COVID-19 Updates & Changes to Library Services

Updated: November 23 (link to hours instead of listing hours, in advance of extended hours during exam period); November 16, 2020 (Archives & Special Collections accepting appointments for contactless access; Carleton Research Data Centre now open)

The Library's online resources remain accessible, and research support is still available online.

Visiting the Library

Level 2, the ground level, is open weekdays to currently enrolled Carleton students, and current Carleton faculty, instructors, and staff for limited hours with limited staff. This is the next stage in our reopening plan and has been guided by public health.

Before you come in, find out what you need to know about visiting the building. As of October 14, you must complete a COVID-19 screening form before entering the library.

Accessing Library Resources

See full information about accessing physical items in the library.

Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery of Print Collection

Carleton University Library is now offering curbside pick-up and mail delivery for our print collection while the library facility is closed. This service is guided by public health recommendations and the province's essential services order. Eligible items in the first phase are those that are in our collection and not available from HathiTrust Temporary Access Service (HTAS) and online (eBook).

Some of our non-print collections (e.g. DVDs, games) are included in this service, although certain items are not available for mail delivery. See Accessing Physical Items, Other Physical Marterials for details.

Accessing Library Services

Archives and Special Collections (including Ottawa Resource Collection)

  • Archives & Special Collections is currently accepting appointments from students, faculty and staff for contactless access to its collections.
  • All general inquiries and reference questions concerning Archives & Special Collections should be sent via email to:

Course Reserves

  • The reserves desk is closed. Faculty and staff who need material for the current and upcoming terms should contact Students should check Ares for material and contact staff with any questions.

GIS Software and Workstations

Graduate Study Spaces

  • Graduate Study Spaces will not be offered in Fall 2020.
  • Due to the closure of the Library, return of keys for graduate study rooms from 2019/20 will be postponed to a later date. No fines will be incurred.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Interlibrary Loans is open for electronic materials only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to

Library Service Desk

  • As of August 24, the Library Service Desk is open for directional information only
  • For questions regarding renewals, library accounts, holds, and returning material please email
  • There is a complete suspension of late fees right now.

New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre

Research Support

If you need research support assistance please contact us one of the following ways:

See hours of service. For self-service, see our how-to guides, subject guides, and course guides.

Room booking

  • Group study rooms are not available for booking. These rooms are now for individual use only on a first come, first served basis.
  • Classrooms and meeting rooms in the library are not available for booking.

Transcription Services

Other Services in the Library

Centre for Student Academic Support (e.g. Writing Services)

The Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) is providing their services remotely.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is currently closed.

PageBreak (Starbucks)

Pagebreak is currently closed.

Printing and Photocopying (CU on the GO)

The CU on the GO machines (printers/copiers/scanners) are available for use.

Carleton Branch of COOL Research Data Centre

The Carleton RDC is now open by appointment on the first floor.

Further Resources

COVID-19: Carleton University's Coronovirus Information (with links to municipal, provincial, federal, and international information)

COVID-19 Subject Guide

Content last reviewed: November 23, 2020