Food and Drink in the Library

We provide inviting places for study and research, while protecting collections, equipment, and furnishings for all users. You are welcome to enjoy snacks and covered drinks, except in designated areas that house special print collections or computer equipment. Where no food or drink is allowed, or where only covered drinks are permitted, there are signs posted. 

Greening The Library

In the spirit of sustainability and environmental consciousness, Queen's University Library has been making an effort to reduce our impact on the natural environment while maintaining a welcoming and comfortable environment your Library.

Our green initiatives include:

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements: Direct Borrowing from Non-Queen's Libraries

Borrowing from University Libraries in Ontario

Please fill out the IUBP Online Application Form

All Queen's students and faculty can apply for borrowing privileges at other Ontario universities, under the terms of the "Inter University Borrowing Program" (IUBP) sponsored by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The one exception is the University of Toronto, which restricts the inter-university borrowing privilege to faculty and graduate students only and charges a fee for library privileges. 

Borrowing for Alumni & Community Members

The Library's mission is to support the teaching and research programs of Queen's University. While the Library's first concern is to provide collections and services to Queen's students, faculty and staff, alumni and local area residents and visitors are welcome to come into the libraries at Queen's and use the facilities.

Library Access 

The libraries at Queen's are open to members of the public. Researchers and visitors are welcome to visit any campus library to consult and make use of:

  • the print and microform collections 

View Your Library Fines

Queen's Students

  • MyQueensU
    View outstanding library fines and fees in SOLUS

Paying Fines

In order to register for courses, to graduate, or to request transcripts, your Library patron record must be totally clear. For this reason, we strongly urge you to return any overdue materials and/or pay any outstanding Library fines or fees before you leave Kingston for term breaks and, especially, for the summer months.

General Information about Public Performance Rights for Films

Playing a film without permission

Section 29.5(d) of the Copyright Act permits an educational institution or a person acting under its authority to perform in public an audiovisual work on the premises of the University for educational or training purposes before an audience consisting primarily of students, instructors, or any person who is directly responsible for setting curriculum. The audiovisual work must either not be an infringing copy or the person responsible for the performance must have no reasonable grounds to believe that it is an infringing copy.

General Information about SOCAN & Re:Sound Fees

These materials are adapted from materials developed and owned by The University of British Columbia (the “UBC Materials”), and are used with consent of The University of British Columbia (“UBC”). They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. UBC takes no responsibility or liability for any use of these materials, or the UBC Materials, including any changes or modifications made to the UBC Materials.

Fair Dealing Evaluator

The Fair Dealing Evaluator is a resource for researchers and graduate students who would like to learn how to apply fair dealing to the material they are using in publications and theses. 

This resource is not designed to replace the guidelines outlined in the Queen's Fair Dealing Policy.

Service Philosophy

Queen’s University Library is a welcoming, inclusive environment that provides an exceptional student learning experience and facilitates research excellence. Every member of our staff is an ambassador for the library and committed to collaborating with every individual within our global community: student, staff or faculty member, alumnus and friend.

We will: