Welcoming you back

Last updated on July 26, 2021.

Western Libraries has two plans in preparation for reopening our locations starting in August and preparing for a safe return to campus this fall: one reflects our services as Step Three of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen is ongoing and the second plan outlines what happens as the province lifts health and safety measures.

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Reopening in Step 3

With Step Three of Ontario’s Reopening Plan, Western Libraries is introducing a phased approach to reopening library locations on campus.

We continue to offer a broad range of online resources and support to Western students, faculty, and staff, including digital delivery, online databases, e-books, and other digital materials that you can access remotely.

No-contact pickup remains available at Weldon Library, although the location of the service may change to accommodate construction needs as part of the Weldon Revitalization Project. Updates to service locations will be shared as available.

For questions about Western Libraries, connect with us on chat or email library@uwo.ca.

Taylor Library

Starting Monday, August 9, the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library reopens following capacity and distancing guidelines in the province’s reopening plan:

  • Book your study seat or computer online to reserve an individual space for you. Group seating is not available.
  • All visitors must complete the return-to-campus questionnaire before coming to the library.
  • Three-ply, non-medical face masks are required indoors.
  • No food is permitted in the library; lidded beverages welcome.
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained between all visitors.

Visit the Taylor Library Hours webpage for opening hours.

Weldon Library

The D.B. Weldon Library remains closed to general visitors due to ongoing construction as part of the Weldon Revitalization Project. Appointments to access archival materials, special collections, and maps begins August 10, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Email to request an appointment, providing 48 hours’ notice of your preferred appointment day/time.

Appointment-based access to Weldon stacks will begin in September.

Professional Libraries

  • Business Library

    The C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library (Business) reopens Tuesday, September 7, with Monday to Friday hours.

  • Law Library

    The John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library reopens Monday, August 30, with Monday to Friday hours.

  • Music Library

    The Music Library reopens Tuesday, September 7, with Monday to Friday hours.

  • The Education Resource Centre, located in the John George Althouse Building, will reopen on Tuesday, September 7.

Research Support

Available collections

Western Libraries

Taylor Library reopens August 9 plus regular-loan print materials can be arranged via no-contact pickup and many items are available for digital delivery. Interlibrary Loan is also available for materials requests.

If you require access to a collection not available for digital delivery or no-contact pickup, or if we don’t have an item you’re looking for, please email library@uwo.ca.

Archives and Special Collections

Appointments to access archival materials, special collections, and maps begins August 10, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Email to request an appointment, providing 48 hours’ notice of your preferred appointment day/time.

Electronic collections

We have enhanced our electronic collections to support your teaching, learning, and research needs.

Digital delivery

All Western University and Affiliated University College faculty, students, and staff can now request portions of eligible physical library materials to be delivered in PDF form by email as allowable under existing copyright laws and fair dealing guidelines.

Read more about our Digital Delivery

Accessing course readings

Some professors integrate our course readings service with your OWL course site. Login to the service from our website or check your OWL course site to access Course Readings.

Returning library materials

If you have outstanding loans, a recalled item, or if you have materials checked out that you no longer require, you can return them to the D.B. Weldon Library (Weldon) returns bin located to the right of the main entrance. Please continue to follow good hygiene practices as the handle is not regularly sanitized.

If you’re unable to come to campus to return items on loan, please email us to explore other options.

Browsing collections virtually

There are many ways to search and browse the collection via Omni, our library search tool. To simulate a shelf-browsing experience, simply select “BROWSE” from the menu at the top of the Omni interface and browse by various options, including call number, author, and subject. You can scroll forward and back through the virtual shelf.

You can also browse within specific item records by using the “Find similar items” feature.

For help using Omni, check out our research guide Omni Academic Search Tool or contact us.

COVID-19 Resources

Course Support

Course readings

Our Course Readings service is here to support you as you prepare your syllabus readings for fall term.

We will:

  • Scan and upload book chapters and articles
  • Place materials on short-term loan
  • Purchase new items for the libraries
  • Create reliable links to online resources
  • Assist with copyright compliance and pay clearance fees
  • Help integrate your Course Readings into OWL
  • Support your students’ accessibility needs

To get started, add the Course Readings plugin to your OWL site or send us your syllabus. Requests are processed in the order received. Course Readings material can be placed for 1-day loan at Taylor Library or 2-hour loan at the Music, Business, or Law Libraries. Loans cannot be arranged for Weldon at this time.

For more information, visit our Course Readings section or contact coursereadings@uwo.ca.

For tips on how to find online course materials check out our guide, Find Online Course Materials.

Copyright

If you have any copyright related questions connected to your online course content, please contact copyright@uwo.ca.

Teaching support

For instructors preparing online courses, we’ve curated a list of how-to videos you can add to your OWL courses.

The Teaching and Learning team is available to provide library instruction to your students. Contact us to discuss instruction options in a virtual or blended environment. We can help you assemble key resources, integrate digital library materials into online courses or assignments, and develop content that will enhance student learning.

Questions?

Please email library@uwo.ca for questions about Western Libraries services.

For questions regarding the university’s COVID-19 policies, updates, and procedures, visit uwo.ca/coronavirus/.

Exiting Step 3

The following reopening plan assumes that Ontario has moved out of Step Three provincial health and safety restrictions. Please note that library services and safety protocols are subject to change according to public health and Western University guidelines.

  1. Vaccinations

    The campus community is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. An on-campus vaccination centre is planned for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  2. Masks

    Three-layer non-medical masks are required while indoors at Western Libraries.

  3. Health screening

    Everyone coming to campus must complete the Return to Campus questionnaire daily.

  4. Physical distancing

    Physical distancing is encouraged whenever possible as we all adjust to being together on campus.

  5. Cleaning and sanitation

    Continued, enhanced efforts focused on washrooms and high-traffic areas. Sanitation stations (including hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes) are available across Western Libraries.

  6. Building ventilation

    Extra steps, such as improving air flow, are being taken to ensure ventilation systems across Western buildings are maintained and optimized to maximize health and safety.

  7. Building capacity

    With Weldon Library closed until the end of November for construction, you may notice our other locations are busier than usual. We’re monitoring seating and working with Western to identify more study space during midterms and exams.

  8. Food and drink

    To provide the most hygienic spaces possible, no food is permitted in libraries; lidded beverages welcome.

  9. Weldon Library

    Weldon, including the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC), remains closed for construction until the end of November. Please visit one of our other library locations for study space, printing, computer access, and other library resources. You can also read the latest update on construction on the Weldon Revitalization website.

  10. Weldon Collections Access

    No-contact pickup continues to be available at Weldon Library, although the location of the service may change. We will share updates as available. Starting in September, appointments can be scheduled to access Weldon general collections stacks.

    Appointments to access archival materials, special collections, and maps begin August 10 and are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Email to request an appointment, providing 48 hours’ notice of your preferred appointment day/time.

  11. Taylor Library

    Reopens Monday, August 9, with Monday to Friday hours. Weekend hours resume September 18.

  12. Business Library

    Reopens Tuesday, September 7, with Monday to Friday hours. Weekend hours resume October 12.

  13. Education Resource Centre

    Reopens Tuesday, September 7, with Monday to Friday hours.

  14. Law Library

    Reopens Monday, August 30, with Monday to Friday hours. Weekend hours resume October 12.

  15. Music Library

    Reopens Tuesday, September 7, with Monday to Friday hours. Weekend hours resume October 12.

Questions?

Email library@uwo.ca for additional Western Libraries support.

For questions about Western University’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, visit uwo.ca/coronavirus/.