Library Services for Fall 2021

(last updated Sept. 15, 2021)

All our library branches are now open. Visit us any time we're open to borrow or return library materials.

Visit Memorial University's COVID-19 Information Hub for official updates.

How does the current provincial public health declaration of a level 2 COVID alert level affect library services?

  • All branches are open to the public, except the Health Sciences Library as the MUNMed building has restricted access.
  • Please complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment within 24 hours of visiting campus and follow posted instructions and health and safety guidelines.
  • As of Aug. 23, non-medical masks are required on all Memorial campuses in all indoor spaces including libraries. Please see Memorial's announcement for more details.
  • For Fall 2021, access to materials in the Archives and Special Collections is by appointment. Please email:
  • While we return to campus, all libraries are working to hire and train staff and student workers in order to return to our regular operating hours. This will take some time. We may not be able to offer evening and weekend hours at the beginning of the fall semester, but please be assured we are all working towards returning to our regular operating hours as soon as we can. Please check our hours page for up-to-date information by branch.

All my courses are remote/online this semster. How do I access library services?

Student Research Support

We have an extensive collection of online resources. You can:

  • Use OneSearch to find and use scholarly online resources.
  • Pick a topic from our research databases page and use a database to find resources.
    • Some databases include full text and/or the Get It @Memorial link, a shortcut to OneSearch. Databases tell you what’s published on a topic (MUN doesn’t own it all). OneSearch tells you what MUN has access to. But databases often give you more information about resources than OneSearch can.
  • Subject Guides, curated for discipline-specific resources, are also a good place to start.
  • For help, try our online chat or make a virtual appointment with a Librarian for a one-on-one consult.
  • You can also check out the Library Research Essentials (LRE) tutorial in Brightspace. You can self-enroll in the LRE and refer to it whenever and however you need. (You're not required to do it just because you add it to your course list.)
  • Access e-reserves for course materials your instructors put on reserve.

Faculty Teaching Support

We are continuing to offer our online Course Resources or "e-Reserves" service. We can add book chapters, ebooks, journal articles, PowerPoints, Word documents, streaming video and other materials so they are available online to your students while we teach remotely. We take care of all scanning and copyright clearance and can purchase items required for e-reserve. We have partnered with CITL to provide a digitization service for DVDs which can be embedded in Brightspace for online courses or courses being taught remotely. Please contact your branch.

Memorial University Libraries now conducts copyright clearance for all course-related materials, including for online courses or remote course delivery. Check out our copyright FAQ for more information.

Our Librarians can deliver information literacy instruction services remotely to you and your students either synchronously or asynchronously. We can customize instruction to your needs. Contact us by emailing an instruction librarian at your branch, or by completing our online Information Literacy Instruction Request Form.

While teaching remotely, you may want to consider using an open textbook. Open textbooks are e-textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed, are created by academics and subject specialists, and many are peer-reviewed. You can check out our Guide to Open Textbooks.

Where can I study on campus?

Beginning in fall 2021, there is no need to book an individual study space in order to study on-campus. Individual study spaces are available throughout the library. You can book group study rooms through each branch library's website.

Memorial has also identified and designated study spaces throughout the university that follow all public health guidelines.

Can I eat and drink in the library?

Please check your branch’s food and drink policy for more specific information.

I don't have access to the Health Sciences building. How can I access materials at that library?

Eastern Health is continuing restricted building access. If you do not have access to the Health Sciences building, you can request items and schedule a contact-less pickup appointment for items at the Health Sciences Library. Staff will be happy to meet you at the MUNMed Entrance to bring you your item/s during your scheduled pickup time. Please call 864-6070 for assistance.

How can I return library materials if I am no longer a student or near a campus?

You can renew your items online. Sign in to OneSearch and view your account information by clicking on your name and selecting items to renew. If you are unable to renew or receive a notice that you need to return items, please don’t panic. We understand that given the current context, there may be some challenges returning your materials. Contact us if you need to make alternate arrangements.

You can return our library materials to:

  • any branch of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries that are open for curbside pickup. Our friends at the public library will ensure we get the material back.
  • any college or university library in Atlantic Canada that is a CAUL-CBUA member.

If you are outside Atlantic Canada, or not located near a CAUL-CBUA library, please contact us. Within Canada, we are using Purolator to ship materials back to us at no cost to you. For the St. John's Campuses, please contact Rob Ball and on the Grenfell Campus please contact to arrange return shipping. If you are located outside Canada, please contact the library that owns the material.

Problems Accessing an Online Resource?

Librarians and staff are working to troubleshoot any issues that may arise in order to ensure continued access to all our online resources. In OneSearch, you can click the “Report a Problem” link if you cannot access one of our online resources. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Contact Us

Librarians and staff are monitoring our online chat service. All employees are answering phone and email, so feel free to contact us anytime.