About Us

QEII Library‌Welcome to the QEII Library

The Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Library is the central library at Memorial university covering a wide range of subjects including the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering. We are located on the main campus of memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. At the QEII we are proud to serve the Memorial University community, as well as the general public of Newfoundland and Labrador.

News and Events

Find out what's happening at the library! Stay current with our news and blogs and check out the newest titles in our collection.

About the QEII Library: Our Collections

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 a 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.

Map Room

The Map room houses the largest collection of cartographic material in the province, including maps atlases, cartographic materials, air photos, GIS and other geographic resources. The collection offers world-wide coverage, with an emphasis on Newfoundland & Labrador and surrounding oceans. Map Room staff provide reference assistance and GIS services.

Other Specialized Research Collections

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 FolkloreIrish StudiesMaritime 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.

Government Publications

Our library holds an extensive collection of Canadian federal government documents and was a full depository during the lifetime of the depository agreement. We are also a partial depository of European Union publications. A comprehensive collection of Newfoundland and Labrador government publications is held at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. Government maps are in our Map Room on level 2 that also contains statistical material in print and CD from Statistics Canada, international government organizations and many national government agencies. Frther details about the collection and online government publications is on our website.

About the QEII Library: Our Spaces

Full details on our spaces can be found on our Study Rooms and Spaces webpage.

The Commons

The Commons is a partnership between Information Technology Services, Memorial University Libraries, DELTS and the Writing Centre and is located on the second (main) floor of the QEII. This spaces brings together technology, writing support, and research expertise. The space offers 189 computers for research and scholarly work. Check out The Commons webpage for full details on software available in this area. 

The Digital Media Centre

The Digital Media Centre is a specialized area of The Commons that offers multimedia software and expertise as well as scanning and large-scale printing. Visit their website for full details on the software and services they offer.

First Space

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 highlights work from emerging artists, displaying work from graduates of the Visual Arts program at the Grenfell campus and faculty and staff from the MUN community.

Study Spaces

We offer quiet and group study spaces as well as individual and group study rooms.

About the QEII: Our Services

Our library is pleased to offer a wide range of services to our users and the MUN community.

Information & Research Help

Our Information Services librarians and staff provide information and research help to patrons of hte Queen Elizabeth II Library. Whether you are a first year student, a faculty member or a member of the general public, our goal is to help you plan and carry out your research and to find out what you want to know. Help is available at the Information & Research Help Desk on the main floor of the QEII library, as well as by telephone, email and live chat.

Information Literacy Instruction

At the QEII Library we are dedicated to helping students at Memorial learn to effectively find, evaluate, and use information in all of its varieties. We work with instructors to create course-specific classes, designed to meet the research and information literacy needs of your students. We also offer consultation services to faculty who want to incorporate research components into their courses. See the Information Literacy pages for more information.

Lending Services

Borrowing is free for students, faculty, staff and alumni of Memorial University and those with a guest card (NL residents over 19 years of age). See our Borrow, Renew, Return Policy page for more details.

Document Delivery & Intercampus Loans

If Memorial Libraries does not have a book or an article that you need, you can order it via Document Delivery to receive a copy from another library. If the item you want is held at another branch library, you can request that it be brought in via Inter-Campus Loans. And if you are a distance student, you can use our DistancePlus service to have Memorial-owned books mailed right to your door! Document delivery is available free of charge for all students, staff and faculty of Memiorial University, and for a fee to alumni.

Services for Users with Disabilities

At the QEII we offer a number of special services for users with disabilities. An Assistive Technology (AT) room, located on the main level of the Commons, is available for individual use, and AT workstations are located in the Commons Classroom and Digital Media Centre. Additional AT equipment can be requested at the Lending Services Desk and individual assistive technology tutorials can be scheduled at the Computing Support Desk.

Alternate Formats can also be requested at the QEII, and retrieval and copying services are available. See our webpage for more information about any of these servies.

Copy Services

Our Copy Services provides photocopiers for research purposes. Self-Service, card/coin-operated photocopiers are located on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the QEII. Alternatively, copying and binding services are available at our Copy Services desk. Subsidized copying services are available for students with disabilities.

Collection Development

Subject specialists in Collection Development work with faculty and departments at Memorial to bring in new books and journal titles, indexes, and other reseurces to support research. Collections librarians also work with faculty and departments to ensure that our collections are able to support new courses and programs at Memorial. Members of the Memorial University community can also recommend titles for purchase by contacting the appropriate subject specialist, or by completing our online form.

Cataloguing & Metadata

Our Cataloguing & Metadata division provides cataloguing and metadata services for the entire Memorial University Library system, the Digital Archive Initiative (DAI), and the Research Repository. We provide standardized descriptions of the library's physical, electronic, and locally digitized materials so that people can reliably find relevant reseouces. We also provide guidance on metadata content and structure, both at MUN and in the wider community.