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Changes to Library & Learning Services

This page is intended to provide the latest information on available resources and services from the Huron Library.
This page was last updated on September 9th, 2020.

FALL 2020 UPDATE

With our University’s shift to a fully online learning environment for the Fall 2020 term, nearly all services and resources in the Library have moved online. Please consult our various ‘Services’ pages below for more detailed information about how to access LLS when and where you need us most. Visit this site for the most up-to-date information about our resources, services, and programming as we move through the coming academic year.

Beginning September 9th and continuing through until December 22nd, 2020, visits to the Library’s physical facility on campus will be possible for members of the Huron at Western community:

1) who request, in advance, library materials for no contact pick-up; or
2) who have reserved, in advance, an assigned seat for quiet, individual study. 

In order to preserve the health and safety of our University community at this time, only purpose-based visits to the Library, arranged in advance, will be accommodated during the Fall 2020 term. 

Most public spaces in the Library, including the stacks, are now closed and will remain closed for the Fall 2020 term. Entry to the Library for those members of the Huron community who have arranged to pick-up library materials or to study in a designated seat will be required to call LLS staff upon their arrival to campus, to present valid University ID at the Library entrance prior to being granted entry. The entrance to the Library will remain closed, with current students, faculty, and staff who have arranged a visit and who agree to adhere to appropriate physical distancing and campus-wide protocols (e.g., mandatory face masks, self-sanitization of work areas) will be granted entry, at the discretion of LLS staff.

We will continue to revisit and assess our service delivery strategy as we progress through the Fall term, and both welcome and encourage your feedback throughout. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or feedback at: huclibrary@uwo.ca or #519-438-7224 x213.

FACILITY ACCESS, PHYSICAL COLLECTIONS

The library is open for limited hours this term and accessible by appointment only. At this time, general access to print collections is not available. Items are requestable through Omni’s request feature.

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Huron students and faculty have access to a rich collection of online databases, e-books, e-journals, and other digital content to support their teaching and learning, and research and scholarship. Access to these resources are readily available online through our main page.

Western Libraries is working to actively enhance access to digital collections at this time, including working with vendors to remove restrictions on simultaneous use, which will allow more users to access e-books and e-journal content at the same time. In addition, thousands of new e-books are being added to the collection.

RESEARCH, WRITING AND COMMUNICATION, AND COURSE-CONTENT SUPPORT

LLS staff are working remotely and are ready to support students with their coursework, final assignments, and studies. We have shifted all face-to-face consultation services to online modes and are ready to connect with students in the platform of their choice.

As always, immediate help is also available by chat, email, or phone:

RESUMED SERVICES

PAUSED SERVICES

At this time, the following library services, provided on-site and in-person, are unavailable:

  • library’s physical collection of non-circulating (i.e. in-library use only) books, journals, and other materials
  • technology lending (e.g., device chargers, iPads and tablets)
  • collaborative learning spaces and technologies

Q&A

Where can I return materials?

  • You may now return materials to Huron Library, the Huron Info Desk, or any other Western Libraries location.
  • For drive-through drop-off, please use the Education Library returns bin, at the North side of Althouse College. This is an exterior book drop located at the entrance to the Education Library, with easy drive up access for users. Please wear gloves or use some other barrier when touching the returns bin handle, and continue to follow good hygiene practices, as the handle is not being regularly sanitized. Please see the Campus Map here.
  • If you’re unable to come to campus to return items, please contact huclibrary@uwo.ca to explore other options.

What about library fines?

  • We do not charge fines on general loan material. Short-term loan items will receive fines if they are not returned by their due-date. For more information on fines, please click here.

QUESTIONS?

CONTACT HUCLIBRARY@UWO.CA FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING ALL LIBRARY AND LEARNING SERVICES AT HURON.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT HURON’S COVID-19 RESPONSE, VISIT:

COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE