Omni: Rediscover Discovery

Coming December 10, 2019

Introducing Omni, the new academic search tool presented by OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries). See the OCUL Omni page.

An outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures initiative, Omni is powered by a collaborative system of team members and resources from 14 of Ontario’s university libraries.  Trent is part of this group.

Omni users experience fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality, academic material, empowering them to confidently develop new insights in their research goals.

With Omni, you get an easy and mobile-friendly user experience providing quick access to resources from 14 Ontario university libraries.

See the press release.

What will Omni change?


One quick search finds ALL items owned by our library, whether they're online or physical; books, journals, articles or maps; on Reserve or in the stacks. You no longer have to choose WHERE to search for WHAT you want to find - it's all here.

Powerful filters help you narrow down the results to those you really want to see.

Use simple language to search; no complex knowledge of boolean operators required. (But there's still an Advanced Search for those who want more control.)

All your favourite databases continue to be available for targeted searching, but Omni offers a broad search and quick access directly to resources.


The new system brings new borrowing policies that allow you to keep books in your hands longer. Longer loan periods and automatic renewals are part of the Omni network package.

Stay tuned for details.

New services starting December 10

REQUEST items that are in the stacks (on the shelves) in the library, so you know they'll be available for you to pick up at the Service Desk. Search the catalogue from anywhere, click REQUEST, and you'll receive an email when it's available for pickup.

Because you login to Omni, it knows who you are and what we provide to you, so you have a customized search environment.

Easily expand your search beyond Trent's walls, into the vast resources of 13 other Ontario university libraries - just click "Search beyond Trent". Request items using the ILL form that's automatically filled out for you.

Coming Later

Summer 2020

As we progress with the implementation of this vast new system, we'll open options to expand your access to other Ontario University Libraries.  From the Omni network, you'll be able to request physical items:

  • FROM any location
  • to be PICKED UP at any location
  • and RETURNED to any location.

You'll be able to walk into any of the participating libraries and use their resources as a member.

In the meantime, Interlibrary Loan continues to provide access to resources available beyond our library. Searching the other networked Omni libraries is as simple as a click, and a pre-populated ILL form is offered for any items not available at Trent.

Omni Network Members

These university libraries make up the Omni network:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University