Updates on Library Services & Operations

Please visit this page regularly for updates on changes to library services and operations.

Last updated May 30, 2022

Here are some key things you need to know:

  • Campus libraries are open. Patrons are free to browse and access the stacks.
  • As of June 1, 2022 the Queen's University campus-wide mask mandate is suspended. For more information please see the Safe Return to Campus website. 
  • Books and other resources are available for check out using a current, valid student or staff card. Alumni, retired staff, and community members are also welcome to visit Queen's library locations to access and check out select materials and resources. 
  • Beverages are permitted in the library, provided they are kept in a covered container. 
  • Seven seats in the ATC are available for students registered with QSAS. These must still be reserved in advance.
  • The Queen’s Research Data Centre is available by appointment..
  • Public computers are available.
  • New multi-functional printing and scanning devices are available. For more information, go to our Print, Scan, Copy page
  • Reference and instruction services are available virtually and in person. 

Library spaces

  • The 1923 Reading Room in Douglas will be closed until further notice.
  • The 1966 Reading Room in Douglas Library is now open (3rd floor) as a study space. 
  • Our campus libraries are open and you can browse and access the stacks and check out materials. 
  • Please consult our locations and hours page for current hours.
  • New multi-functional printing and scanning devices are available at all library locations. 
  • The Queen’s Research Data Centre is available by appointment.
  • Face coverings are required in all library locations. 

Access to collections

  • All of our library locations are open.  Consult our Locations and Hours page for more information. 
  • Online resources (e-journals, ebooks, databases, etc.) continue to be available to support the university's academic and research mission. Consult this website, subject guides and off-campus access instructions for more information.
  • Scanning services are offered only to students, faculty, and staff who are unable to pick up their print materials onsite. Those who are eligible can request a scan of a book chapter or an article from our print collection.  Please see our scanning request instructions on how to complete these requests. Be sure that you are logged into Omni in order to use the “Get it” button
  • The Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) has now ended. This means you can borrow print materials that were part of that collection.
  • For questions, please contact our Ask Us service or reach out to a subject librarian or archivist directly.

Returning print materials

  • Our book bins remain open for returning library materials. You may also return materials inside the library.

Renewing checked out print materials

  • You can view materials you have checked out along with their due dates on the MyAccounts page in Omni. If you have any questions, please contact us using our Ask Us service.

Interlibrary loans

Access to computers, printers, scanners, copiers

  • Public computers are now available.
  • New multi-functional printing and scanning devices are now available at all library locations. 

Library reserves & copyright

Instruction & research support

  • Subject librarians are available to provide Teaching and Learning Support and options for online and in person research support for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff and clinicians.

Archives & Special Collections

  • As of March 1, 2022, Queen's University Archives has returned to walk-in reading room operations. Please check the hours as the Reading Room may be reserved for class visits. 
  • As of March 1, 2022, W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections has returned to walk-in reading room operations. 
  • Food and drink are not permitted in either location.

Open Scholarship Services

  • Open Scholarship Services (OSS) librarians and staff continue to support research data management, open access publishing, copyright and access to statistical, government and GIS information in your teaching and research.

  • You can email us at open.scholarship.services@queensu.ca to schedule a consultation or instructional session and access the online Researcher Training Program.


  • The library’s Ask Us service is available to help remotely with library-related questions.

More information

  • Please consult this website for up-to-date information on library operations and visit the university's Safe Return to Campus website to find up-to-date information from Queen's University.

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For help locating resources, using the library, or to request a research consultation, try our Ask Us service.

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