Library Laptops

You wrote:

Is it possible to have the laptops cleaned before given out to the next user.

I often receive laptops that are filthy from previous users. I need to bring my own wipes to wipe off the keyboard, etc. It’s quite disgusting

It would be nice if they can be quickly sanitized between users.

Unfortunately, there are far too many loans of laptops (weekly, monthly, yearly) to have a supply of wipes to provide this service.

Library users are free to bring their own wipes if they are concerned and wish to wipe down a laptop or library desktop keyboard before using them.

Nov. 17: Testing of warning siren planned near Loyola Campus & Vanier Library

Nov. 17: Testing of warning siren planned near Loyola Campus
Test is part of an emergency exercise by the City of Montreal

On Thursday, November 17, between 2 and 2:30 p.m., the City of Montreal is holding an emergency exercise of three minutes that involves testing a warning siren.

This will be heard in the west end of Montreal, including the Loyola Campus.

The city regularly works with local companies using hazardous materials to reduce the risks associated with major industrial accidents. The test is being done in cooperation with Parmalat Canada Inc., an industrial company that uses ammonia as a coolant to keep products at the proper temperatures.

The goal is to test the company’s warning equipment and the response by its emergency team. Note: there is no simulation planned for the Loyola Campus. No action is required on your part.

The siren test will send out a rising and falling tone that will last three minutes. Since sound is influenced by weather conditions, there is the possibility that the siren will be barely audible in some locations of the targeted area.

Paper wraps on public holds at Webster Library

You wrote:

I see that for requested items (e.g. items on the holds shelf), an entire piece of paper is wrapped around the book. I think this is incredibly wasteful, especially given that some people request items but end up not needing them, meaning that even more paper is wasted. I think it would be better to just include a receipt-sized piece of paper in the book with the student’s last name/ID digits. It would probably save you money, too.

Thank you for your suggestion regarding the paper used in processing holds placed on the Webster Public Holds Shelf. You express a valid concern and we appreciate your feedback regarding the sustainability of Concordia Libraries’ services.

Your suggestion was discussed at a recent meeting about circulation services, but for the time being it has been decided to maintain this process as is. There are a couple reasons for this:

–          The sheets of paper, which include information to allow patrons to recognize their holds, are generated by the Library Management System (LMS) and there is at present not a lot of leeway for adjusting the formatting of the print-outs

–          More importantly  though, the paper is wrapped around the spine of books to make it hard for patrons to browse books others have placed on reserve. Because books are shelved in a public space, we believe this is important in order to maintain the self-service aspect of the public holds shelf.

Please know that we try to make sure that this paper is subsequently recycled or re-used as scrap paper. We will keep your comments in mind when the opportunity presents itself to review this service.

Andréa Harland, Chair, Circulation Services Committee

 

Accessing the Webster Library

We’ve had several inquires about the current elevator situation in LB, to get access to the Webster Library.

Due to the current renovations in the Webster Library, elevator #1, near the former bookstore on the 1st floor of LB is the only elevator that can go to the 3rd floor. As a result, only this one elevator can be used to bring people to the Webster  Library.

One elevator cannot handle the volume of people that use the Library on a daily basis and we ask that library users who are able, to please the temporary external stairs, accessible from MacKay street  instead. 

The elevator system was not designed to be used the way we are currently using it and we are limited to the current set up.

In January 2017, elevator #4 will operate from floors 00-2 in LB and the regular stairs will be opened once again from LB 1 to the Webster Library entrance on LB2. 

Thank you.

Noise after hours in the Library

Students have written us about noise after hours and there is a procedure to follow in these cases.

After hours, if you encounter noise issues in silent study areas of the Library, please let the security agent on duty at the Library entrance know about any problems.

The security agent will call it in and another security agent will be sent to deal with the problem.

Thank you.

Webster Library as a public space

We’ve heard from a few of our students about limiting access to the Webster Library to those with valid ID cards only.

We do limit access to Webster and Vanier Libraries to people with Concordia IDs between the hours of 23:00 and 7:00.

As we are publicly funded however, we are committed to being open to the public during regular hours.

We often get this comment and were curious to see just how many people were actually non-card carrying students.  It turns out that fewer than 10% of the people in the Library at any given time are non-Concordians.

The current renovations which will be completed within the next year, will double the seating space at the Webster Library which should more than meet current demand.

There is additional quiet student space downtown at the Grey Nuns Reading Room, which is restricted to people with valid Concordia IDs only.

Please see our website for location and opening hours of the Grey Nuns Reading Room: http://library.concordia.ca/locations/grey-nuns.php

There is also additional study space at the Vanier Library on the Loyola campus, which is open 24/7 for the academic year and for those with valid Concondia IDs between the hours of 23:00 and 7:00.

Concordia has also assembled some lists of great study spaces on both campuses, please see the links below:

 

 

Starting a new academic year at Concordia!

Welcome from Concordia University Library to all of our new and returning students!

We welcome your comments, suggestions, reports of problems, and questions about our services or facilities, just click on the Feedback button on any of the Library webpages.

We have a lot of great workshops and services for you at the Library.

Undergrad? Check out the Fall 2016 General Library Workshops – they are open to everyone, no registration required.

Graduate student?  Check out the GradProSkills Fall 2016 Library Workshops – registration is required.

Keep up-to-date with library services and facilities by reading our What’s New, Announcements and Notices  and you can subscribe with to the RSS feed.

You can also follow Concordia Library on Twitter and Instagram: @ConcordiaLib – for news, information about our collections and services.

Temporary Entrances for Webster Library:

As part of Phase 3 of the Webster Library Transformation project, LB-2 is closed for renovations. The main staircase entrance to the Webster Library is closed until February 2017 as it is part of this phase of construction.

Visitors may enter the library via the temporary entrance on MacKay St. which provides stairs from street level to LB-3 or via the LB-1 elevator closest to the bookstore which goes directly to LB-3.

Signage has been posted on MacKay St. and on LB-1 indicating the temporary entrances.

Services that used to be on LB-2 (Circulation Desk, Reference Desk and the Course Reserves Room), as well as the book drop and newspapers display, are now on LB-3 in the MacKay St. / de Maisonneuve St. W. corner.

Phase 3 of the renovations is probably the largest of the 4 phases since it will encompass all of LB-2, including the entrance, the circulation and reference desks, and the main staircase. Work started on LB-2 Bishop St. side in March and on MacKay St. on May 10. The targeted date of completion is January 31, 2017.

To follow all the news about the Webster Library Transformation Project and renovations, check out the Webster Library Transformation Blog.

We’re looking forward to another great year at Concordia!