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What to expect at the library this fall

Lesley Balcom
Lesley Balcom
Dean of Libraries

All of us at UNB Libraries welcome you to campus!

The libraries are fully open to the UNB community with the start of fall term. See complete hours to find out when we are open on campus. You will likely be surprised at how many hours we are open for you!

We are ready to support your studies wherever you are. Our virtual services and online collections are available to you on or off campus.
We know that many of you are new to UNB in person and not yet familiar with all that your libraries have to offer. Stop by our library welcome desks to get acquainted, or use our Ask Us live chat service. Librarians are also available to help you with one-on-one meetings in person or online.

Have a wonderful Fall 2021 term and let us know how we can help you.

With best wishes,


UNB students, faculty, and staff are required to show your UNB UCard or UCard Mobile ID OR your UNB SafeApp combined with government issued picture ID. UNB ID 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 has been informed that they are no longer permitted on any campus of UNB.

STU students, faculty, and staff are required to show proof of approved vaccine through the STU SafeApp combined with government issued picture ID.

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, so face masks are required except in designated areas.


Libraries on both campuses are open to the UNB community. Just bring your UNB Ucard or UNB UCard Mobile ID. Most of our spaces are open for you to walk in and make yourself comfortable. Bookings are required only for Group Study Rooms and at the Harriet Irving Library for computers in the Learning Lab and the Data/GIS Lab.

For STU and DMNB students please see the FAQ about vaccines.

Library research help is available in person at Research Help Desks and online via Ask Us.

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.

It depends on what kind of space you are looking for. 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 or a computer in the Harriet Irving Library’s Learning Lab and Data/GIS Lab. These computers are designated for use by UNB students on the Fredericton campus who need to attend an online course (remember to bring your headphones).

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. If you wish to use one of the computers in the Learning Lab and Data/GIS Lab, you’ll need to reserve one in advance. These computers are designated for UNB students who need one to attend an online class (remember to bring your headphones).

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!

UNB Libraries are open for current students, faculty, and staff only. We look forward to welcoming alumni and community borrowers when the COVID-19 restrictions are no longer required.

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