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COVID-19 Library Updates: Home

Hello BU Students, Faculty and Staff. 

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 the link for easy access:

For Faculty

Please see the information below.  Or, contact Marian Ramage, Reference Librarian, at RamageM@BrandonU.CA, or Melanie Sucha, Chief Information Officer, at SuchaM@BrandonU.CA regarding online teaching resources and access to library resources for you and your students.

For students

Helping you complete your assignments and papers remains our top priority.  We can do this though Virtual Chat or Reference Appointments using 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 That will help identify you as a BU student and give you access to resources we have 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 - 9 pm and weekends from 9 am - 6 pm.

If Chat is offline, you can contact one of us through phone or email – go to library homepage and click on “Make a Research Appointment” to find contact info. Or contact Marian Ramage at or 204-727-7463 to leave a voice message.

We are not providing 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.  Please keep books for now and return them after this situation resolves. There will be no late fees.  Please contact Tanya Cantlon at CantlonT@BrandonU.CA with further questions or concerns.

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 password does not work, email ILL@BrandonU.CA 

Physical Items: Will no longer be available through ILL. If you already have physical items through ILL, 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, please email Melanie Sucha, Chief Information Officer, at SuchaM@BrandonU.CA