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COVID-19: Library and Archives FAQ

This document will be updated as the situation evolves. Last updated: January 17, 2022

Which libraries on campus are open to the public?

The J.N. Desmarais Library and the Architecture Library remain closed until February 7th, or until further notice. During this time, you may continue to place your resource sharing requests and we continue to offer digitization services and curbside pick-up during university hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How can I get research help?

Research help is available!

How can I access library digital resources when working off-campus?

Start at the library homepage. All of the links from the catalogue search, databases, and research guides lead you through our proxy server, which proves to publishers that you're a Laurentian University community member.
Similarly, the Scholarly Articles search from the library homepage leads to a special Google Scholar search that adds a "Get full text" links beside any article to which we have access.

Can I request a scan of a book chapter or journal article?

Yes, in Omni, sign in to your account, find the item, and under Get It, click on Request a digitized article/chapter/excerpt and we will email you a PDF. If you need a different file format, let us know in the comments section of the form.

How can I renew an item?

Log into your library account using your Laurentian ID, select the items to renew, and click Renew items. If you can’t renew an item, email the Library that loaned you the item:

Can I access print course reserves?

Print items on course reserve will become available once the libraries physically open.  

Course instructors teaching remotely may ask us to scan articles or book chapters from print items that they can then add to D2L by placing a request through Omni.

Can I order books from other libraries via Interlibrary loan?

Yes. You can request print items, as well as electronic articles and scanned chapters/excerpts from books, through Omni. Find the item in Omni then click "Not available locally, check for more options". In the "How to get it" section, select "Get it from another library" and fill out the information.

Can I still access materials in archival fonds?

The Archives reading room is closed to the public but we are accessible by email or by phone at 705-675-1151 ext.3306. We are available to assist you, to respond to your questions and provide reference. Visit the homepage of the Archives for more information.

For information relating to symptoms, spread, how to protect yourself and your family, self-monitoring, self-isolation or other information relating to COVID-19, please refer directly to the information provided by Public Health Sudbury & Districts. The City of Greater Sudbury also has a web page on various services in relation to COVID-19. Please see other Laurentian University information relating to COVID-19 safety and the status of various campus services.