COVID-19 Update – May 2, 2022

The health and safety of the campus community, including staff and library users, is Western Libraries’ top priority.

To enter a Western Libraries location, you must:

  1. Comply with Western’s vaccination policy.
  2. Complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment and be approved to come to campus.
  3. Wear an ASTM Level 3 mask at all times inside any Western Libraries location.

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Masking and eating

All library users must wear medical grade (ASTM Level 3) masks to enter a location. Cloth masks are not a substitute. Visitors can pick up a medical grade mask from any library location.

Eating is not permitted inside Western Libraries; lidded beverages are allowed, with mask removal only while actively drinking.

Individuals who do not comply with these rules will be asked to leave the building immediately.

Archives and Special Collections access

All members of the general public are welcome to visit the Archives and Research Collections Centre. Staff may ask for proof of vaccination.

Eating and drinking are not permitted. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is needed to request materials.

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Appointments are required to visit the map collection, and available Tuesday-Thursday from noon - 2 p.m. Email to request an appointment. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is needed to request materials and to confirm your appointment day/time.

Remote and digital resources

Digital delivery of portions of eligible library materials can be emailed in a PDF to Western and Affiliated University College students, faculty, and staff.

We continue to offer a broad range of online resources, including online databases and e-books that you can access remotely.

You can also reach out for assistance through our Ask a Librarian online chat.

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For questions regarding the University’s COVID-19 policies, updates, and procedures, visit