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Omni expands access to physical collections across the province

Omni expands access to physical collections across the province

In 2019, York University Libraries implemented a new academic search tool called Omni. Implementing Omni was part of a radical collaboration between 18 Ontario university partner libraries, with the goal of bringing users greater access to the collections available across these partners. 

We’re pleased to announce that as of August 2nd, 2022, students, staff, and faculty can now use Omni to quickly and easily request shared physical resources from across all 18 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 25.4 million resources. 

To request an item in Omni, login to your library account and perform a search in the York Libraries + Omni Libraries search. Omni searches across all 18 partners for that item and when it finds an available copy, you’ll be able to place a request, whether it is available at York or not. Omni automatically finds the item at one of our partner libraries. Partner libraries will then send it to York at no charge to you. You will be notified when your item is ready for pickup and you will enjoy the same 120-day loan period used for regular loans locally. While delivery times can vary due to a variety of factors, the anticipated average delivery time is 7 to 10 business days. Our goal is to reduce this delivery time as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and libraries across the Omni consortium return to business as usual. 

RACER is still available for requested physical resources not available at any of the 18 Omni partners, as well as all electronic resource requests. 

We’re excited to be able to offer our staff, faculty, and students access to request physical resources from across all Omni partner institutions. 

For more information, don’t hesitate to Ask Us.