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Welcome back! An update on Fall Term Library services

by Laura Landon on 2020-09-07T17:46:00-03:00 | Comments

The R.P. Bell and Music Library are open for the Fall Term beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Things look a bit different this year because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We'll outline some key services and changes below.

Book a Seat: Book a Seat hyperlinkTo spend time in either library, you will need to book a seat or room. It's fast and easy. Book a Seat allows you to book space by the hour or in three- and four-hour slots up to a week in advance. The R.P. Bell Library has roughly 100 spaces and the Music Library has 14. All seats are at least two metres apart. The stacks remain closed, and people needing books can request them through their librarians or the Access Services Library to Go service.

Library to Go: Curbside pick-up has expanded into our Library to Go service. Need books? Request them through our online form, by e-mail to circ@mta.ca, or in person at the Access Services desk. You can alsLibrary to Go hyperlinko contact a librarian via Live Chat or by e-mail to infodesk@mta.ca. Staff will find your books, check them out to you, and place them in the Library to Go pick-up area (formerly the new book display area just inside the doors to the main floor). You can also request music books for pick up in the Music Library by e-mailing musiclibrary@mta.ca. You do not need to book a seat or time to pick up your Library to Go books -- just pop in any time during regular library hours. In addition, to ease traffic flow in the entrance area, the first hour of each morning (8:10 a.m. - 9 a.m.) is reserved for book pick-up, printing, and cafe take-out.

Research help from a Librarian: The Research Help Desk is providing virtual service this term. Librarians are available through the desk's Live Chat service Monday through Friday. We can also help by e-mail (infodesk@mta.ca), telephone (506-364-2564) or through a meeting on MS Teams. Some librarians are also available to meet in person at the Research Help Desk on the main floor. See a list of your subject librarians here.

Course Reserves: If your professor has placed physical books, films, or other materials on course reserve, please contact the Access Services desk at circ@mta.ca or 506-364-2568 for assistance.

Printing & Coffee: Access to printers and take-out food is available in the Flying Bean Cafe area. Upload your print jobs to studentprint.mta.ca and pay through the tap function on your ID card. Please use available hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to clean the touch-pad on printers before use. No reservation is required for quick printing or cafe pick-ups.

COVID-19 safety measures: Where possible, we have implemented one-way traffic flows. We also require people to wear masks when moving around the buildings. A staff member at the R.P. Bell's check-in desk will greet you and direct you to your seat or answer any questions you might have. Anyone proceeding past the check-in desk needs to make a booking through Book a Seat. (People stopping into the library for quick printing, book pick-up, and cafe take-out do not need to book a space.) At present, the main, ground and basement floors are open, while the upper floors and stacks remain closed except to staff.

Please help us keep the Libraries clean and healthy: Sanitizing wipes are available to you to wipe down your study space when you arrive and leave. Facilities Services has also implemented a more frequent cleaning regime throughout the day to disinfect high-touch surfaces. Book-drop boxes are available on each floor to deposit any library books you no longer need. All books that have been returned to the library are quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and re-shelved.

We look forward to seeing you in the Libraries! As with many things related to COVID-19, our procedures are developing and improving. Questions or comments? Please contact us at infodesk@mta.ca. We welcome your feedback.

 


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