Library Services for Joint Ph.D. Students (Educational Studies)

James A. Gibson Library

Library Services for Joint Ph.D. Students (Educational Studies)

The James A. Gibson Library is housed on eight floors of the Schmon Tower, the focal point of the campus. Its collection, numbering over 1 million items, has been selected to support the teaching and research programs of the university. All Joint PhD students have access to the Library and its resources.

Finding Books

Access to the collections is facilitated by the Library Catalogue available at workstations on each floor of the library. The Library Catalogue includes the holdings of the James A. Gibson Library, the Instructional Resource Centre, and the University Map Library. The Catalogue is through the library website.

Borrowing and Renewals

Information about loan periods and fines is available on the Library website at

Registered Brock borrowers are able to renew library material through MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT.

Finding Journal Articles

The Library’s collection of Databases provides the most efficient access to scholarly journal articles. A list of recommended databases for library research in Education is available here: here.

Search Databases from Off-Campus

You can access digital library resources 24/7 by logging into MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT with your Brock Portal username and password.

Direct Borrowing

Graduate students are able to use their Brock University Identification card to borrow items directly from other Ontario university libraries, as well as other participating university libraries in Canada. These items may be returned to the lending library OR to any other university library.

Participating University Libraries

Ontario University Library catalogues

Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to visit another University library, you may request items not available at Brock through our Interlibrary Loan system, RACER. To submit a request through RACER, you must first register in the system.

For more information on registering and submitting requests using RACER, see or contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 905-688-5550 ext. 4647 or by email at

Materials take 5-10 working days to arrive, and you will be notified by email when your item is ready for pick-up. Pick-up of materials is only available at the James A. Gibson Library (St. Catharines) and the Hamilton Campus.

Research Help Desk, James A. Gibson Library

If you have any questions or if you are having difficulties using the Library’s resources, contact the Research Help Desk for help. The Research Help Desk is staffed by librarians and reference assistants who are available to assist in all aspects of the research process. You may also email us your questions by clicking on the Contact Us link on the Library homepage or by using LIVE Help!

Email: Click on the Contact Us link on the Library homepage
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3233

Research Consultations

For more in-depth research help or instruction, contact the Education Librarian.

Jennifer Thiessen, Education Librarian
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3573

Subject specialists for other departments and faculties at Brock University are also available for in-depth research or one-on-one instruction in the Library’s resources.