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COVID-19: Library and Archives FAQ

This document will be updated as the situation evolves.  Last updated: May 10, 2022

Hours of Operation

The J.N. Desmarais Library, including the Archives, and the Architecture Library will resume regular hours of operation, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, until September 2, 2022. For updated hours of operation please visit 

How can I plan my visit to the library?

Face coverings are required at all times while in the library in accordance with the Laurentian University Policy on Face Covering.

Lidded beverages will continue to be allowed (no food permitted); however, we must reiterate the importance of wearing your mask in between sips.

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?

Yes, print items on course reserve are available at the libraries. Course instructors may place books on reserve using the reserve form. For professors who would like scanned articles or book chapters from print items to upload to D2L, please use Omni to place your request.

Can I order books and articles 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.  

How can I access materials in the Archives?

The Archives are open Tuesday through Friday and reference service for archival holdings and special collections is available.

You can reach us at r 705-675-1151, ext. 3306. We are here to help you, answer your questions, and also to provide reference. Visit the homepage of the Archives for more information and to see the opening hours (summer schedule).


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.