While our building remains closed, we can support you online. Learn about our new curbside pick-up and mail delivery service.

Phased Reopening of Library Services

We have been working hard to develop a multi-phase plan to guide how we will move forward during this time. The details of Phase 1 and 2 are listed below. We will post the details of subsequent phases on this page at a later date.

Phase 1: Beginning Monday, June 22, 2020

Three ways for the campus community to get access to physical library materials:

  1. Curbside pickup
  2. Mail delivery (via Canada Post)
  3. Email of scanned material

1. Limited curbside pickup during designated hours

During Phase 1, curbside pickup is available to current students, faculty, and staff within a 30-kilometre radius from the University. This includes Guelph, Puslinch, Elora, Fergus, Rockwood, Erin, and the rural areas in between.

At this time, we are not offering curbside pickup for people outside of this zone. We are trying to limit travel from areas outside our local community, acting in accordance with public health guidelines and the Government of Canada who encourage staying home as much as possible. In later phases, we expect this radius to be expanded.

Please note: 

  • Curbside pickup is not available for materials in the Course Reserve collection.
  • We are not able to offer interlibrary loans at this time, including materials from Guelph-Humber, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • There will be no access to our buildings to anyone other than limited necessary library staff.
Designated hours for curbside pickup
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon 
  • Once your request has been received and your items have been pulled, you will receive an email with a link to choose a curbside pickup time. Please be patient as this email could take up to 3-4 days.

How to request library books

Request books online via Omni.

  • If you live within the 30-km zone described above, you will receive an email with a link to choose a curbside pickup time once your items have been pulled. 
  • If you live outside the 30-km zone, your books will be mailed to you. Please see below for details.

2. Mail delivery via Canada Post

We will offer delivery by mail for current students, faculty, and staff who live outside of this 30-kilometre zone, and for those who are unable to come to the University. The library will pay the cost of shipping items to you. The cost of return postage (for those who cannot return their books in-person to the library in the fall) will be the responsibility of the borrower.

Please note:

  • Mail delivery is not available for materials in the Course Reserve collection.
  • We are not able to offer interlibrary loans at this time, including materials from Guelph-Humber, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
How to request library books

Request books online via Omni.

  • If you live outside the zone described above, your books will be mailed to you. You will receive an email to confirm the mailing address we have on file for you.

3. Email of Scanned Materials

Some material from our print collection can be scanned and emailed to you, including:

Archival and special collections
  • Scanning services is available to current students and faculty in support of research, teaching, and learning at U of G.
  • Search the archival and special collections in Omni. Look for "U of G Location" on the lefthand menu in Omni to limit your search to "Archival & Special Collections."
  • Request a reproduction from our collections.
General collections:
  • Items on microforms (microfilm, microfiche, microcard)
  • U of G theses and dissertations that are not available in the Atrium
  • Articles from print periodicals that are available in the McLaughlin Library or the Annex.
  • Search for items in Omni. Request these items through the RACER form

Please note:

  • Scanning is not available for materials in the Course Reserve collection.

Course Reserves

We are currently accepting submissions of course reserve materials for the fall 2020 semester. Login to Ares, the library’s course reserve system, to place items on reserve.

Returning books & other library items

Access to the McLaughlin Library loading dock is available via the laneway entrace off of Gordon Street

  • You may return library books from University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University or interlibrary loan.
  • A temporary return bin is on the library's loading dock. Access to the loading dock is off Gordon Street at the rear of the library
  • Please note that the book return bin is not wheelchair accessible. Patrons who require assistance can contact library@uoguelph.ca.
  • For your safety and the safety of library staff, returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours. Library staff will be handling material using gloves and masks. Please wait 4 days before contacting the library with any concerns related to returned items.
  • You can renew library books online.

Phase 2: timing to be determined

Everything that is available in Phase 1 is available in Phase 2, with the addition of providing access to the Branch Research Data Centre (BRDC).

Questions?

Email us at library@uoguelph.ca.