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COVID-19: Library and Archives FAQ

This document will be updated as the situation evolves. Last updated: July 29, 2021

Which libraries on campus are open to the public?

  • J.N. Desmarais Library: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, weekdays (as of Monday, August 16, 2021)
  • Architecture Library: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, weekdays (as of Monday, August 16, 2021)

How many people are allowed in the library?

Currently, the maximum capacity allowed by provincial Covid-19 guidelines is 50%. This includes the library's open spaces, the Brenda Wallace Computer Center, the Brenda Wallace Reading Room, the Archives and the study rooms.

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 document, and under Get It, click on Request a digitized article/chapter/excerpt and we will email you a PDF. This service is intended for students and faculty living outside of Sudbury, Ontario, and who are studying or teaching entirely online.

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 on-campus courses may ask that print items be placed on course reserve once the library is physically open.  Course instructors teaching entirely remotely may ask us to scan articles or book chapters from print items that they can then add to D2L.

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's request form that is displayed when you click: Not available locally, check for more options -> Get it from another library from a search result.

Can I still access materials in archival fonds?

The Archives reading room is closed to the public until September but we are accessible by email at or by phone at 705-675-1151 ext.3306. We are available to answer your questions and for consultations. 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.