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COVID-19: Changes to Library Services

The Beryl Ivey Library is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Beryl Ivey Library Team is still here to help! All services have moved online.

Beginning July 20, we’re offering access to our print collections.  Eligible material can be requested for digital delivery or contactless pickup directly from Omni, our academic search tool.

Current services are detailed below. Get in touch with us by email, phone, or fill in our call-back form below. 


Access Collections

Contactless Pickup

No-contact pickup of regular loan items will be available as of July 20 for all Brescia, Western, and Affiliated University College faculty, students, and staff. 

Print material may be requested through Omni. Requests may be picked up from the Beryl Ivey Library, Brescia University College. You may also choose to pick them up at the D. B. Weldon Library at Western University.

You will receive an email with instructions for picking up your item(s) within seven days of placing your request. Please wait until you receive this email to come to campus.  

Regular loan items are loaned for 120 days with unlimited renewals. At this time, loaned materials are not eligible for recall by users. Library staff reserve the right to recall physical materials to support course readings or critical research needs.

Contactless pickup hours at Brescia are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

How to Request Physical Materials:

  1. Place your request using the “Request” link in Omni. You will need to sign in with your Western ID.
    1. To pick up your item at the Beryl Ivey Library, select “Brescia Library” as your pick-up location.
  2. You will receive an email when your item(s) is available for pickup, within seven days. Please wait until you receive this email to come to campus. The introduction of enhanced health and safety protocols for Library staff and users means it may take us longer than usual to prepare your request. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. When you come to Brescia to pick up your items, you will need to follow the Contactless Pickup Instructions.

If you have questions or need assistance in requesting or picking up your items, please contact the Beryl Ivey Library Team at

Digital Delivery 

Faculty, students, and staff can now request portions of eligible physical library materials to be delivered in PDF format by email as allowable under the Canadian Copyright Act and fair dealing guidelines. Please see Western University’s Copyright website for further information about copyright.

With Digital Delivery, you can access a variety of materials such as book chapters, journal articles, government documents, reference works, and more. Your digital copy will be accessible for 30 days and you can open it 10 times, print, or save it to your computer. 

How to Request Digital Delivery:

To request digitized material, such as journal articles or book chapters, locate the item in Omni and click the “Digitization” link. You will need to sign in with your Western ID.

You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your digitized material within seven days.

If you have questions or need assistance in placing your digital delivery request, please contact the Beryl Ivey Library Team at

Available Collections

Brescia University College

All regular loan print materials are available for contactless pickup and digital delivery. In addition, many in-library use items are available for digital delivery.

Electronic Collections

Search in Omni for e-books, journal articles, streaming video and more.

Western Libraries has developed a new research guide, Expanded and Freely Available Resources that describes temporary enhancements made to collections to help support online learning. They also have a guide for free resources related to COVID-19 research.

Western Libraries

Regular loan print materials are available for contactless pickup, and many of their in-library use items are available for digital delivery. Please visit Western Libraries website for further information.

Huron University College

Regular loan print materials will be available to request for contactless pickup as of July 20.

Kings University College & St. Peter’s Seminary

Materials from Kings University College and St. Peter’s Seminary are not available for contactless pickup or digital delivery at this time.


All faculty, students, staff, and faculty emeriti at Brescia, Western, Huron, Kings, and St. Peter’s Seminary are eligible for contactless pickup and digital delivery.

At this time, alumnae, guest and direct borrowers, and retired faculty and staff are not eligible for contactless pickup and digital delivery. As a first step in re-providing access to our physical collections, we are prioritizing Brescia, Western, & Affiliate University College faculty, staff, and student access to facilitate University research and scholarship and to ensure critical course materials are available to students completing courses online.

 Ensuring a Safe Campus

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. The Library Team has redesigned our workflows and implemented new health and safety measures in accordance with public health, government, and University recommendations.

Handling of Library Materials

All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are processed by library staff. The quarantine period was determined in consultation with our Library partners and is based on current research, including the recent study by the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project.

When You Visit Campus

The Beryl Ivey Library remains closed to the public. No users will be permitted to enter the library space. When picking up library item(s), please respect the instructions and signage regarding physical distancing and traffic flow.

If you have not received permission to return to campus at outlined in Brescia’s Return to Campus plan, please leave campus promptly after picking up library item(s).

The Library Team is working hard to get your requested print and digitized materials to you in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience.

 Returning Materials

Where can I return materials?

If you need to return library materials, please return them to the Beryl Ivey Library return bin, located in the Mother St. James vestibule just outside the Library.

What about library fines?

Please note that we do not charge fines on general material. Unlimited renewals are also available for general loans. We will waive any fines on other material when it is able to be returned. It is not necessary for you to return materials to campus at this time.

Research Support

Research Help

Librarians are available for one-on-one support. We can help with topics such as finding academic sources, search strategies, evaluating information, citation, and more. We can also help with virtual technologies, such as OWL or Office 365. Reach a Librarian by:

  • Emailing
  • Filling in our Book a Librarian form to make an appointment. We can meet with you virtually by Zoom or phone.
  • Phoning 519-432-8353 x28250. Please leave a voicemail message. A library staff member will return your call.

For general questions, you are welcome to use our Call-back form. We will respond within one business day by your choice of phone or email.

Online Research Resources

There are many online resources available to help you in completing your coursework and research:

  • Omni is our academic search tool. Use it to search for journal articles, e-books, streaming video, and more
  • Databases are very helpful for finding subject-specific journal articles
  • Research Guides can help you to get started in your research. We have a research guide for each program at Brescia
  • Citation Guides for all common styles used in Brescia courses
  • Our Clever Researcher Blog has many research tips and tricks, such as how to develop keywords, Boolean searching, and more!

If you require access to a computer in order to complete your coursework, please contact Caroline Whippey, Director of Library Services at

Course Support

Course Readings

If there are readings you would like to make available for your students, the Library can add electronic reserve materials through the Course Readings program. Please submit your requests via the Ares, our Course Readings software, or email If you require access to course readings currently only available in print, please contact us and we will investigate the availability of an alternative format.

If there is an e-resource you would like purchased, please email the Library at or fill in our Suggest a Purchase form. The purchasing of e-resources is subject to budget, licensing, and vendor availability.

Information Literacy
As you adapt to the new online delivery of classes, keep in mind that we at the Library are still here to help you and support the integration of the Inquiry & Analysis competency in your courses. We are happy to work with you to provide resources and/or instruction that best suits you and your students. Please reach out to Caroline Whippey, Director of Library Services for further information.