How to Use Omni

How to Use Omni

Welcome to the University of Ottawa Library guide for how to use Omni.

What is Omni?

Omni is the main search tool for the University of Ottawa Library.

What does Omni search?

Omni searches the University of Ottawa Library's collection and the physical collections of the 17 Omni partner libraries. Omni includes data from many of the databases the Library subscribes to, as well as from the uO Research institutional repository. You can use Omni to find books, book chapters, journals, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, reference entries, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, maps, images, musical scores, government documents, audio visual material, and more.

Members of the University of Ottawa community can request items from the University of Ottawa Library and from the 17 Omni partner libraries through Omni. Members can also use Omni to submit an interlibrary loan request for items not in Omni.

Contents of this guide

Simple Search

The basics for searching with Omni.

Advanced Search

If you need more control over your search.

Modify Your Results

If you want to reduce irrelevant search results.

Additional Features

If you are interested in other ways Omni can help you.

My Account

Track your loans, requests, saved records, saved searches, and more.

Pickup Anywhere

Place a hold on items in Omni and pick them up when they are ready.


Have other questions about Omni? Check the FAQ in case they've already been answered.

Where can I get help?