Update: Beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Brandon University students, faculty and staff will no longer need to book an appointment to visit the Library. A current BU student ID or fob will be required to swipe into the Library.
The John E. Robbins Library is still operating at limited capacity to allow for social distancing. The Library has implemented a "Clean In / Clean Out" model for study spots and workstations. We ask that you clean your own study space or workstation upon arrival and at departure from the Library. Wipes are available in the Library. Most services are available in person and the Library stacks are once again open. Virtual Reference (Chat), is still online. Books and other items can be signed out in person, or can be borrowed by placing a Request in the Library catalogue. (See 'Borrowing' further below for instructions)
Support for online teaching, in person teaching, and access to Library resources and services is available.
Rainer Schira, Reference Librarian, for information literacy instruction online or in your classes: email@example.com
Donna Lowe for Course Reserves and digitized library content: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Revet or Kirsten Bambridge for streaming video licenses: email@example.com
Carmen Kazakoff-Lane, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for inquiries related to course content / copyright / open textbooks: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on a wide range of issues relevant to faculty, please see:
Here are key things for you to know about the Library this term:
Due to COVID capacity and distancing restrictions, access to spaces inside the Library is limited. However, workspaces in the Convergys Lab and socially distanced study spots throughout the Library are available. There is also access to scanners/photocopiers and printers in the Library.
Hours starting September 1, 2021:
8:30 am - 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Fridays
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
9:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Fridays
As soon as you get your assignments, consider the resources the Library has in place to support you! Our print materials are once again available to browse, and we continue to have ebooks, electronic journal subscriptions, online videos, and open educational resources available virtually. The Virtual Reference Chat Service can help answer your questions and provide assistance in navigating these online resources. It is available Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, at the
Where you can also
If there’s a resource that our Library doesn’t have, our Interlibrary Loan service may be able to obtain resources from other libraries. There is no charge for this service.
- see the 'Using Your Account' link at:
As you get familiar with your courses, consider reviewing the Library Guides available on different subjects and topics.
You can also email email@example.com to ask to connect with a librarian who will follow up with support in a research area, help you find resources that you won’t ever find on Google, understand copyright requirements, and learn how to effectively use library resources to support your academic journey.
You can select and borrow items from the stacks - using your BU student ID as a library card. You can still place a Request for items through the Library catalogue as well. Once Library staff have collected the book from the stacks you will receive an email to let you know that you can now come and sign out the book at the Library.
Requesting a print book from the catalogue:
All current students, staff, and faculty have swipe access (2021-22 student card or staff fob) to the Richardson Center 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday.
Once inside the Richardson Center, library materials can be returned through the book drop located just outside the Main Library doors.
A portion of the McKee Archives’ holdings can be searched via the Archives’ website:
Questions about the Archives and its holdings can be directed to the University Archivist, Christy Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are experiencing technical difficulties, visit the IT Help Desk website:
or email email@example.com for assistance.
For any questions or concerns not addressed here, please email Melanie Sucha, Chief Information Officer, at SuchaM@BrandonU.CA