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COVID-19: Changes to Library Services

The Library Team is ready and available to support students, faculty, and staff in teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. Our virtual business hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. We’ve implemented changes to our services to meet public health, government and University guidelines. We know that these changes may be a big adjustment from your previous library experiences. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work together to create a safe campus and care for our community.

As of April 6, 2021, access to our print collection is not available until further notice.

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

Contactless pickup of materials from the Beryl Ivey Library is not available until further notice.

Print material from other library locations at Western, Huron, and Kings may be requested through Omni.

Regular loan items are loaned for 120 days with unlimited renewals. Loaned materials may be recalled. Please check your Western email regularly.

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.
  2. Select your pickup location from the list.
  3. You will receive an email when your item(s) is available for pickup. Please wait until you receive this email to come to campus.

If you have questions, please contact the Beryl Ivey Library Team at

Digital Delivery 

Digital delivery of materials from the Beryl Ivey Library is not available until further notice.

Faculty, students, and staff can request portions of eligible physical library materials from Western, Huron, and Kings Libraries 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 when it is ready.

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

The Beryl Ivey Library Collection is closed to the public until further notice.

If you are looking to access a collection that is not available for contactless pickup or digital delivery, or if we don't have an item you are looking for, please contact us. You are also welcome to fill in our Suggest a Title form.

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 & Affiliate Libraries

Collections at Western, Huron, Kings, and St. Peter's Seminary Libraries are available for contactless pickup and digital delivery. Please visit their websites for information about their collections:


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 spaces and 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 guidelines.

Returning Materials

Returning Library Materials

The Beryl Ivey Library external return bin is closed. Please do not return Brescia Library materials at this time.

If you have questions or concerns about items you have on loan, please email

What about library fines?

Any fines on Brescia Library materials that accrue as the result of our closure during the provincial shutdown will be waived.

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:

For general questions, you are welcome to use our Call-back form. We will respond as soon as we are able, and at least 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!

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.

Please note that physical course reserves will not be offered until further notice.

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

Information Literacy
Please reach out to Katie Holmes, Learning & Curriculum Support Librarian for further information regarding available research/information literacy support for students.