Uncover some services you didn’t know you needed

When we talk about the library, it doesn’t quite scream excitement. But sometimes, the library can be more than a place to borrow books. Whether you need a space to study or with help research a huge project, the library exists to make your life as a student a bit easier.

If you didn’t know, the library offers many services that will benefit your learning performance. Check out this curated list of some amazing services that the Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber libraries have to offer.

Getting creative at the Idea Lab

Audio studios at Humber library

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From video studios, and audio studios, to 3D printing machines, embroidery machines and more – the Idea Lab at North and Lakeshore have it all.

“Although the Idea Lab is primarily designed to support media-rich assignments, we welcome users to work on personal projects or tinker with the technologies when space permits,” said Erin Walker, a digital fluency librarian at Lakeshore campus.

3d printing machines

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All the students, staff, and faculty at both Humber and UofGH are welcome to let their creativity run loose when they have time.

Even if you don’t know how to use the services, don’t worry! The Idea Lab staff hold many introduction workshops for beginners. All you have to do is go to their website and check for availability.

Video Studio at Humber library

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However, the Idea Labs at different campuses will have different facilities, so make sure to check with the staff before making any space bookings.

Collaborate with Study Room

Group Study Room from Humber library

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While group study can be beneficial, it is not always easy to find a quiet spot for discussion. This is when group study rooms come to the rescue. Aside from privacy, these rooms also include a TV screen and power outlets so that your session can be the most productive one.

Booking a room is simple. Just pick the date that you and your friends are free and remember to show up on time to hit the books.

Exclusive content from Humber Archives

Humber Archives

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Did you know that the on-campus libraries have some of the most unique resources available to you?

Through Humber Archives, you get access to a full vintage collection of works that reflect the history of Humber. The archives include exhibits, newspapers, marketing materials and even photographs of Humber back in the day.

some documents from Humber's library

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I had a chance to talk with John Yolkowski, the manager of Humber Archives, and Shernett Bennett, the library technician. During our conversation, I could see their passion and dedication to preserving the institution’s history for future generations.

some photos from Humber's library

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As a student here, it’s interesting to learn about the school’s history. Within an hour, they walked me through some of the coolest stories I have ever heard; I listened to stories about the first Black president of the Student Association Council (the great, great grandfather of IGNITE) and a Humber student protest during the 70s.

two librarians standing

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If you’re curious about learning and want to hear more, you can email them or drop in at anytime between Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LRC4068, North Campus Library.

Get support with writing and math homework

Math and Writing Centre at Humber's library

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Struggling with math and writing homework are common experiences for many of us. That’s why the school has a whole space dedicated just to helping you with those two things!

Located at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses, The Math & Writing Centre provides help with any math-related topic and writing support. Plus, you can also book tutors for other subjects that you find difficult. Free of charge!

a rubik and paper on the table

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And you, the math lovers. If you want a space to satisfy your hobby, drop by the Math & Writing Centre now. Whether it is chess, Rubik’s cube solving, or, well, doing math, you are welcome to come by and hang out with all the people who share the same passion with you.

Forgot your charger? The library has your back

Humber's library charger

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Imagine you have back-to-back classes so you have to stay at school for the whole day. You take a glance at your phone battery and guess what, it’s nearly running out. Then, you try to grab the charger in your backpack but it’s not there.

Luckily, you can borrow chargers from the library receptionists for free. Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, they have you covered. Just remember to return the chargers before the library closes.

Don’t know what to expect? Just ask!


The library’s mission is to help you succeed, so make sure to take advantage of what they offer. If you don’t know what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to ask librarians or library assistants. If you are shy, they have a live chat available on the Humber Library website too!

Whether you’re feeling creative, stuck on a math problem, or just need a quiet space to unwind – the library is here for you.

Want to explore more? Attend the Zen Zone Pop up library

Zen Zone, located in the K building basement, Lakeshore Campus

There is nothing better than picking up a good book and cozying up for the day, join us on Thursday, March 14 for an afternoon filled with great books and cozy conversations in the Zen Zone. The Pop-up library will be the ultimate spot for you to discover new literature and enjoy some snacks. This is a free event so all you have to do is show up and we will take care of the rest.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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