The library is re-opening its physical space on June 19th, 2020.
Background: The library space in the Learning & Development Centre at UHNBC closed to walk-in traffic for books and study space in Mid-March, but library services didn't stop running. Services such as literature searches, article requests, Skype-based training and orientation sessions, Subject Guide updates (including search alerts for our COVID-19 Research Guide) and library operational projects continued uninterrupted. Print book, onsite computer and study space access did stop and it is these three services that are resuming on June 19th.
Update: The WHS-required Department Risk Assessment for COVID-19 was conducted the first week of June. The library's plan accompanies the UHNBC site-wide COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan (Information about the Safety Plan Process is on OURNH for all staff to access.)
We look forward to seeing many of our library patrons back onsite soon but BEFORE you visit, review what our "new normal" will be:
24/7 with your Swipe Card - Please make sure you have your card when you come and go, there will be no unlocked hours at this time.
Maximum 8 Library Patrons at any time
8am to 4pm
Using the Library
No FOOD is allowed in the library at this time. (Drinks are okay)
Please use the “Printer Properties Dialog” or Copier Options to staple and hole punch (Instructions are posted behind the copier)
Maintain physical distancing of 2m when approaching library staff for help.
Print Books - Like NH Library, almost all healthcare/hospital and academic libraries across Canada closed to walk-in traffic early in the North American outbreak. This has significantly limited ILL access to both print books, and to photocopied chapters from books only available in print.
Articles - Articles in print journals located in other libraries are also limited at this time. Our ILL service system is connected to lenders in healthcare and academic health libraries throughout all of Canada and the United States. Yet, we have still experienced some limitations due to closures.
Please make any requests you need but be aware of the current state. We will notify of you any issues with ILL related to the above.
Eliminating, or reducing, visits to places where people gather for prolonged periods is the best way to prevent exposure.
If you can study or work from home, or request library items in advance and do a quick pick-up, then please do so!
We thank you for your support on minimizing non-essential access to the library facility at this time.
Questions about the physical library space during this time can be sent to to us via email.