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What to expect at the library this summer

Lesley Balcom
Lesley Balcom
Dean of Libraries

UNB Libraries are here for you wherever you are living over the Summer!   Whether you are taking undergraduate courses, researching as a graduate student, or working as a research assistant we are eager to support you.

Our Ask Us live chat service is ready to answer your questions. Librarians are available to help you with one-on-one online meetings. Don’t be shy about reaching out!

Our Research Guides provide a great launching point for a search for materials and also connect you to librarians who can meet with you online to help find what you need.

Study space

We welcome UNB students to use the libraries in person in Fredericton or Saint John, regardless of your home campus. Our libraries offer great places to study aligned with COVID requirements, and with excellent Wi-Fi and computer access supported by staff onsite.

Study space or computer workstations can be booked online.

Access to collections

All of you have access to our vast collection of eBooks, eJournals, and other online materials through the libraries website at any time. Our print collections on both campuses are available for you to request to be picked up at Harriet Irving Library on the Fredericton campus or at the Hans W Klohn Commons on the Saint John campus, or to have mailed if you’re not close by.

Our stacks are not currently open for drop-in use, but please make an appointment if you would like to browse the stacks in person at any of our four libraries:  Harriet Irving Library, the Science & Forestry Library, or the Engineering and Computer Science Library on the Fredericton campus or the Hans W. Klohn Commons Library on the Saint John campus.

Access to Fredericton stacks:

Access to Saint John stacks:

With best wishes,


The Harriet Irving Library and Hans W. Klohn Commons will be open this summer with limited hours.

Absolutely, but you’ll need to book your seat in advance!

The Harriet Irving Library and the Hans W. Klohn Commons will be open this summer to currently registered students.

Reservations in advance are required and you’ll need to check-in at our Welcome Station upon arrival.

While in the library you will not be able to change seats or look for books.

The Science & Forestry Library and the Engineering & Computer Science Library plan to be open for the fall semster but will only be available by appointment during the summer.

Library research help is available via Ask Us.

Book a Seat!

We know that many students won’t be visiting the libraries in person this term. We have great electronic collections and help available for you by chat and other ways. Read down the list for more information.

Library hours will be different than normal and may change during the term. Please check library hours before coming (Google Business Hours often are not current) and be sure to book space in advance if you are planning to stay and study.

Harriet Irving Hours Science Hours HWK Hours

Help is only an email or chat message away with our Ask Us! Service. You can also make an appointment to meet via Teams with one of our research specialists.

You can book your preferred type of space (desktop computer terminal, carrel, or table) using our online booking system. When you arrive at one of our libraries, you will be greeted at the door and required to check-in.

Book a Seat!

Depending on availability, you and your friend(s) may be able to book seats in a group study room for the same time, but remember that each additional person must also book a seat in the same space, and physical distancing guidelines apply.

Book a Seat!

Yes, non-medical face masks are required when entering the libraries, when moving through the building, and when seated in most areas. Masks may be removed in designated areas when seated and a 2-metre physical distance is maintained.

Books and other materials will be available by request for students, faculty and staff. We will have them waiting for you to pick up!

You will not be able to go look for books yourself but it is now possible to book an appointment with staff to browse the stacks. Send an email to

Contact Ask Us for help searching for what you need.

You can place a Request for items from the UNB Libraries collection and pick them up at the main service desk at your designated library location.

  • 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.

The Libraries have a limited number of laptops that can be borrowed in emergency situations. Other equipment loans such as headphones and chargers are not available at this time. To request emergency use of a library laptop, please contact us:

You will be able to reserve a desktop computer terminal using our online booking system.

Book a Seat!

Yes, there will be designated equipment that you can use during your reserved time at the library.

You can check your account to see the due dates of the items you have checked out, and renew items online. Please return items when you are finished with them.

Library common spaces, classrooms and labs have been set up to ensure physical distancing between individuals when they are seated. Chairs are not to be moved or relocated within the room, and individuals are to sit only in the chairs that have been identified or marked.

Look for directional signage on doors, walls and floors throughout the libraries to help maintain physical distancing. Access is limited to certain library floors and spaces.

The library is providing Course Reserves electronically.

Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan) is currently available for digital material and print borrowing within Canada.

UNB Archives & Special Collections, located in the Harriet Irving Library on the Fredericton campus, is currently closed to on-site researchers, but will respond to requests for consultation or reference questions from the UNB community  via email at or phone (506-453-4748) during our regular business hours.

Help is only an email or chat message away with our Ask Us! Service.