Jean-Leon Allie Library and Archives
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Library Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last update: January 10, 2022, at 11:26 a.m.

Winter 2022

Please note:

  • Most services are provided remotely (see below for details).
  • The service desk is open but providing limited services. Click here to consult its opening hours.
  • Members of the SPU and uOttawa community can enter the library using their SPU or uOttawa ID card.
    • Researchers from other institutions as well as SPU alumni can access the library by appointment only. Please email to set up a time. 
  • Library access is only possible between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Once inside the library (before 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and before 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday), patrons may remain there until midnight.

The library is dedicated to supporting its students and faculty during this time. To ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons alike, we are providing limited in-person assistance at this time.

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. Please send your requests in writing to

PaperCut Account

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

Group Study Rooms

The group study rooms are open. Masks must be worn at all times inside the group study rooms unless students are seated two meters apart. The workspace (table, armrests, etc.) must be cleaned before and after each use; a bottle of disinfectant is provided in each room.

The Library offers four group study rooms as well as a graduate student study room. These rooms can be booked for 2-hour periods through the Library’s LibCal system, available hereTwo people must be present to ask the service desk staff to open the room they have booked.

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is providing remote help only. Services are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Please click here for more information about the Writing Centre.

Our writing advisor can provide help through:

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

Please write to or call 613-236-1393 ext. 2217 with all questions and enquiries.

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

The library offers 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.

Starting January 10, 2022, the hours for the chat service are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The service will be closed on February 21, 2022, for Family Day, as well as on April 15, 2022, for Good Friday.

Book Loans

Saint Paul University students and faculty: Book loans can be made in person at the service desk (see opening hours here) or through email (see email procedure below).

uOttawa students and faculty: Loan requests must be sent by email (see email procedure below). 

Email procedure: Please send your request to (Monday-Friday only). Pickup information will be provided on a case-by-case basis.  

Please note that alumni cannot borrow books at this time.

Book Renewals

Renewals can be done in person at the service desk or 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

Interlibrary loan is only available for electronic materials (articles, copies, and book chapters). Print materials are not available via interlibrary loan. 


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 regularly and follow the library's social media accounts for updates.