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Library Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last update: June 24 at 3 p.m.

Starting March 17 at 4 p.m.:

  • An SPU ID card will be required to access the library between 6 a.m. and midnight;
  • The service desk will be closed (no exceptions; see below for loan procedure);
  • All services will be provided remotely.

The library is dedicated to supporting its students and faculty during this time. To ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons alike, assistance will no longer be provided in person.

Research and Reference Help

Our librarians continue to offer one-on-one research and reference help through

  • Phone meetings;
  • Zoom and Microsoft Teams virtual meetings;
  • Email.

Please contact the librarian in charge of your program:

Marta Samokishyn: Canon Law, Theology, Conflict Studies, Transformative Leadership, Counselling and Spirituality

Victoria Tsonos: Social Communication, Social Innovation, Philosophy and Public Ethics

Document Scanning

We are able to scan and send by email a PDF copy of articles and books (up to 20% of the book) that are only available in print format.

PaperCut Account

To add money to your PaperCut account, please send an email to with your full name and student number. 

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is closed for the summer and will reopen in September.

Our writing advisor can provide help through:

  • Phone meetings;
  • Email;
  • Zoom and Microsoft Teams virtual meetings.

Please contact with all questions and enquiries.

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

The library will continue to offer help through the Ask a Librarian chat service, where students have access to librarians' help in real time through a virtual chat. The link to the service is available on the library’s homepage.

The hours for the chat service are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The chat will be closed on July 1 and August 3, 2020.

Book Loans

The service desk can no longer accommodate in-person loans. If you wish to borrow an item, you must send a request in writing to (Monday-Friday only). Pick-up procedure will be provided by email on a case-by-case basis.  

Book Renewals

Due dates for currently checked-out material have all been extended indefinitely.

Renewals can no longer be done in person; they must be done online using your library account. To access your library account, visit OMNI and click on the login (located in the top right-hand corner of the screen).

  • For students: Sign in as an internal user and use your uOzone access credentials.
  • For faculty and employees: Sign in as an external user with your email.
  • For alumni: Sign in as an external user with the email you provided to the library.

If you wish to return a book, please use the book return box located outside the library.

Interlibrary Loans

The interlibrary loan service is discontinued until further notice.


We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to this rapidly evolving situation.

For any other questions, please email

Please check back here and follow the library's social media accounts for updates.