Library resumes limited access to print material collections
Update - May 12, 2020
On March 18, 2020, Queen’s University Library closed its physical facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, our online resources have remained available to support the university's academic and research mission. In recognition of the critical role that library resources play in research, including ongoing research into COVID-19, the library has developed a service to provide faculty and graduate researchers with limited access to print collections. A description of the sevice and instructions for submitting requests for print materials are now available on our website, with the first pick-up planned for early next week.
The plan, informed by public health guidelines and developed with staff and user safety as its core priority, provides access to print materials via a ‘curbside pick-up' at Stauffer Library which will be set up to maintain physical distancing. Principal investigators and faculty members will request access to print materials by submitting a written request following a consultation with a librarian to review their information need. Approval of requests will be made by the relevant Dean or delegate based on research priorities established to ensure on-site research activities are carried out safely.
This will be the first re-introduction of physical library service, albeit limited, and has been developed in alignment with the process required for those requesting to resume on-site research. The library will continue to work with university leadership and public health officials to review the potential for additional services adjustments, as evolving public health guidelines allow.