Town halls and Trudeau in the University of Regina Library Collection…

As you have likely heard, the University of Regina will be the location for the public town hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, January 10th, 2019.

Image from Pixabay by tdentremont

It seems like the perfect occasion for us to highlight the following titles from the University of Regina library collection:

Town halls of Canada: a collection of essays on pre-1930 town hall buildings by Marc de Caraffe

Justin Trudeau: the natural heir by Huguette Young

Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Maggie & Pierre: a fantasy of love, politics, and the media (a play) by Linda Griffiths and Paul Thompson

Beyond reason by Margaret Trudeau

If you are interested in finding more resources about Canadian politics or politics in general, check out our Political Science Research Guide.

Season’s Greetings from Archer Library

The University of Regina including the Library will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Librarians and Library Staff look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Read below tweet if you are wondering what “we” are doing while the Archer Library is closed.

Views From the Library – Snow much fun!

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Archer Library’s External Communications and Promotions team and the friendly front desk staff have been busy adding a little holiday cheer to the library.   Take a few moments to rest from stressful studying and check out the decorations!  “Snow is Falling – Books are Calling” can be found on the main floor of Archer,  outside of Archives.  We hope our friendly snow people add a little warmth to your day!

Feeling stressed during exams?

Take a moment and congratulate yourself on making it this far. Final exams can be a stressful time so drop by the Archer Alcove in the library for a coffee at our new machine and a game of Jenga, or whatever activity you find stress relieving. You can also get your free cup of java in your own mug outside the Library, courtesy of UR Sustainability and Chartwells.

It is important to find ways to manage the stress that comes with the pressures of exams and end of term deadlines, including finding time to relax (maybe watching a movie) and planning your study times (maybe taking advantage of the Library’s extended hours). And remember, when your usual stress relieving tactics don’t seem to be working, you can seek out help at Counselling Services at 306-585-4491.

Library Hours Extended During Exams

Need more study time?

To serve our students, Archer Library will remain open until 2 a.m. from Friday, December 7, 2018 to December 20, 2018.

Access from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. will be to the main floor only, with 400 seats available. Services will be limited. Community Assistants will be monitoring the front door, refilling paper trays and performing seat counts.

Students are allowed to park in any M and Z lots after 5 pm (other than spots for persons with disabilities). It is recommended that students park in Lots 14 and 15 after 10 pm as access will remain open to the AdHum and Language Institute buildings after 11 p.m. for students utilizing nearby parking or returning to residences.  Students will also be able to move from the Archer Library through the Classroom and Lab Hallways up to the Campus Security office in order to access parking on that side of campus.

Chartwells has committed to keeping The Grind open during final exam time from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday. Kisik and Lab Café will be open on weekends.

Meet the Staff: Kelly Jackman

Kelly has been with the Archer Library for seven years.  You may recognize her as one of the friendly faces in User Services.  In addition to her work at the Help Desk, Kelly is supervisor to our amazing crew of student assistants.  Kelly leads a very active life outside of the library and loves to read, dance, knit, watch baseball, and travel.


What’s one skill that everyone should develop?

Communication ….because you learn to be a good listener, you have clarity, confidence.  You are friendly and learn respect.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Dancing……if you are moving you stay in shape and the music makes you smile.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising 3 daughters on my own….all 3 have good jobs and have been married for over 10 years.

What is your motto or favourite quote?

If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all…..or

If you are going to do something, then do it right the 1st time.

What’s one powerful piece of advice for living a fulfilling life?

Life is short, be kind to one another.

Views From The Library – Peaceful Studying at Archer


It’s that time of the year and the semester!   Projects are being finished,  exams are being prepared.   In the rush of the school year before the break, it’s healthy and helpful to take a moment to relax and refresh.  Many students come to the library to study for their exams.   Did you know that the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of Archer Library have designated quiet areas where you can study peacefully?  There are wonderfully comfy chairs and private study stations,  and amazing views that give a calming ambiance.  Check out the view from the 5th floor of the library!  Good luck to everyone on all of your exams and projects!   The library resources and our wonderful staff are here to help you!

Farewell to Donna Bowman

On Tuesday November 27th 2018, the University Library organized the retirement celebration for Donna Bowman at La Rotonde in the Language Institute Building. The perfect location since Donna has been the librarian for all things French as well as many areas in MAP, Education and Women’s and Gender Studies. Over the years, Donna’s professional attitude and willingness to learn have been greatly appreciated by her colleagues, faculty, staff and students.

The Quasi-Kidnapping of Kitty Von Kat – Title Page

Donna Bowman is also a visual artist, she “(…) does pretty much all the art for Clan Munro and Ben Frost.  Pencils and inks by hand and Ben Frost colouring in Photoshop” ( During the Winter 2018 semester, part 1 of the Web graphic novel, The Quasi-Kidnapping of Kitty Von Kat was displayed on the 4th floor of the Archer Library.

Thank you for your contributions to the Archer Library and we wish you a joyful retirement.

The Surprise in the Book Drop:Kicking the Habit

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Sometimes, you just don’t have a bookmark handy.  Usually, I’ll just grab whatever flat item is closest and tuck it between the pages to mark my spot: receipts, business cards, old envelopes.  Recently, a very unique bookmark was turned in with one of our books: a nicotine patch.


I hope whoever this belonged to was able to kick the habit without this one patch!

For more stories about unusual bookmarks, check out this article about what other librarians have found in their books.  (Bacon? Cheese? Chicken legs?????) You may also want to visit Forgotten Bookmarks, a site dedicated to the strange and beautiful ephemera found in an antiquarian  bookseller’s books.