Updates - UVic Libraries Response to COVID-19

last updated September 10, 2020, 5:07 PM

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


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, 9am - 4pm 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.

Borrowing laptops and AV equipment


Starting in the Fall, UVic students and faculty 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 AM to 4 PM. Please check back for an announcement when this service goes live!

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 main entrance of the Mearns Centre for Learning— McPherson library, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 3:30 PM.