Accessing Physical Items

General Collection

The print collection is only available through curbside pickup and mailing service and HathiTrust Temporary Access Service. The library stacks are closed and there is no in-person access to the physical collections in the building. Presently, the curbside and mailing service is only available for current Carleton students, faculty, and staff. 

Login to your library account to find out what you have borrowed, due dates, and to renew your materials. 

We are accepting returns. Book drops are accessible in the foyer, by the tunnel entrance, and in exterior slot on Library Road. Please note because of book handling procedures, returned materials will remain on your Omni account for 96 hours.

Overdue fines were not charged during the library's pandemic closure, and are not being charged now that we are partially open. We are not currently accepting fine payment at the library service desk. 

Other Physical Materials

Archives and Special Collections 

For more information on access to our Archives and Special collections, please email 

Course Reserves 

The physical course reserves collection is closed. Instructors and students can access course materials electronically through Ares


DVDs are available through the curbside pickup and mailing service. 

Emerging Technology Collection

Our Emerging Technology Collection is available for curbside pickup only.


Video games are available through the curbside pickup and mailing service. 

Board games are available for curbside pickup only. 

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan is currently suspended for all physical books. We are continuing to fulfill interlibrary loan (RACER) requests for articles if we can find digital copies. Please expect significant delays. 


Submit a request for map scanning or contact for additional support using the maps and cartographic collections.  

Music CDs

Music CDs are available through the curbside pickup and mailing service. 


Available on Floor 2 of the library building. Please see Library Service desk for staff assistance. 

Ottawa Resource Collection

For more information on access to our Ottawa Resource Collection, please email 

Storage Facility 

Material in our storage facility is available through the curbside pickup and mailing service. 

Content last reviewed: September 10, 2020