the library. The Map Room also has print statistical materials from Statistics Canada, international government organizations and many national government agencies. Full details on the collection and online government publications can be found on our website.
Full details on our spaces can be found on our Study Rooms and Spaces webpage.
The Commons is a partnership between the library, the Computer Science Department and the Writing Centre and is located on the second floor of the library. This spaces brings together technology, writing support, and research expertise. The space offers X computers for research and scholarly work. Check out The Commons webpage for full details on software available in this area.
The Digital Media Centre
Be sure to check out the art displayed as part of our First Space Art Gallery, located along the walls of The Commons on the main floor of the library. The Gallery hosts one show per semester, generally highlighing artwork from graduates of the Visual Arts program at the Grenfell campus and faculty and staff from the MUN community.
We offer quiet and group study spaces as well as individual and group study rooms.
Our library is pleased to offer a wide range of services to our users and the MUN community.
- Our Information Services is here to help you with your research, assisting you at the reference desk and offering library instruction to faculty and their classes.
- Our Document Delivery service ensures that you get the research you need if we don’t have it in our libraries.
- Our Collections Division brings in new titles to support research.
- We offer services for users with disabilities, including assistive technology and alternate formats.
- Our Copy Services provides photocopiers for research purposes.
- Our Cataloguing & Metadata division offers cataloguing and metadata services for all of our library divisions and branches.