Anticipated Summer Hours and Services

Post Date:
Apr 30, 2021

While all library spaces and services must comply with provincial orders, we know that many of our users are interested in hearing about what summer will look like at the library. For this reason we would like to share our plans for summer library services, provided they are possible under provincial restrictions. 

Beginning as soon as June 2, we hope to offer bookable study spaces in Stauffer Library 

  • Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm 

  • Friday and Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm 

Space in the Education Library will not be offered because of a planned improvement to the entrance and anticipated lower demand. 

  • Curbside pickup will be available at Stauffer Library: 

  •  Tuesday to Thursday: 9 am  8 pm  

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm  

We will update our website as soon as we have more information to share. We also have exciting plans in the works to offer outdoor study space. More to come! 

Here's what to expect from us:  

  • Bookable study spaces: Students will be able to reserve an individual study seat in Stauffer Library. 

  • The Adaptive Technology Centre and Queen’s Research Data Center will be open. 

  • Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections will be providing online reference and scanning services. We anticipate returning to access by appointments in July. 

  • You will need to bring your own laptop, as library computers and equipment, including printers and scanners are not available for use at this time. 

  • Online resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) continue to be available to support the university's academic and research mission.  

  • Access to materials from our print collections continues to be available via our curbside pickup, scanning service and HathiTrust.   

  • Reference and instruction services will continue to be provided remotely.  


Online resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) continue to be available to support the university's academic and research mission. Consult the library’s website, subject guides and off-campus access instructions for more information. 

Curbside pickup  

Access to materials from our print collections is available to all current Queen’s students, faculty, and staff using the Request feature in our Omni search tool.   

Materials will be retrieved on a first-come, first-serve basis, and users will be notified by email when their item(s) are available for pickup at Stauffer Library.  

Please see our curbside access instructions on how to complete these requests.    

Important note: Items available electronically through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service are not eligible for the library's curbide pickup service, as per the agreement terms with HathiTrust.  

Scanning service for print collections  

Use our scanning service  for a single book chapter or journal article or similar fair dealing amount.  


The library is a member of HathiTrust   and has activated the HT Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) for current faculty, students and staff.  

Course reserves  

The library’s eReserves service is being used to support online course readings. We will continue to fill eReserve requests throughout the term.  

Faculty: Please see our eReserves for faculty and OnQ eReserves page for instructions on how to request electronic course readings for courses that will be delivered remotely this fall.    

Students: Please see our eReserves for students page for instructions on retrieving course reserves for your online courses.  

Archives and Special Collections  

Archives and Special Collections is providing online reference and scanning services. Please contact us via email at or Due to limited resources, we cannot conduct detailed research for you and responses may be delayed. However, we can tell you whether we hold records that are relevant to your enquiry or advise you of possible alternative sources. We anticipate returning to access by appointments in July. 

Research Consultations  

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to use ourAsk Us service or contact subject librarians, archivists and rare books & special collections staff with your research and learning questions.  


The library will be offering instruction remotely. Please contact your liaison librarian, archivists, or special collections staff to make arrangements.  


Please continue to monitor our COVID-19 Updates to Library Services and Operations page to stay informed about services and spaces that are available to use.  

If you don’t see an answer to your question, please Ask Us 


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