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Up-to-date information from Norma Marion Alloway Library.

Scan and Deliver Requests

Borrower Services staff are able to create OCR/PDF versions of print material held in the library’s collection for users unable to visit the library.

Please allow a minimum of four (4) working days to receive scanned material requested from Alloway Library.

  • Copyright Compliant copy of material will be sent to you via email.
  • Check OneSearch to see if the book you want is available online.
  • The Library will not process your request if your library account has more than $10 in outstanding fees. Visit My Account for more information
  • This service is to support research and study at TWU. Please place requests for personal reading materials with your local public library.
  • All scanning will be done in accordance with Canada's Fair Dealing law.

Faculty Information

Faculty members, please see our Faculty Services page at

Library borrower services are now closed and thus print books are unavailable for study or sign-out.  We realize that this is a challenge for faculty course preparation and research, but the situation is beyond our control. Please see the e-mail links for support under the General Information tab.

VPN and database access

You do not need to be on TWU VPN to access our databases. Some faculty, in fact, have had difficulty opening databases while on VPN.  This issue has now been resolved, so you can use TWU databases whether on VPN or not.

Research Guides

With print access being unavailable for many of our students, our Research Guides (along with our OneSearch tool on the library home page) offer a doorway into multiple electronic books and articles.  Please encourage your students to access the Research Guides. See also the Research Guides tab in this site.

E-mail and Zoom research support

You can contact a librarian, by e-mail or Zoom, for any kind of support. For a discussion over Zoom, simply e-mail to agree on a time. 

Interlibrary Loans (ILLs)

Requests may be submitted for electronic articles, book chapters, and print book loans. Before submitting, please kindly take into consideration that the library incurs significant time and costs acquiring ILLs. Print book requests, especially, may be difficult to fulfill or will take significantly longer to receive at this time. Thank you for understanding. 

Schools are accepting returns, so please return ILL material by the due date.


You can scan documents up to what’s allowed by fair dealing and then post them on Moodle or send them directly to students. The library has limited scanning services. Note that much of what you want to scan will be subject to copyright.  See the library's copyright page for more or contact to seek more information on specific situations.

Library Blog

The library blog - - regularly has columns to support your teaching. You can pass them on to your students as well.

Two Templates for Communicating Copyright Compliance in Digital Course Delivery

 The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has developed some copyright guidance to assist in the rapid transition to online course and exam delivery. They hope this resource will be a useful template that you  can adapt to help instructors who are moving course materials online. 

 Serving Student Access Needs As We Rapidly Shift to Online Course and Exam Delivery: Copyright Considerations (Google doc)

Open Access Collections

Using Curriculum Builder to add Library E-resources to Moodle

Curriculum Builder is an available resource in Moodle that enables you to search for e-content (books, articles) in our Library OneSearch system and add them as readings on a Moodle course site.  

For a clear tutorial on using EBSCO Curriculum  Builder:

To locate Curriculum Builder:

First, open editing and choose to Add an activity or resource. You will find EBSCO Curriculum Builder as an activity. 




Faculty Support from the Library in a Nutshell


  • Faculty Research Support - We can help you identify electronic copies of items needed for your own research or for class readings.
  • Scan-to-order - Making the transition from a print to a digital environment is challenging, so if there are readings for your course that you'd placed on Print Reserve, or had planned to do it for an upcoming course, contact the library and let us know.  There are copyright limits on what we can scan, but don't hesitate to ask.  The best way to do this is to e-mail with specific material you'd like scanned.
  • Research Guides -Our Research Guides provide doorways into electronic research in your disciplines, including writing and citation guidance. Please promote these to your students.
  • Tutorials - We have a guide to Library OneSearch ( and numerous video tutorials for databases and research elements (
  • Student assignment support - Students regularly struggle with finding a way forward when given a research assignment. If you send a copy of your assignment to, we will provide you with a set of steps and suggestions that you can pass on to your students.  Several faculty have already done this.
  • Student Research Support - We are readily available through to support student research or your own research. Please let your students know about our availability.

Research Help promo slide

Faculty colleagues, we are here to help your students with their research assignments. Please post this slide in your Moodle sites or share this with your students during your virtual classes.