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Ask Us 24/7

You can always get help from a librarian, even if the library is closed or you cannot stop by in person. Ask Us 24/7 is an online chat service that allows you to ask your research questions and enter a live discussion with a librarian who can help you.

The service is designed to assist you with identifying useful sources, locating those sources and citing materials. It is not the best place to ask questions about your library account, fines or renewing materials. Please ask those questions by calling 716-888-8411. This is a shared service so you may be working with a librarian from out of state or even another country. Give it a try at Question Point!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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The Canisius College Library would be happy to assist students, faculty and staff to acquire books, magazine, newspaper or journal articles for you from other libraries. You can initiate your request by filling out the ILL form at or by clicking the link provided in many of our databases including those from Summon or EBSCOhost.

The first time you use this service, you may have to register by filling out a simple form. Once received, articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically, via PDF, often within a few hours. Books will be held for pick up at the service desk. This service is for books and articles only. Most libraries will not lend textbooks or audio visual materials. If you need any assistance with this service, just stop by the Service Desk or call 716-888-8413.

"MISHAP contained" Opening Reception

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Join us Friday, October 23rd, from 5-7 p.m. in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery on the main floor of the Library for the opening reception of Sara M. Zak's "MISHAP contained." 

“MISHAP contained,” new paintings and prints by Sara M. Zak, quietly examines the rarely thought of tragedy of military training deaths or as referred to in a 1994 government study “mishaps.” There are, on average, 230 reported military training exercise deaths a year. The installation at Cansius deals solely with F-111 aviation deaths occurring between 1967 and 1994; of the 115 airmen to die in the F-111, 94 of them perished in training exercises. Zak’s paintings often explore the shifting nature of time, place, concept, actuality, and paint. She juxtaposes unrelated moments in time while showing a dichotomy between a planned concept and an actual existence. With these subtle landscape works, she explores the triviality and the monumentality of the accidental.

The exhibit will be on display October 23rd - November 27.

How to Find a Journal by Title

The library catalog will help you find items found in the library and the databases. This includes journals. Follow these steps to check if Canisius owns the title:

  • Go to the library website.
  • Click in the search box located in the center of the page, then type in the journal title, hit search.
  • Look through result list for the title.
  • The record will state if the title is online, in print or both. Online titles will be labeled "e-journal" and print titles will be labeled "journal."
  • To access the online e-journal, click on the “Full text online” link. To check our print holdings, click on the “Available” link. This will take you to the full catalog record for the print title.

If you need help, please stop by the reference desk, call us 716-888-8411 or email.

If you would like to browse our online journal titles, please click here.

Now I'm a College Student

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So wait, college is not just parties and fun? I have to do research papers?

I have to read how many chapters from my textbook by when????

I have to be responsible for myself? What do I do?????????????

Well, we cannot help you with everything but we can assist you with some of the ways you can succeed as a freshman. How? Well, this guide covers much of the basic academic information you may need your first year in college.

Opening Reception for "Arrangements" by Augustina Droze

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The Library is hosting the opening reception for "Arrangements" by Augustina Droze, in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery tonight, September 11th, from 5-7pm.

"Arrangements" is a series of work which investigates man's manipulation of nature through decorative arrangments of dead animals, insects and feathers.

Augustina Droze is an artist based in Buffalo, NY. She works primarily as a public artist and muralist as well as a painter. Droze is familiar with large scale public art through her work in mural projects, mixed media installations and sculptures. She has worked with a variety of public art agencies including The Chicago Public Art Group, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, The Indianapolis Arts Council, Cleveland Public Art, numerous municipalities as well as large corporations including the Forbes Company. She currently has two large scale paintings on display at the Castellani Art Museum. More information can be found at

The exhibit runs from September 11th - October 7th.

Do You Have My Textbook?

textbook.jpgSome professors will put copies of your textbook on hold at the library under Course Reserves.

You can search our catalog by instructor or course name.

Course Reserves are located behind the library desk. They can be checked out for 3 hours and can only be used in the library.

If the textbook you need is not on reserve you can search our catalog or ConnectNY for a copy, or ask your instructor to put a personal copy on reserve.

Student Employment in the Library

Looking for a job on campus? Work at the Library!! We promise to provide a fun, positive, enriching work experience during your time here at Canisius. Please be advised, we can only hire students that qualify for Work-Study through financial aid.

We will have open interviews during the first week of the Fall semester, August 31st-September 4th. The times are 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Please bring a completed application (.docx) and a copy of your class schedule. For more information, see the job description (.pdf).


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