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COVID-19 Library planning/ updates

CBU Library COVID-19 Planning and Updates

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Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3 pm, CBU library and computer labs will close. Library services, including reference, are being offered digitally. Please visit our COVID-19 Library Planning and Updates for more information on circulation, contacts, and library support for faculty and students.

Online Services and Supports

Patrons are encouraged to access the following on-line services::

  • Online LiveHelp Chat, Email and AskUs: Visit the online chat service available for help with research. Patrons can also access research assistance via email or our AskUs service. Please see: 
  • Databases, ebooks and online sources: Our databases, ebooks and other online sources will continue to be available via the CBU Library. Remember to use the ‘Off Campus Access’ button under the popular tasks menu in order to access all of our online resources from home @
  • Tutorials for using the library are available here:


  • Please be advised that the circulation desk is closed, and no items will be available for checking in or out.
  • Starting Thursday March 19, reserve items will no longer be circulating. If you require a reserve textbook or resource, please email your professor to make digital arrangements with the library.
  • Any items borrowed on a 3 week loan, currently checked out, will not be due until May 30.
  • Novanet Express and holds will be suspended due to the closure of many member libraries. Interlibrary loan has also been suspended.
  • Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin,

 Resources For Teachers

  • For the health of our staff, we will be suspending the use of physical reserve materials after Thursday March 19. If you would like one chapter scanned from your physical reserve item, please email If you have other materials you would like for moodle, and are having trouble sourcing or linking to them, please email Elaine or your School librarian and we will check the copyright information and try our best to either send you a link, or the item digitally to place in moodle.
  • Please keep in mind that students rely on reserve textbooks to study, which will no longer be circulating, when creating your final exams and assignments.
  • Please remember that many students work from their phone, and do not have access to a computer without coming into the library or other public spaces.
  • It’s easier to link! Linking to content found in the library, or elsewhere, alleviates the need to worry about copyright infringement, and saves space on servers. When linking to resources, ensure you are using a permalink (also known as a persistent link), rather than the URL at the top of your webpage. If you have trouble locating a permalink, please email your librarian. View a quick tutorial on permalinks using Novanet:
  • Consider using open access materials (textbooks, journals, articles) to make access easier on students. If you need help finding openly available material for your courses, creating permalinks, or accessing resources, contact your librarian.
  • Information on copyright and uploading materials into Moodle (created by York University):
  • Many publishers have made online resources open during this time. There is a Google Sheets list that tries to capture ALL of the available resources here:

  • Reference will move to online only, please have students either visit: , go directly to Novanet live Chat :    , or email one of the librarians below for reference help.
  • The CTL has created a great resource on the INTRANET for faculty moving courses online.



Cathy Chisholm, School of Education and Health.

Jasmine Hoover, School of Science and Technology.

K-Lee Fraser, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Laura Syms, School of Business.

Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin,