Library Services and Policies: Fall 2021


[Updated: September 7th, 2021]

Health and Safety Measures
  • All library users must complete a daily COVID-19 screening and submit their mandatory vaccine passport before accessing the library.
  • Masks are required at all times when in the library, including when you are seated at a study space.
  • No food or eating is allowed in the library. Beverages with a lid are permitted.
  • The library will only be accepting debit and credit payments, cash will not be accepted. You are encouraged to load your printing credits online through your PaperCut account
  • High touch services and areas will be cleaned regularly, in coordination with Physical Plant.
Access to Physical Library Collections
  • The physical collection is available for browsing and borrowing at all Lakehead Library locations. Please see the hours of operation for our libraries.
  • Requests for physical items can be placed for items in our circulating collections. When you request an item, library staff will retrieve it for you and place it on our holds shelf. You will receive an email when your item is available for pickup from the holds shelf.
  • Lakehead University is an Omni library, meaning that LU staff, students and faculty can directly request physical items located at 15 other Ontario University Libraries. To search items from other Libraries, please select “Lakehead Library + Omni Libraries” for your search. 
  • Under fair dealing guidelines, the library can scan up to one chapter of a physical item for you. This is called a digitization request. More information on how to place a digitization request can be found on our Library Guide
  • You can request articles and chapters not available at Lakehead Library through our RACER Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Please note that the law library is restricted to current staff/students/faculty.
Returning Library Items
  • Returns can be made at Lakehead Library locations during their hours of operation. 
Study Spaces
  • Lakehead University Library provides a variety of study spaces across our campus libraries. 
  • Study spaces will be available on a first come first served basis
  • Please respect physical distancing by not moving furniture. 
  • Need a quiet place to take a test or exam? Book a test-taking space.
Computers and Printing
  • Computers for students, staff and faculty are available at Harvie Legacy Library and Chancellor Paterson Library
  • Chancellor Paterson Library has limited public-access computers which can be used by community members. These are available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Printing is available at all Lakehead Library locations.
  • Login to your Papercut account to add funds to your account. Payment by debit or credit can also be accepted at the Library Access Services Desks.
Course Reserves
  • The library’s course reserve service aims to foster student learning by removing financial barriers to course readings.
  • Faculty and instructors are encouraged to connect with their liaison librarian about developing a course reading list that can be made available through the library’s collection or openly licenced alternatives, such as Open Educational Resources
  • In Fall 2021, the library is launching a new reading list tool called myReadings. myReadings integrates with the D2L learning management system and the library collection, streamlining the process for creating interactive and up-to-date reading lists. Learn more about myReadings by visiting our Guide. 
  • To request assistance setting up myReadings, please submit your reading list to the library using our [course reserve request form]. 
  • To encourage equitable access to course readings, the library will only be supporting electronic reading lists. Physical reserves remain unavailable at this time.