About Us Projects & Initiatives

In a pilot project with the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department’s Hackerspace The Shack, the Library is providing mediated 3D printing services in Science and Technology Library. This is an opportunity for the UAlberta community to access free 3D printing technology for their research.

First deployed in 2006, Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service from the Internet Archive that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content. Through our user friendly web application Archive-It partners can collect, catalog, and manage their collections of archived content with 24/7 access and full text search available for their use as well as their patrons.

A digital archives project to introduce a shared platform for all archival finding aids which will facilitate searching archival records and collections at the University of Alberta.

AtoM is aimed to be publically available for winter 2017, with content updated and added continually.

The Avalon Media System is a robust, fully open source solution for curating and providing online access to digital audio and video collections in libraries and archives. Built on major open source technologies including Hydra, Fedora, Solr, Blacklight, and Opencast Matterhorn, Avalon is being developed collaboratively by several high-profile institutional partners, including the libraries at Indiana University and Northwestern University.

The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) and Harvard’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM) are describing and exposing maternal and pediatric research records to enable their long-term discovery, access, security, and reuse.


This project will archive the research data of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, a major Canada Foundation for Innovation-sponsored project. UAlberta Libraries will provide long-term preservation of the research data from the CWRC repository, with new materials/versions added at agreed-upon intervals.

Dataverse is an open source web application used to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. It promotes data discovery by making metadata and data available, thus facilitating research replication and repurposing of data. Data files are assigned DOI’s and data citations which help researchers, authors, and affiliated institutions to receive both academic credit and visibility.

This project will investigate and create a digital archaeology service to recover or migrate content in obsolete file formats. In the first phase, a workstation will be setup with necessary software to access content in a variety of legacy softwares including outdated operating systems. These environments will be setup through a combination of real and virtual techniques. In latter phases of the project, a forensic workstation and older media drives may be acquired for more services.


Launched in January 2016, the discovery project is designed to replace our existing library catalogue interface with a new and modern one. The new search application allows us to combine multiple collections into a single interface, and also allows us to take advantage of newer web features like responsive design, social networking, analytics, and search algorithms. We continue to work on and improve the application through collaboration with library staff, students, and faculty members.

In Fall 2016, the Libraries launched a new equipment lending service. 125 PC and Mac laptops and 2 digital video cameras and tripods are now available for 24 hour loan throughout the library system. All participating library locations lend PC and Mac laptops with a standard software build. Cameron and Rutherford also lend laptops with specialized software - ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Cloud and SPSS. For more information, check out our equipment lending guide.

The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) Indigenous Internship provides an opportunity for First Nations, Métis or Inuit (FNMI) students to make a contribution to UAL while pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies

The Resident Program provides experience to recent graduates interested in exploring a career in academic libraries and an opportunity to discover the multitude of opportunities within an academic library setting. The program creates mentoring and networking opportunities as well as providing professional development and training. Successful applicants receive a one year appointment.

Since 2013, the Libraries have partnered with CTL and IST eClass Support to integrate library services into the U of A's Learning Management System. The Moodle library block places library resources and services within the digital learning environment, in an effort to contribute to student sucess in online and hybrid learning course delivery.

In the Personal Librarian Program, all self-identified first-year Aboriginal students and international students will have their very own Personal Librarian who can help them access the many services and resources the libraries have to offer.

The University of Alberta is a founding member of Portage. UAL hosts DMP Assistant, a web-based, open source application based on DMPOnline, to assist Canadian researchers in preparing clearly stated plans supporting the data in their projects.

The Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) is currently being built to house UAlberta's Archives and to store less frequently accessed library items. It will be located on South Campus, just south of the Fort Edmonton/South Campus LRT station and Saville Community Sports Centre..

Print versions of this unique collection of textbooks that were approved for use in Alberta schools from 1885 onwards are housed in the Curriculum Historical Collection at the H.T. Coutts Education and Physical Education Library.

Spearheaded by the University of Waterloo, York University, and the University of Alberta, and with infrastructure provided by a Compute Canada Research Platforms and Portals grant, the WALK project brings together interested Canadian partners to provide access to collections of Canadian websites crawled and archived by the Internet Archive.

University of Alberta Libraries will host the 46th annual WILU conference taking place from May 23 – May 25, 2017. The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use is an annual Canadian conference where delegates meet to explore theory and practice related to the library's wide reaching role in teaching and learning in higher education.