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What to expect at the library this winter

Lesley Balcom
Lesley Balcom
Dean of Libraries

Welcome to the Libraries!

We are here to support your studies wherever you are. Libraries are open for you on both campuses. Please see our complete hours for specific opening times and don’t forget to bring your UCard or UCard Mobile ID to tap in. Further details about proof of vaccine and other protocols are in the FAQs on this page.

Virtual services and online collections are available to you on campus or remotely. Our online Research Guides and our Ask Us live chat service are two great options for getting started with your assignment or paper.

You may be wondering where you can go on campus to participate in an online class, especially if it’s scheduled between in-person classes. You are welcome to use any of the UNB Libraries - all offer comfortable space with strong wifi.

We know that some of you are new to UNB this term, or not yet familiar with all that your libraries have to offer. Stop by at Ask Us live chat service or say hello in person at our library welcome desks to get acquainted or to set up a meeting with a librarian.

With all best wishes for your Winter Term 2022,


Libraries on both campuses are open for you to participate in your class, study on your own, and to work with classmates or friends. Explore our various learning and study space and find what suits you best.

Proof of vaccination or compliance with the UNB or STU testing policy is required.

UNB students, faculty, and staff are required to tap in with their UNB UCard or UCard Mobile ID OR present their UNB Safe combined with UNB ID or government issued picture ID as proof of vaccination. Tapping in with a UNB UCard is sufficient as UNB’s COVID testing / vaccine policy required the compliance of UNB students, faculty, and staff by September 27. Anyone not in compliance is not permitted on any campus of UNB.

STU students, faculty, and staff are required to tap/show their STU UCards AND provide proof of approved STU Safe Testing/Vaccination status either on their phones or with printed copies (QR code with name and date).

Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) students are required to show their DalCard.

Our libraries offer great places to study, with excellent Wi-Fi and computer access supported by staff onsite. If you are taking both in-person and alternate delivery courses at UNB in Fredericton this term and need access to a computer on campus, we have designated spaces in the Harriet Irving Library’s Learning Lab and Data/GIS Lab for this purpose. Simply book a computer so that you won’t need to worry about finding one for your class (don’t forget to bring your headphones).

UNB's face mask policy is in effect at the Libraries.

Members of the wider community are now permitted to access our libraries, but are reminded to wear masks as per the UNB mask policy that is in effect. Please stop by the welcome desk to learn what changes have taken place ask for help.

You have access to our vast collection of e-Books, e-Journals, and other online materials through the library’s website at any time. Our print collections on both campuses are available for in-person browsing and borrowing, or for you to request items to be picked up at a library front desk.

Most of our spaces are open for you to walk in and make yourself comfortable.

Use our online booking system to reserve a Group Study Room.

Yes, absolutely! The libraries have zones for quiet study together and for silent study alone. If you’d like to work less quietly with a group, just book a group study room.

You are welcome to access the stacks to retrieve items yourself or to request items through our online catalogue to pick-up at the main service desk of the item’s location. Follow the steps below if you wish to request books in advance for pick-up:

  • Sign in to the library catalogue (UNB WorldCat)
  • Search for the items you need
  • Select the Request Item button, and your pickup location (for users unable to retrieve from a designated library location, please put your address in the Notes Field, and items will be mailed to you)
  • Once your items are ready, you will receive an email notification.

Please return books and other items via the book drops on each campus. If you are unable to return items via the book drop, contact us:

Fines and fees apply for overdue, lost, or damaged items. For more information, please see our Borrowing Policy.

Laptops, chargers, and other equipment are available to borrow. Just ask at a library service desk.

Yes, anyone with UNB login credentials can login to a computer in the libraries.

Instructors may place physical (print) materials or electronic copies on Course Reserve at the library for the students in their courses. Login to your UNB Reserves to see materials available for your courses. Print Reserves will be available at for you to borrow at the front desk of the Library. Make sure you take note of which library!

Help is only an email or chat message away with our Ask Us! service. If you have suggestions about improving library use this term, please send them to