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Northern College Library: Visit Us

Northern College's Timmins, Kirkland Lake, and Haileybury campuses boast unique, warm, and welcoming library spaces where students can make use of a variety of study/learning environments. 


Haileybury Campus


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Brenda Morissette’s friendly face and years of experience are a welcome sight for students at the Haileybury campus. The quaint little multi-level library boasts 6 new study carrels for quiet individual study, large tables for group study.

Students can perform research or complete assignments at one of the seven computer workstations or plugin to use their own portable devices. Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.






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Brenda Morrisette


Born and raised in Timmins Ontario.  Northern Ontario Girl all the way!  Graduated from Fanshawe College with a Library Technician Diploma in mid-1980s.  Have worked part-time in London for one school year between a French elementary school Ecole Frere Andre and the city’s French high school Ecole Secondaire Monseigneur Bruyere, then moved to Chapleau and worked at their Ecole Secondaire Chapleau High School.  Went to Sudbury in 1991 and worked there for three years at the University of Sudbury Library (yes University of Sudbury, not Laurentian – all paychecks stated University of Sudbury).  This library was a small special library whose collections concentrated on Philosophy, Religious Studies, Folklore and Native Studies.  In 1995 to the present, 25 years,  I moved to Haileybury Ontario to work at Northern College Haileybury campus Library, also known as Haileybury School of Mines.  

This campus’ concentrates on Mining, Instrumentation, Veterinary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Veterinary Assistant, Animal Grooming, and Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation.

Next year this campus will be partnering with the Temiskaming Shores Public Library to hold the Haileybury satellite's collection of fiction, young adult fiction, children’s picture books, some non-fiction, and some French literature.

Kirkland Lake Campus

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At the Kirkland Lake campus staff and students can take advantage of Wen’s many years of library experience as well as his research and technology expertise to find the answers they are looking for.  The library is a bright, open space where students can sit and enjoy a great read, study for the next test or complete and print their assignments at provided workstations. 

The preview room is used for viewing audio-visual software. It must be booked in advance. Audiovisual and interactive learning equipment is available upon request.



Timmins Campus

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Our Timmins campus library overlooks picturesque Porcupine Lake and offers students a sunny place to kick back and read a magazine, do research or study while enjoying a hot coffee or a snack. 

Full-time library technicians Shannon Arsenault, Alexis Edl and Amanda Garbe are always on hand to help staff or students with their research, find new teaching resources, answer copyright and library-related questions. Students can use our group study rooms equipped with teleconferencing capabilities or study silently in our quiet study spaces.

Six study rooms are available for group work.  Rooms can be booked at the Circulation Desk on a daily or weekly basis. 

Please Note: Groups of two or larger may book a room for up to 2 hours a day. If a group is more than 15 minutes late the booking is forfeit.  Personal property should not be left unattended in the rooms.

Audiovisual, videoconferencing, and interactive learning equipment is available upon request.


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Shannon Arsenault


Hello Northern College,

My name is Shannon Arsenault, and I am the Senior Library/Copyright Technician for the Northern College Learning Resource Centres. A graduate of Northern’s Business Administration and Office Administration programs, I began my library career at the Timmins Public Library, where I worked in every department for 13 years. During my time at the public library, I studied Library and Information Technology from Mohawk College, and in 2011 I jumped into a part-time role with the LRC at Northern that quickly became the full-time position I currently hold.

When I’m not hard at work, you can find me spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking or travelling our beautiful country. Since my start with the college, our print collections have diminished to reflect more streamlined, relevant resources, and our digital collections have soared. While I am passionate about literacy, my main focus at Northern is that our faculty and students have equitable access to a plethora of relevant and reliable teaching and learning resources regardless of whether they are on or off-campus. Whether you are searching for a scholarly article, a video, open resources or a program-specific database, I can help you find the answers you seek. Through the use of our virtual reference desk, the library can deliver those answers quickly to any device when you need them.


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Alexis Edl



My name is Alexis Edl. I started my career at Northern during my high school co-op. In 2015 I began working PT as a library clerk, and in 2017 I secured a full-time position as a library technician. I studied LIT at Confederation College.

My goal in life is to travel and learn about the culture and history of places worldwide and eat fabulous food everywhere I go! 

My professional goal is to continue in a library setting, helping students succeed. My favourite part of working in the LRC at Northern is introducing students and faculty to over 70 research databases or one of our many subject guides.


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Kit Robertson

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kit Robertson, my pronouns are they/them. I am a library technician at Northern College's Timmins Library. As an American Canadian, I made my way north from the States years ago with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I spent several years learning the ropes with the adventures of Public Libraries in Kitchener and Chatham-Kent while earning a Librarian Technician Diploma through Mohawk College. I have a passion for digital literacy, libraries and education, which brought me to my new home at Northern in 2019.

Outside of the library, you will find me with my nose stuck in a book, playing a video game, creating in my small art studio, or communing with nature on hikes in the beautiful woods around us. 

While you may have seen me behind the desk on campus, answering research questions, releasing print jobs and herding students, some of my daily joys are promoting the library through social media (@NorthernLibraries) and our website. You would call me a digital geek! I love to share the newest eBooks available, technology articles that you wouldn't think of finding or research tips for the novice and guru alike. I wield my keyboard like librarians of old wielded their card catalogue (For those of you who have never heard of such a thing: think Google before Google). So feel free to reach out at for help with those pesky research questions or to find just the right book.

Chat with us at Ask the Library Service or text us at 705-302-1076

Monday - Thursday
8 AM - 8 PM
8 AM - 4 PM

Kirkland Lake
By Appointment Only.

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 9 PM