We’re now ready for a limited reopening

(Updated October 14, 2020)

As of August 24, Level 2, the ground level, will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with limited staff. This is the next stage in our reopening plan and has been guided by public health.

There are a number of precautions we are taking to keep the Library environment safe for our community at this time. Take a look through some of the changes happening in the building before visiting. In addition to these, here's what you can expect:

  • Only currently enrolled Carleton students, and current Carleton faculty, instructors and staff will be permitted to access the library building.
  • Entering and exiting the library will be from the Level 2, main entrance only.
  • Anyone wanting to enter the building will need to have their student/staff ID card available and complete an online COVID-19 screening form.
  • No more than 100 people will be able to visit Level 2 at any given time.
  • Wearing a mask will be required, as per Carleton's Covid-19 Mask Policy (pdf).
  • Only Level 2 is opening as a study space. All other levels remain closed to visitors.
  • Library stacks remain closed. The print collection is available through curbside pickup and mailing service and HathiTrust Temporary Access Service.
  • All other services and materials are available through our website.
  • Returns of borrowed library materials will continue to be to one of the three returns bins (Library Road, Tunnel, Level 2 main entrance).
  • Seating will be physically distanced, and cleaning supplies available for people to use.
  • Group rooms will not be available for booking. Instead, these rooms will be for individual use only on a first come, first served basis.
  • A limited number of computer workstations will be accessible on a first come, first served basis.
  • Bloomberg terminals are not accessible in person. See Access Bloomberg off campus.
  • Access to the New Sun Joy MacLaren Centre is by appointment only.
  • PageBreak (Starbucks) remains closed.

Planning for further expansion of re-opening or on-site services is on hold due to the province introducing modified Stage 2 restrictions for the city of Ottawa. More information will be added here as it becomes available.