Updates - UVic Libraries Response to COVID-19

last updated October 26, 2020, 4:55 PM

This is where you can find updates and changes to library services as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Study space in BiblioCafé open on Sundays, beginning November 1st

October 26, 2020

Beginning this Sunday, November 1, the study spaces in BiblioCafé will be open on Sundays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. The space will be closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for cleaning.

Learn how to book a space for this coming Sunday.

Additional study spaces to open in Mearns Centre-McPherson Library

October 8, 2020

Beginning tomorrow, one hundred and nineteen bookable individual study spaces will be available on the Main Floor and Lower Levels of the Mearns Centre-McPherson Library. These include:

  • 74 study desks
  • 36 computer workstations
  • 7 individual-use rooms for students who need to attend an online class while they are on campus
  • 2 adaptive technology rooms for individual student use of accessibility software

Please note that there will be no access to other floors of the library.

Learn more about the new study spaces or how to book a study space.


September 30 due date returns and renewals

October 2, 2020

If you recently returned library books due on September 30th: thank you! We are currently working through the backlog of returned items to remove them from your account. Please note that if you returned an item on September 30th, it may still appear as checked out to you in My Library Account, as items have to be quarantined for 72 hours before we can safely handle them. You will not be incurring fines as we work to discharge these items.

If you find you are unable to renew items because your account is blocked due to an overdue status from these recently returned items, please feel free to email us at . Similarly, there are no fines pending on these items.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be working through the returned items and catching up with your renewal requests. Thank you for your patience!

Laptops and AV equipment now available

September 29, 2020

UVic students can borrow laptops and other AV equipment. Items must be booked in advance and picked up and returned to the main entrance of the Mearns Centre for Learning— McPherson library, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00 pm.

Expanded hours for BiblioCafé study space and ReQuest pickup starting September 14th

September 10, 2020

Beginning Monday, September 14th, the BiblioCafé study space hours will expand to Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 9:00pm. ReQuest pickup hours will expand to Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

BiblioCafé study space hours for the beginning of the semester

September 7, 2020

Due to limited staffing resources, the hours for the BiblioCafé study space will remain Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm for the beginning of the semester. We hope to confirm a start date for the expanded hours soon. Thank you for your patience and please check back for updates!

Expanded study spaces for Fall

September 4, 2020

The Libraries will be offering a total of eighty-four individual study spaces for the Fall semester. There will be forty-two study spaces available at the Law Library beginning September 8th, including six computer workstations. In addition, the study spaces at BiblioCafé will offer extended hours, from 8am to 9pm, beginning on September 9th.

Learn more about how to book a study space and read our safety guidelines.

Library services for the Fall 2020 semester

August 28, 2020

See a listing of our adjusted services for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have any questions, please get in touch at askus@uvic.ca.

Virtual services

Many of our services are available online, including online workshops, remote research consultations, and more. We’re here to help you navigate this semester - contact us at askus@uvic.ca.

We have also expanded our online collections, including e-books and streaming movie services. Check out our Research Anywhere guide to help you get started with your remote research.

Access to library buildings

For the most part, all library buildings will be closed until further notice.

We are offering a limited number of individual study spaces, which can be booked up to 3 days in advance.

At this time, donations of print and archival materials continue to be suspended. Please do not bring donations of gifts-in-kind to UVic Libraries or other campus locations.

Borrowing library materials

Beginning September 8, 2020, we are expanding our print pickup service to anyone with a valid UVic library card, including borrowers from other universities, Community Card, and Alumni OneCard holders.

On September 8th, book loans for all borrowers will return to normal loan due dates

Items currently on your account that are due on September 30th will need to be returned to the library, or renewed through your Library Account. You may also return library materials to the Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library.

  • Books (including Law and interlibrary loan books from other libraries) may be returned to the book chute at the entrance to Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library.
  • Oversize materials, equipment, and non-print items (e.g. CDs, DVDs, kits) can be returned to the Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library lobby, Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm.

Fines will continue to be suspended until December 31, 2020. Please contact the Loan Desk (loandesk@uvic.ca | 250-721-8230) with any questions.

Remote printing services

We are offering a print job pickup service for current UVic students, faculty and staff. Print jobs sent to library print queues can be picked up at the Mearns Centre for Learning— McPherson library, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.