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COVID-19: Library services and resources

Study space booking

The Library is providing current students with access to study space in both Webster and Vanier libraries with the Library Study Space Booking service. Study space must be reserved in advance. Seating is limited at this time to 125 at Webster Library and 50 at Vanier Library.

Library study space booking is intended as an emergency service for those without the conditions for silent study at home. Only seating for individual study and exams is available at this time.

Given the curfew in effect in Montreal, the reading rooms will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All visitors are required to wear a procedure mask (surgical mask) on campus.

Key services

During the Quebec curfew in place in Montreal, these key services continue as usual, except that the reading rooms will close at 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

We continue to work to support your studies, teaching and research during this time. Most of the 120 members of the Library team are working remotely. Since June 2020, a team of staff and librarians has been working in the libraries to fulfill thousands of requests to retrieve items from the physical collection for contactless pickup and to digitize items for course reserves or to deliver by email.

Access to collections

Digital collections

The Library's digital collections remain available 24/7. In recent years, over 85% of our collection expenditures have gone toward electronic resources.

Sofia Discovery tool
Search for articles, e-books, streaming video, and more

Search by database name, or browse databases by subject or content type (data, sound, theses, etc.)

Article Finder
Locate a specific article by citation or DOI



Browse and read journals (BrowZine)

Streaming video
Browse Medial, the Library's streaming platform, or the list of video databases to which we subscribe

See also:

Connecting from off-campus

Setting up Google Scholar to find Library resources

Suggest a purchase

Physical collections

Library stacks are currently closed. However, if you need an article, chapter, or front/back matter of a book, we can send you a PDF via email with the Article/Chapter Scan & Deliver service.

If you need books or other physical items from the collection, you can make a request through the Contactless Book Pickup service.

Concordia-affiliated researchers (students, faculty, and staff) can schedule appointments to consult the Library’s Special Collections. Read more about visiting Special Collections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Course reserves

The course reserves rooms are currently closed. Items from the course reserves collection cannot be borrowed at this time. The online course reserves system remains available 24/7.

Many professors have posted online readings in the course reserves system through the Library. The Library ensures copyright compliance as part of this service. Many other professors have adopted open textbooks to assist their students during these challenging times.

See also:

Open Educational Resources guide

Course reserves guide for instructors

Course reserves guide for students


You are now able to return your books and other borrowed material to the Library. See more about returning items.

All fines will be waived until September 30. Note that returned items are quarantined for 3 days, subsequently a return will not immediately be reflected in your library account, and no fines are incurred during this period.

One exception to the above is for cases where no arrangement is made for the return of equipment. In these cases, replacement costs will be applied to library user accounts.

See more about fines.

Concordia's IT department has centralized the handling of all equipment requests and support. See information for those without necessary equipment.

If you only need an article, book chapter, or the front/back matter of a book, you can use the Article/Chapter Scan & Deliver service to receive a PDF via email. If you need the physical item, make a request through the Contactless Book Pickup service.

Yes, Interlibrary Loans services resumed on September 14, 2020.

DPrint machines are not available in the Webster or Vanier Library; however, two DPrint machines are available to students. One DPrint machine is located on the downtown (SGW) campus in LB-119 near the Mackay Street entrance. The other is located on the Loyola campus in the VL-100 atrium.

There is currently no access to on-site library equipment such as book scanners or flatbed scanners.

Still have questions?

Contact us via the Ask a Librarian service

Updated: Tuesday 4 May 2021
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