Library COVID-19 Update


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A summary of library services under Covid and a list of notices of disruptions


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Winter Service Summary

Last updated

Tab was last updated: February 16, 2023

All services in the Library continue to be guided by Laurier’s health and safety protocols and policies.

The following service elements will apply for the winter:

  • Following university updated guidelines, users entering the library are no longer required to wear a face covering during their visits.
    • Masks are no longer required on floors 3 and 4 or in Library instructional spaces (Maker Space and Instruction Room)
  • Library users will still continue to be able to request items in Omni for pick up in Waterloo and at Kitchener at the service desks and at Brantford at the BPL main Branch service desk
  • Access to the Archives and Special Collections will be available by appointment only
  • For information on study spaces in the Library, see: Library Study Areas
  • Library facilities and services are open to Laurier alumni and community borrowers


Library Service Details

In-Building and In-Person Services

Library Building Hours
Waterloo Campus Library
Kitchener Faculty of Social Work Library
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see following note)

Note: Access to the FSW Kitchener campus is limited to current students, faculty and staff registered in Social Work.

Students may access the Kitchener Faculty of Social Work library for study space at all other times the building is open by One Card swipe.

Brantford (Book borrowing services provided at Brantford Public Library Main Branch)
  • Students can study in the DLLC
  • Game Collection is currently not available
  • Brantford Public Library (BPL) will continue to provide access to print collections and will offer borrowing services for Laurier Brantford users based on BPL protocols
  • See BPL website for Main Branch service hours
Student Study Space

For information on Library study rooms and other areas, please see Study areas


Course Reserves

Students can access a wide variety of course materials (scanned journal articles and book chapters, eBook chapters, streaming audio/video, etc.) through the Library's ARES online reserve system from the Library homepage or within MyLearningSpace.

For information about course readings, see

Access and Circulation of Print Library Materials

Access to book stacks at the Waterloo campus and Kitchener Faculty of Social Work libraries is open including browsing and direct borrowing. Users can request items for pick up at the Waterloo campus library (main service desk) or Faculty of Social Work library (user services desk). Brantford Public Library will provide borrowing services for Laurier Brantford users.

Additional service details
  • Omni and interlibrary loan (ILL) requests will be available for pick up at the service desk at the Waterloo campus library, the Kitchener Faculty of Social Work library, and the Brantford Public Library
  • Access to materials from the fourth floor ensemble room (scores and videos) will be available by request to be picked up from the main floor service desk
  • For users who are not able to come to campus, the Library will continue to offer a direct to home mail service (Mail on Demand, see below)
Omni Service Enhancements (Scan on Demand, Mail on Demand)

The Library offers several innovative services developed to improve user access to our physical collections.

Scan on Demand: Users can request scans of print book chapters or single journal articles held at the Laurier Library Waterloo campus. Scanned items will be delivered via email. For more details, visit the Scan on Demand service page.

Mail on Demand: Users can request books and other print items from Laurier and all partner Libraries through Omni for delivery by mail. The Library will mail your requested items to you with return postage included. For instructions on how to use it, visit the Mail on Demand service page.

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections is open for research appointments only from Mondays to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Robert Langen Art Gallery

The Robert Langen Art Gallery and in-building exhibitions are currently open and available to Laurier faculty, staff, and students, and community members, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (and Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.

The Library and the Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) are pleased to present the “Take Only What You Need” exhibition by a renowned Indigenous artist Christi Belcourt. More information on exhibits past and present.

Please email with any questions.

Library Makerspace

The physical Library Makerspace is now open to all students, faculty and staff Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No appointments are necessary and there is no room capacity limit

Online/Virtual Services

Ask Us Virtual Chat Service

The virtual research support service Ask Us will continue to be available for Laurier users during the virtual chat service hours

Subject Liaison Librarian Support

Support for Accessibility/Students with Disabilities

The Library provides a number of targeted services to support students registered with Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) to remove barriers, and allow opportunities for equal participation for study spaces and accessing resources and services.

For more information, check out the Library’s new Accessibility Hub.

Notice of Disruptions

Service disruptions