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, staff, and alumni. 

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 and in exterior slot on Library Road. Please note because of book handling procedures, returned materials will remain on your Omni account for 3 days. 

Overdue fines were not charged during the library's pandemic closure, and are not being charged now that we are partially open.

If a book has been recalled from you, please return it as soon as possible or contact us for other return options.

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 open and able to fulfill requests for materials. Please submit all requests on your RACER account. 


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. 

Microfiche & Microfilm 

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

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, mailing service and scan on demand. 

Content last reviewed: May 11, 2021