Library Updates During COVID 19

For information relating to symptoms, spread, how to protect yourself and your family, self-monitoring, self-isolation or other information relating to COVID-19, please refer directly to the information provided by Algoma Public Health.

This document will be updated as the situation evolves. Last updated: 3:00 PM, September 9, 2020.

COVID19 Library FAQ

We are encouraging students to start to return checked out materials. For your convenience, the book dropbox will continue to be located at Door Z (by security). You may also return books in person to the library.

Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being processed. Please do not be alarmed if you do not see them removed from your account right away.

Fines will not be accrued until 30 September 2020. If you are concerned about your account, returning materials, or fines please contact us! We will be happy to find a suitable accommodation for you.

If you have completed your coursework or will not be returning to Algoma, the Library will enable you to return items to us by mail at our cost. Please contact us!

Wishart Library is open as of 9 September 2020, for individual study. Only the Mezzanine, computers, printers and upper level study space are available. The quiet floor and book stacks remain closed. Staff will be available for in person book retrievals.

The archive is open by appointment only. To make an appointment please email the Archives Department.

Research help is available!

Start at the library homepage. All of the links from the catalogue search, databases, and research guides lead you through our proxy server, which proves to publishers that you're an AlgomaU community member.

Check out this video on how to Signing in Off Campus

Yes you can! We are currently offering a contactless curb side pick up service. All you need to do is fill out this form. Otherwise you can request book retrievals in person from the Library Services Desk.

You can renew items by logging into your library account using your AlgomaU barcode, selecting the items to be renewed, and clicking Renew items.

If you encounter a problem renewing an item, email our Library Services Team and ask them to renew the item for you. Please include the barcode of the item in your email.

Physical course reserves are not accessible at this time. If you require access to a course reserve item please contact us and we will try to find an alternative for you.

No, we cannot fulfill requests for print items as most other libraries in Ontario have stopped lending print items.

Yes. Complete your order through RACER as you normally would and the article will be emailed to you. There might be a significant delay.

Yes! The archive is accessible by appointment only. Please contact the Archives Department to set up an appointment. All of our collections are described online and many of our materials have been digitized and can be accessed through our website.


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