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Concordia's COVID-19 updates:

Library services and resources during closure

All the Library's locations are temporarily closed until at least May 1. While our physical locations are closed, we are committed to supporting you throughout this period in completing your studies, teaching, and research.

Information on this page is subject to change. If additional resources become available, an update will be provided here.

This page was last updated March 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

Business hours and closures 

Webster and Vanier Libraries and the Grey Nuns Reading Room are closed until at least May 1. 

Although the Library's spaces are closed, most electronic resources are available 24/7 and the Ask a Librarian service is offered on chat and email during regular business hours.

Please note that there will be NO FINES for late materials while the Library is closed. Do not attempt to return materials while the university is closed. If you currently have books, a laptop, a tablet, or any items on loan, please keep these. Information about returns will be provided when the Library reopens. 

Students 

Library services available 

Electronic Course Reserves: 

Access to online course readings for courses in which you are enrolled: log into the Course Reserves System. 

Reference and Information: 

Your subject librarian is available to support you as always.

Chat (and email) with library staff using the Ask a Librarian service is available during regular chat service hours

  • Ask about locating information online
  • Inquire about access to e-resources 
  • Ask about using information, citing your sources and more 

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Electronic Collections: 

Online resources and services continue to be available.  

For some electronic collections, members of the Concordia community will need to enable off-campus access. Please see the instructions for doing so on the Library’s website

Consult the Library’s Subject and Course Guides for recommendations of databases, e-journal and e-book collections in your field. 

See the instructions for locating online resources available from the Library and for free: 

More information on how to find many types of online resources is available from the Library’s Find page. 

Interlibary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is operational at a limited capacity. Where possible, requests for electronic articles and chapters will be processed. Requests for physical items, e.g., printed books or microfilm, cannot be processed.

Faculty members and instructors 

Textbooks and Other Course Material:

For print textbooks and other assigned course material normally held in the Course Reserves rooms in the Webster and Vanier Libraries, faculty can make a request using the Library's Suggest A Purchase form to request an electronic version for each item. The Library will attempt to purchase these where available and provide faculty with links.

Faculty may also consider incorporating an Open Textbook (if a suitable one is available) so that all students have access. Browse major collections or contact oer@concordia.ca for assistance. 

Library services available 

Reference and Information: 

Your subject librarian is available to support you as always.

Chat (and email) with library staff using the Ask a Librarian service is available during regular chat service hours

  • Ask about locating information online 
  • Inquire about access to e-resources
  • Ask about using information, citing your sources and more

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Electronic Collections: 

Online resources and services continue to be available.  

For some electronic collections, members of the Concordia community will need to enable off-campus access. Please see the instructions for doing so on the Library’s website

Consult the Library’s Subject and Course Guides for recommendations of databases, e-journal and e-book collections in your field. 

See the instructions for locating free online resources available from the Library: 

More information on how to find many types of online resources is available from the Library’s Find page. 

Interlibary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is operational at a limited capacity. Where possible, requests for electronic articles and chapters will be processed. Requests for physical items, e.g., printed books or microfilm, cannot be processed.

Additional Library resources for faculty and students: 

How to Configure Google Scholar to Find Resources available at Concordia 

Citation Guides 

Library Research Skills Tutorial 

The following resources are currently NOT available while the Library’s spaces are closed: 

  • Study space, including group study rooms and all on-site technology
  • Print course reserves (textbooks)
  • Physical collections, including Article Delivery, Intercampus Delivery and holds  
  • Technology (on-site and borrowing) 
  • Return book drops
  • In-person workshops and events
  • Special Collections at the Vanier Library 
Updated: Monday 30 March 2020
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