The Gabriel Dumont Institute has its own Métis-specific library system – one of the most extensive owned by any Métis educational or cultural institution – with branches in Regina and Prince Albert. A GDI student resource centre is provided in Saskatoon.
The GDI Libraries are closed to walk-in traffic while COVID-19 precautions remain in place, but we are able to offer the following services to Institute students and staff (current as of May 19, 2020).
1. Electronic resources: continue to be available from both the GDI Library and our partners (U of R, Sask Polytech, U of S). If you need assistance accessing these services off-campus, please email (contact information can be found here: https://gdins.org/student-services/library/contact/). (Staff are taking turns working from home and from the office, so email will garner a faster response than voicemail.)
2. Loan of physical materials: If you require physical materials, please contact staff with a list of titles and call numbers. Staff will gather the requested items, and arrange a time for socially-distanced curbside pick-up. You can access the library’s catalogue by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/y8wt2e2g
3. Reference assistance: although staff are taking turns working from home/from the library, we’re accessible by email between 8 AM and 4:30 PM M-F, and by phone on the days when we’re in the office.
If you have any questions, or need access to services not listed here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For instructors and faculty who are preparing for online delivery of courses in the fall, please let us know if there is anything at all we can assist with — we’re here all summer and happy to help in any way we can.
To search the GDI Library catalogue online, click here
With a unique collection specific to Métis history and culture, the GDI Library provides service to GDI students as well as the wider Métis and non-Métis community.