What to expect from your library this fall

Post Date:
Sep 4, 2020

We look forward to welcoming you back to Queen’s, both virtually and physically. We have been working hard alongside campus partners to develop a plan to provide you with the library resources you need while keeping everyone safe.

Here's what to expect from us this fall:

  • Beginning September 8, 150 seats in Stauffer Library will be available to students for study, bookable in advance only, using our online reservation system. The library will continue to expand access to study space in Stauffer Library and our other library locations throughout the fall term, making adjustments as needed to prioritize student, staff and faculty safety.
  • Online resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) continue to be available to support the university's academic and research mission.
  • Access to materials from our print collections continues to be available via our curbside pickup, scanning service and HathiTrust. Early in the fall term the library will also introduce a service to provide limited in-person consultations by appointment at the archives and special collections.
  • The library is supporting approximately 400 classes this fall with our eReserves service, and will introduce a reserve reading room in our Douglas Library to provide access to print materials supporting classes approved for in-person delivery.
  • Reference and instruction services will continue to be provided remotely for the fall term.

Study Space

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Seats in Stauffer Library will be made available for advance booking online for time slots between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday, and closed Saturdays and Sundays. All other library location will be closed at the beginning of the fall term.
  • Individual study seats will be available for advanced booking by students in two blocks per day: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 2:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • Study seat bookings can be made via the library’s website, and will be available on a first-come first-serve service for Queen’s students with a limit of 32 hours per month per person in September. The number of available hours will be reviewed and adjusted in October as needed.
  • Students who are registered with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) will soon be able to access the Adaptive Technology Centre.
  • Group study rooms and study carrels will not available for booking at the beginning of September, but we are working on plans to provide access to these spaces later in the fall term.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Safety protocols and other information will be sent via email to students upon booking.
  • All students will need to complete a wellness check before entering the library.
  • Face coverings are required in the library and physical distancing guidelines will be in effect.
  • Self-serve wipe stations are located throughout the facility for student to disinfect study spaces before and after use.
  • The library will not be able to provide access to computers, printers, scanners, and other library equipment at the beginning of the fall term. For printing, the Print & Copy Centre will be accepting orders through their website with purchases available for delivery or curbside pick-up.


Online resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) continue to be available to support the university's academic and research mission. Consult the library’s websitesubject guides and off-campus access instructions for more information.

Curbside pickup

  • Access to materials from our print collections is available to all current Queen’s students, faculty, and staff using the Request feature in our Omni search tool
  • Materials will be retrieved on a first-come, first-serve basis, and users will be notified by email when their item(s) are available for pickup at Stauffer Library.
  • Please see our curbside access instructions on how to complete these requests. 
  • Important note: Items available electronically through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service are not eligible for the library's curbide pickup service, as per the agreement terms with HathiTrust.

Scanning service for print collections

  • Use our scanning service for a single book chapter or journal article or similar fair dealing amount.


  • The library is a member of HathiTrust  and has activated the HT Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) for current faculty, students and staff.

Course reserves

  • The library’s eReserves service is being used to support online course readings for approximately 400 courses this fall. We will continue to fill eReserve requests throughout the fall term.
  • Faculty: Please see our eReserves for faculty and OnQ eReserves page for instructions on how to request electronic course readings for courses that will be delivered remotely this fall.  
  • Students: Please see our eReserves for students page for instructions on retrieving course reserves for your online courses.

Archives and Special Collections

  • We will continue to offer online consultations in archives and special collections from Monday to Friday.
  • A limited service offering in-person consultations by appointment for individual faculty and students will be made available early in September.

Research Consultations


  • The library will be offering instruction remotely this fall. Please contact your liaison librarian, archivists, or special collections staff to make arrangements.


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