The Herzberg Laboratories for Physics and Computer Science was named for Gerhard Herzberg, Canada’s first Nobel Prize recipient for natural sciences, and Carleton’s former Chancellor.

The building houses the School of Computer Science, the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Physics, Department of Earth Sciences (including their $10 million POLARIS project), the Environmental Science program, Integrated Science program, and the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office.

A roof-top observatory features a powerful star-gazing 14″ reflecting Celestron telescope.

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Accessibility Guide

Designated Parking

No designated parking located within reasonable proximity to building. The closest is at the loading dock of the University Centre (two spaces).

Exterior Entrance

Accessible front entrance located on the east side of the building, walkway leading from the direction of the University Centre loading dock.

Tunnel Access

Accessible tunnel entrance from Steacie Building and all buildings on campus.


Accessible, but need tactile control buttons and audible signaling device to indicate direction of travel for persons who are visually impaired.


No accessible washrooms in this building. Nearest accessible washrooms are located in the University Centre or at tunnel entrance to Paterson Hall.


Not accessible. Too high for wheelchair users and not equipped with volume control.

Classroom Areas

Classrooms and labs are generally accessible, except for back section of lecture room 356 which has an elevated floor and fixed desks.

Study Areas

Room 227 is an accessible study room for third-year and fourth-year students.


Nearest cafeteria/lounge facilities located in University Centre and the Loeb Building.

Existing Obstacles

No accessible washroom in the building; no disabled parking within close proximity; back section of Room 356 inaccessible.


Take tunnel system to University Centre for fastest access to main buildings in quad area. The Science Technology Centre is located on the first level. The School of Computer Science has a newly constructed floor in the Herzberg Building with elevator access.