Status of Library Services

Tue. Mar. 17, 2020

Last Update: September 25, 2020

The physical library facility is closed and all in-person library services have been moved to alternate delivery. Access to digital resources remains unaffected, and staff are working remotely to deliver most services online. Below is the current status of individual service areas, as well as links to where you can find more information. For general campus or health-related information, please check the University’s COVID-19 Update Page for regular updates.

Have a question? Contact the applicable department below:


⚠️ Study Spaces & Printing
The physical Library space is closed to all visitors. Dedicated campus study spaces and printing services are available; visit the university's On-Campus Learning page for more information.

✅  Archives
Consultations are available remotely; contact the Archives for assistance.

Collections & Acquisitions
For purchases and digital alternatives to print material, contact your liaison librarian or visit our COVID-19 resources page.

Copyright Services
Remote consultations are available; visit to talk to staff or make an appointment.

⚠️ Print Borrowing & Interlibrary Loans
Access to print materials is available for faculty, staff, and students via our Library Pickup Service. Users do not need to return books – including ILL material – or renew their materials at this time. Questions about library accounts, fines, and due dates can be directed to or 204.786.9808.

  • All books due on or after March 1, 2020 will be extended until December 18, 2020.
  • All recalls have been disabled.
  • All interlibrary loans of print material have been suspended.
  • Digital interlibrary loan service is available. Visit the interlibrary loan page for more information.
  • Books can be returned to the drop box at the south entrance to Centennial Hall near the security booth.

✅  Reference & Instruction Services
Library staff continue to provide Reference and Instruction Services while campus is closed.

  • Students, faculty, and staff can access research assistance from the Library's Help with Research pages.
  • Reference inquiries can be made remotely over the Library's Help Chat service.
  • Research consultation appointments may still be booked with a Subject Librarian; consultations will take place over Zoom or another suitable platform. Students and Researchers wishing to book an appointment may do so here: Appointments
  • Instructors requiring students to access library resources during the Fall or Winter terms are strongly encouraged to contact their Subject Librarian to ensure continuity of access to these resources during the library closure or to explore alternatives.
  • Instructors wishing to book a library instruction session for their course may do so using the following form: Instruction Request

✅  Research Data Management Services
Consultations are available remotely. Visit the RDM website for more information. 

⚠️ Reserves
Staff are able to offer full support for digital materials; physical reserves are inaccessible. Faculty are strongly encouraged to make use of the Syllabus Service to ensure that students have access to materials for the fall term. Print scanning services are available as part of the Syllabus Service, subject to applicable copyright policies. Contact reserves staff for more assistance.

✅  Research & Scholarship Support Services
Remote consultations are available.  Visit the Scholarship and Research Support website for more information.