Last Updated: May 01, 2021     Views: 24

In our new Digital Collections site, you’ll discover items from our library and archives collections that spans subjects from Western History, Canadian Studies to Geoscience and Biological Sciences and everything in between.  

The University of Calgary Libraries has made every possible effort to clear these items for public view and in some cases you may see more rights to download and reuse items directly through this database, like for our Herbarium and Invertebrates Digital Collections, which are all licensed with a CC-BY-ND license.  

In other cases, the library may be able to provide you a downloadable copy upon request.  

To order items:

  1. If you are not affiliated with UCalgary and do not already have a Digital Collections account, please create one by clicking "Register" in the top menu. All UCalgary members can login using their UCalgary credentials.  

  1. On an item, you may see a “Add to cart” button. We’ve set this button up on items that the library can either provide downloadable copies upon request or direct you to the copyright holder and provide access on their behalf.     

  1. Select this button to add an item to your cart.     

  1. Once you’ve added all of the items you would like to request to your cart, go to your cart in the top right menu bar.    

  1. Fill out the information about how you would like to use each item. Note that if you intend to use all of the items for the same purpose, simply copy your answers to all of the other items in your cart.     

  1. Finally, fill in an overall order title and description, your deadline and if this is a rush or standard order. Please note that rush requests are subject to rush fees.    

  1. Orders for high resolution images are subject to fees for service to digitize, store and check copyright permissions. Once we receive your request, a team member will let you know the fee associated with your order. You can also check our FAQ for our digitization fee schedule.   

  1. Once a team member reviews your order, they will send you a message to let you know your order status. You will receive any messages from the library team in your email.   Please allow-list emails from the Digital Collections site.  

  1. You can also track the status of your order in your Orders area.     

  1. Once your order is approved, you can go to your Authorized Orders and download your items. If there is any fee associated with your order, you will need to pay your fee via credit card prior to download.     

  1. Once you download your order, you will need to review your terms of use – these are the terms that the library is able to provide these items to you under – and then you can download.    

  1. If you do have any fees for service, you can download your invoice at any time from the My Transactions area.