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COVID-19 Library Updates: Home

Hello BU Students, Faculty and Staff. 

! New: The library is now accepting returns of borrowed items by appointment.  Please email to arrange an appointment time.

The Library is committed to continuing to provide services and access to resources during this closure.  

One positive note in this COVID-19 situation is that many publishers are making more information freely available online during this crisis - click this link for easy access:

For Faculty

! New Faculty members and staff can once again borrow physical items from the library.  Email to request titles and make an appointment for pick up.

Support for online teaching and access to library resources and services is available. Please contact:

Carmen Kazakoff-Lane, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for inquiries related to course content / copyright / open textbooks:

Angela Revet for streaming video licenses:

Donna Lowe for Course Reserves and digitized library content:

Marian Ramage, Reference Librarian, for support in adapting library access and resources to the online teaching environment, and for virtual library instruction:

For further information, please see the Faculty Resource Guide 

For students

Helping you complete your assignments and papers remains our top priority.  We can answer your questions though online Chat on the

Library homepage or, you can Make a Research Appointment for more in-depth help by email, phone, or video conference tools like Zoom or Teams.

If you need something for your papers and assignments:

All online resources are available – go to the Library homepage and use the One Stop Search or other databases.

If you use Google Scholar or Google to search, use this link You will asked to log in using your BU username and password. This will ensure you have access to resources made available through the BU library.

If you need help finding things:

Ask us for help through Virtual Reference Chat – go to library homepage and click on “Chat is Online” to ask for help. Staff will be available weekdays 9 am - 5 pm.  If Chat is offline, you can email the library at

Or, contact one of us through “Make a Research Appointment” or email Marian Ramage at or phone 204-727-7463 to leave a voice message.

We are not providing students with access to physical books, videos or other items at this time. 

If you need pages or a chapter from a physical book, we can scan the content and email it to you (within copyright restrictions).  Please email ILL@BrandonU.CA to request scans from physical books. 

If you have physical items on loan:

The due date for all items currently on loan has been extended to  September 11, 2020.  

! New: The library is now accepting returns of borrowed items by appointment.  Please contact the library by email at to arrange an appointment time for drop-off.

If you need something from another library through Interlibrary Loans (ILL):

Electronic items: Many other libraries are continuing to send electronic items, such as articles and book chapters. Unless that changes, we will do our best to get them and deliver them to you electronically.  For more information:

If your interlibrary loan password does not work, email ILL@BrandonU.CA 

Physical Items: Will no longer be available through interlibrary loan while university campuses are closed and many staff are working from home. If you already have physical items through interlibrary loan, please keep them and return them after the situation stabilizes. You will not be charged late fees.  Email ILL@BrandonU.CA if you have questions or require further details. 

Library services are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed here, please email Melanie Sucha, Chief Information Officer, at SuchaM@BrandonU.CA