Omni: Academic Search Tool

Meet Omni: Your New Academic Search Tool
Your access to library collections just increased by millions of items thanks to Omni, the new academic search tool that brings together the collections of 14 partner institutions.

The Beryl Ivey Library, together with our affiliated library partners at Western University, Huron University College, and Kings University College, is excited to introduce Omni, a search tool that will give you fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse print and digital, high-quality, academic research resources. With Omni, you’ll be able to broaden the scope of your research projects and reach your research goals with ease and confidence.

Omni will be available from library websites on December 10, 2019, and will replace the existing search interface and the Classic Catalogue. Announced on October 30, Omni is an outcome of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)’s Collaborative Futures initiative.

While we are making every effort to minimize service disruption during implementation, we will inform you of a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch.

Why a new search tool?
Our current library catalogue is over 20 years old and was primarily designed for discovery and management of physical collections. Omni will make it easier to work with our large and diverse print and digital collections.

Why a shared system?
By implementing Omni together with our affiliated library partners and 13 Ontario partner institutions, we can offer broader access to resources for our communities. We’ll have the common infrastructure needed to work together in new ways, share expertise, and collaborate more efficiently in managing and preserving our collections.

What does a new library services system mean for you?
Omni will provide broader and more streamlined access to resources both in our local collection as well as in those of our partners. You’ll gain access to millions of items currently available in the shared collections of the 13 participating universities. It will also introduce a modern search engine with powerful new features for both novice and advanced researchers to discover print and digital materials.

Questions?
Contact Caroline Whippey, Director of Library Services at caroline.whippey@uwo.ca.