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Library Services

The Library is open! The Library Team is ready and available to support students, faculty, and staff in teaching, learning, research, and scholarship, both in-person and virtually.

Current services are detailed below. Get in touch with us by email, phone, or fill in our call-back form. 



Service Highlights

Ensuring a Safe Campus

Hand sanitizer is available throughout the library. Cleaning wipes are also available.

Need a mask? The Library has ASTM level-3 disposable medical grade masks available at the service desk.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are now permitted in the library. Please help to keep our library clean by disposing of any garbage!

Study Rooms

Two group study rooms are available for booking.

Browsing the Collection

Our physical collection is available for browsing during our open hours.

All library users may continue to request items for pickup through Omni. You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup.

Digital Delivery services also continue! Faculty, students, and staff can request portions of eligible physical library materials to be delivered in PDF format by email as allowable under the Canadian Copyright Act and fair dealing guidelines.

With Digital Delivery, you can access a variety of materials such as book chapters, journal articles, government documents, reference works, and more. Your digital copy will be accessible for 30 days and you can open it 10 times, print, or save it to your computer. 

How to Request Digital Delivery:

To request digitized material, such as journal articles or book chapters, locate the item in Omni and click the “Digitization” link. You will need to sign in with your Western ID.

You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your digitized material when it is ready.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Beryl Ivey Library Team at

Printing, Copying, and Scanning

Printing, photocopying, and scanning services are available. Please visit our Print Copy Scan page for more information.

Returning Materials

Please return library materials to one of our drop-bins, located at the service desk or in the Mother St. James library vestibule.

Visitor and Guest Access

We are pleased to welcome alumni, visitors, and guests into the library!

You may also continue to request books through Omni for pickup at the service desk. If you request a book through Omni, please come to campus once you have received an email notifying you your item is ready for pickup.

Research Support

Research Help

Librarians are available for one-on-one support. We can help with topics such as finding academic sources, search strategies, evaluating information, citation, and more! We can also help with virtual technologies, such as OWL or Office 365. Appointments are held virtually or in-person. Reach a Librarian by:

  • Emailing
  • Filling in our Book a Librarian form to make an appointment. We can meet with you virtually by Zoom or phone.
  • Phoning 519-432-8353 x28250.
  • Stop by the Service Desk during our open hours.

For general questions, you are welcome to use our Call-back form. We will respond as soon as we are able, and at least within one business day by your choice of phone or email.

Online Research Resources

There are many online resources available to help you in completing your coursework and research:

  • Omni is our academic search tool. Use it to search for journal articles, e-books, streaming video, and more
  • Databases are very helpful for finding subject-specific journal articles
  • Research Guides can help you to get started in your research. We have a research guide for each program at Brescia
  • Citation Guides for all common styles used in Brescia courses
  • Our Clever Researcher Blog has many research tips and tricks, such as how to develop keywords, Boolean searching, and more!

Course Support

Course Readings

If there are readings you would like to make available for your students, the Library can add physical and electronic reserve materials through the Course Readings program. Please submit your requests via our Course Readings website, or email

If there is a resource you would like purchased, please email the Library at or fill in our Suggest a Title form.

Information Literacy & Teaching Support
Please reach out to Katie Holmes, Learning & Curriculum Support Librarian for further information regarding available research/information literacy support for students.