Fall 2021 – Western Libraries Update

Last updated on October 25, 2021.

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

In-person services and resources are available to current Western University students, faculty, and staff only. Visitors and alumni can still access no-contact pickup service.

To visit a Western Libraries location, you must:

  1. Comply with Western’s vaccination policy.
  2. Complete the daily return-to-campus survey and be approved to come to campus.
  3. Wear a three-layer, non-medical face mask at all times inside any Western Libraries location.
  4. Provide your Western ONECard to enter a library location.

In alignment with Western University’s return-to-campus plans, Western Libraries reopens its doors with flexible capacity and physical distancing requirements, pending no significant changes to our health environment or public health restrictions.

What you can expect

Building opening

All six Western Libraries locations are open:

Health and safety

To support physical distancing, we have temporarily removed some library furniture to provide more room between guests.

To promote a healthy environment, we have installed ViRepel, an antimicrobial copper adhesive film that kills bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses, on all public keyboards and MFD controls.

Cleaning supplies for users (sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer) are also readily available.

Forgot your three-ply face mask? Western Libraries will provide one to you.

Food and drink

No food is permitted at any Western Libraries location; lidded beverages are welcome, with mask removal allowed only when actively drinking.

Study space

A limited number of group study rooms at Taylor and Weldon are available for pre-booking. Capacity limits for rooms are clearly posted and strictly enforced. Users can book a study room for two hours per day maximum.

No bookings are required for individual seating or computer access at other library locations — these are first-come, first-served.

Printing, scanning, and photocopying

Printing, scanning, and copying services are available at all Western Libraries locations. We strongly encourage use of cashless options for adding credit to your PaperCut account.

Browsing special collections in-person

Appointments to access archival materials and special collections are available Tuesday through Thursday at 1pm and 3pm. Email to request an appointment. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is needed to request materials and to confirm your appointment day/time.

At this time, only current Western students, faculty and staff can request appointments.

Print and digital requests

Materials can be requested for hold and pick up at any Western Libraries location, via the Omni catalogue.

Digital delivery of portions of eligible library materials can be delivered in PDF form by email to Western and Affiliated University College faculty, students, and staff.

Interlibrary loans have resumed.

Remote access

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.

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

Course readings

Due to construction at Weldon Library, 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. Please email any questions to coursereadings@uwo.ca.

Teaching support

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

For instructors preparing online courses, you can access a list of how-to videos to add to your OWL courses, related to information literacy and conducting research.

Visitor and guest access

At this time, in-person library services are restricted to currently registered Western students, faculty, and staff. This allows us to prioritize the needs of our primary user community.

Eligible visitors and guests can request materials for holds pickup. Visitors and guests do not have access to study space in any Western Libraries location, and after picking up materials, will be asked to depart the library.


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.