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Current Library Services: Students

January 2022 Changes

Effective January 4th, 2022, the library will be shifting to remote services, in alignment with the University.  

Service Changes:

  • The Library building will be closed until February 7 (no direct access to books, computers or study spaces).
  • Students, faculty, and staff will still be able to place requests for physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) for curbside pickup, mail delivery or digitization using the Quickfind system.  For details about how to request items, check the Requests tab.
  • Items from Reserves and Textbooks For All are available for request through Quickfind for overnight loan periods. Requested items will be available for in-person pick up during the following times:
    • Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    • Please note that these items no longer be available in the book lockers or mailed out.
    • The Library is currently operating with minimal in-person staffing. Thus, the processing time of hold requests and/or the scheduled pick up hours might be affected.
    • For questions about reserves and reading lists, please visit our reading list guide or email
  • Laptops will be available for request through Quickfind and the book locker system.
  • All other library services will be available remotely.  
  • Library staff are available via chat, text, and email
Online Assistance

Building Access

Online Books and Journals
  • We subscribe to thousands of e-journals, e-books, and databases and you can access them 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
  • The best place to start is Quick Find, the Archer Library portal to our entire collection. To find full text items in Quick Find, refine your search using the "Full text online" filter.
  • Information about searching Quick Find can be found here. If you are having trouble finding what you need, you can reach us via chat, email or text (306-993-1116).
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library's Emergency access has ended.
  • We also have a broad range of research guides available to help you locate information.
  • When connecting to e-journals, e-books, and databases from Quick Find from off-campus you will need to authenticate using EZProxy. Normally, you will be directed to an authentication page where you need to enter your username and password (also used for Webmail and URCourses).  If you are having trouble logging in with your username/password, please contact the IT Support Desk or visit our off-campus access page.

Material Requests

  • The Archer Library provides three options for requesting physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) from the library collection:
    • Curbside pickup of materials will continue through our contact-free book pickup lockers  
    • Mail delivery to your home (only within Canada)
    • Digital delivery (where permitted by licenses and copyright)
  • Please note that delays may be experienced with the curbside pickup, mail out, and digitization services.
  • Requesting "Pickup", "Mail Delivery", and "Digitization" has been activated in Quick Find! Look for the request options on item records to place requests directly in the catalog. Learn more about requests and pickup.
  • Please note: 
    • Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot accept student requests to digitize commercial textbooks.  If you are an instructor, please contact your subject librarian and they can assist you with course materials.
    • Please be aware that most commercial textbook publishers do not allow libraries to purchase or license electronic textbooks, so in many cases we cannot provide digital access to those materials.
    • Library materials from Federated Colleges (Campion, Luther, First Nations University of Canada) will be picked up and returned at the Archer Library (except for First Nations University campuses in Saskatoon and Prince Albert).

Borrowing Information