Webster Library will temporarily close to the public from Sun. Feb. 19 at 11 p.m. to Wed. Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

In order to move services as part of the Webster Library renovation, the Webster Library will close entirely to the public on Sunday, February 19 at 11 p.m. and reopen to the public on Wednesday, February 22 at 9 a.m.

The Grey Nuns Reading Room and Vanier Library will remain open during that period.

Grey Nuns hours:

Sunday, Feb 19th -> 10am-5pm

Monday, Feb 20th & Tuesday, Feb 21st-> 9am – 9pm

Vanier Library hours: 

Sunday, Feb 19th – Tuesday, Feb 21st -> 24 hours

Shuttle Bus Schedule: http://www.concordia.ca/maps/shuttle-bus.html#reading 

Please see the article on the Student Hub for more information: http://www.concordia.ca/students/cunews/main/stories/2017/02/13/library-closures.html

 

 

Switzerland room – temperature & repairs

You wrote:

Feedback on new second floor,  Room Switzerland is very cold (ventilation loud) + door
on the right makes noise.

Thank you for your comments.

The doors on the Switzerland room were repaired and no longer squeak. The ventilation noise is being verified and should be repaired today.  A piece has been ordered to adjust the temperature in Switzerland the room and we are waiting for it to arrive.  Unfortunately, the room temperature will remain lower until the piece arrives. We are also following up with the contractor.

 

Welcome back!

Welcome to all of our new and returning students, staff and faculty.

The library is offering a series of workshops about library services and resources for all interested students in 2017.  Please see our website for more details and to register: http://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/

There is help available at the Wesbter and Vanier reference desks and on ask-a-librarian live chat: http://library.concordia.ca/help/questions/

Please note, Webster’s LB4 is now closed and is set to reopen in Fall 2017.  The books from LB4 are being sent to offsite storage, from which faculty, staff and students can request their retrieval, starting Jan 12, 2017.  For more details about the LB4 book move and storage, please consult our website: http://library.concordia.ca/help/circulation/lb-4-book-move.php

A reminder that details about all library renovations are available on the Webster Library Transformation blog: http://library.concordia.ca/webster-transformation/ 

We hope you have a great winter semester!

Lack of space at Concordia Library

You wrote:

It took me 3 hours to find a study spot this weekend.  3. Hours. Because any and all students from other universities are allowed here. I have never felt like concordia has failed me to this degree before. I pay my tuition. I want to pass my classes. I pay for the resources to pass these classes. My friend that was searching with me, another paying concordia student, had a severe anxiety attack because of it. We went to BOTH campuses and not one spot to be had. I can’t believe there is such a blatant disregard for Concordia’s own students. I have a final Tomorrow and wasted my day trying to study.

Thank you for your message.  We are sorry that it took you so long to find a place to study this weekend.  This week was record-breaking for us in terms of library attendance.  Unfortunately, over the years, the Library size has not increased proportionately to the increase in student enrollment.  We hope that when the Webster Library Transformation is completed, this will be less of an occurrence.

Regarding your comment about non-Concordia students using the library, in the past, when we checked ID cards at the door, we found that the vast majority of library users were in fact our own students.  Furthermore, when we start checking ids, our sister institutions also start checking for ids, thus, restricting access to their libraries. We also posted a blog about this issue back in October: https://libsuggestions.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/webster-library-as-a-public-space/ 

On this webpage, http://library.concordia.ca/locations/study-spaces.php , there are links to listings of study spaces outside the library.  Also, depending on where you live, you may want to consider visiting a public library.  You can browse for public libraries near your home at this website:  http://cbq.banq.qc.ca/cbq

Once again, we are sorry that you had a frustrating experience finding a place to study this weekend.  We hope your exam went well.

 

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