Contact Information

School of Information Studies
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Ave. East,
11th Floor 
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel. : 613-562-5130
Fax : 613-562-5854

Office Hours
Monday to Friday

September to May
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Leslie Weir

University Librarian

Cross-appointed Professor, School of Information Studies

Office: 65 Université, Morisset Hall, Rm 235
Telephone: 1 613-562-5880


Leslie Weir talks fondly about her first librarian job at the Côte St. Luc Public Library, near Montreal. In addition to a huge play area for children, the library had an aquarium and a floor-to-ceiling bird cage, which Weir freely admits she didn't particularly like cleaning. There was nearly a staff revolt, she recalls, when the chief librarian tried to bring in a monkey.

In 2003, Weir began a mandate as the University of Ottawa's chief librarian, and she wants to bring more of that spirit to the University's Library Network. The first woman to occupy the position, she earned a master's in library science from McGill University. Although Weir was extensively involved in the development of information technology during her various assignments at the National Library of Canada and at the University of Ottawa, she still focuses a lot of her passion and energy in making the library a “people place.”

University degrees

BA, History, Concordia University
MLIS, McGill University

Fields of interest

  • Open Access

Courses taught

ISI 5105 Social Context of Information

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Last updated: 2012.01.19