Stauffer reopens with limited seating

150 study seats available through online reservation system

Students can book up to 32 hours per month.
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The Queen’s University Library announced in a release on Sept. 8 that 150 individual study seats will be made available for student use in Stauffer Library as of that day.

The limited seating must be booked in advance on a first-come, first-served basis through an online reservation system.

These seats are available in four-hour time slots, and Queen’s students will be able to book study seats for up to 32 hours per month. All reservations will be four hours long, with the option to extend for an extra hour that won’t be counted toward the monthly allocation of hours.

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Safety measures and regulations include a mandatory wellness check upon entrance to the library, face coverings and physical distancing guidelines, and sanitizing supplies provided to wipe down the study seat before and after use. Students will be informed via email of these safety protocols with each booking.

The University closed all on-campus libraries on March 18 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, online resources and limited curbside pickup have been made available for faculty and graduate researchers in recognition of the library’s crucial role in conducting research.

It was also announced that curbside pickup is still available to all students, staff, and faculty for print materials, which can be requested online through the Omni Search Tool.

The book bins remain open for returning print materials, and all loans can be checked out for 120 days.

A newly added scanning service has also been made available to all students, staff, and faculty. The service allows a chapter or equivalent of all regular and limited print materials to be scanned and emailed to the requestor.

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Additional library services like access to computers, scanners, and library equipment won’t be offered for the fall term.

Students who require printing are directed to the newly provided online printing services at the AMS’s Printing and Copy Centre (P&CC), where they can receive their orders through delivery or curbside pickup.

Library staff are available through online chat to help students, staff, and faculty locate and gain access to the library or alternate resources.

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