Library services for winter

Thursday, November 18, 2021

As the University of Waterloo transitions fully back to campus this winter, the Library is committed to being a supportive and equitable partner to all library users in their learning and research.

Library spaces 

COVID-19 library updateDavis Centre and Dana Porter libraries will be open to all library users starting January 4 with expanded hours to provide study space, access to book stacks, drop-in access to computers and printers, book pick-up services and IST help desk support. Special Collections & Archives and the Geospatial Centre will be accessible, preferably by appointment but drop-ins are welcome.  

Musagetes Architecture Library will be open starting January 4 to provide drop-in study space, access to book stacks, reference services and book pickup. Further details and updates on additional library locations will be available on our COVID-19 web page as we get closer to winter term.  

Masks must be worn when entering library spaces and sanitation supplies will be available to ensure cleanliness to study spaces.  

Access to collections  

Waterloo will be discontinuing access to HathiTrust ETAS as of December 31, 2021. Library users will have access to physical collections at all library locations.  

Book pickup and mailing services will continue, including extended access to resources through our partnership with 15 university libraries across Ontario. Use Omni, our catalogue, to search through over 23.5 million items for the resources you need. 

Beyond physical books and journals, library users will continue to have virtual access to many other resources to support learning, research and instruction.  

Librarian and reference support 

Circulation and library help desks will be open at all library locations for in-person support during open hours. Our virtual Ask us reference service will continue to be available through email and chat.

Online research guides are available to get library users started with their research using key resources recommended by librarians. Librarian consultations will be available by appointment or drop-in queries. 


Library services may continue to adapt as public health guidelines change. For full details on current service offerings and building hours, please visit our COVID-19 updates web page

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