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Study Spaces

Thunder Bay Chancellor Paterson Library Study Space : Fall 2020

Chancellor Paterson Library in Thunder Bay is now providing 40 individual study spaces on the main floor of the library to Lakehead students.

  • Students must book study spaces at least one hour in advance, via the Seat booking system.
  • Seats are available for three hour blocks, 9:00am to 12:00pm, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
  • Electrical outlets are limited. Fully charge your device at home before visiting the library.

seats in the library

Before entering the library, stop and answer the following COVID-19 screening questions:

  • Are you currently, or have you in the past 24 hours, been feeling unwell OR do you have any new unexplained symptoms related to COVID-19?
  • Have you been in close contact with someone who is confirmed to currently have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you or any of your close contacts recently had symptoms and now are waiting on a COVID-19 test result?
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?

If you answered YES to ANY of these questions, do not enter the library.

Upon Arrival

Up to 15 minutes prior to your booking, join the line in front of the Chancellor Paterson Library main doors with your Lakehead University ID card and while wearing a mask. Before entering, a library employee will confirm your booking with you. Once inside, find the seat number listed on your reservation. Please do not change seats or move the furniture, it has been organized to respect physical distancing.

Your health and safety is important to us. Please respect the following guidelines:

According to University policy, wearing masks on campus and in all public indoor spaces, including libraries, is mandatory at all times.

Please respect the 2 metre distancing protocol when possible.

Study spaces are for quiet, individual work. Group work is not permitted.

The library study spaces will be cleaned after each 3-hour booking period. Please ensure you respect your booking, and leave on time to ensure we have ample time to clean the space for the next students. You may leave before your booking is over. Please exit without lingering or talking with other students. This helps ensure the quiet study and social distance protocols.

These study spaces are not traditional library spaces. Circulating through the stacks or using common areas is not permitted. Lakehead students, faculty and staff members who need to borrow a book are to use the OMNI search system to request the item they need for “Click and Collect” book pickup.

You may leave before your reservation time ends, or at the end of your reservation time. Please exit without lingering or talking with other students. This helps ensure the quiet study and social distance protocols.

Reusable water bottles and sealed drink containers are permitted, and water fountains are available to refill your water bottle. Food is not allowed in the study seat area.

Power sources are limited. We recommend that users leave home with a fully charged device in case an outlet isn’t available. Public computers are not accessible.

Other Libraries

In Orillia, the Orillia Education Library is closed. Students may use the Click and Collect service, and pick up items from the Orillia Harvie Legacy Library.

The Orillia Harvie Legacy Library, in Simcoe Hall, will be open for Click and Collect pickup of books. Please email for pickup information. The Orsi Family Learning Commons, in Simcoe Hall, is also open for individual study space. Study spaces in the Orsi Family Learning Commons will be on a first come first served basis. Students must wear a mask, and must check in with security staff upon entering Simcoe Hall.

In Thunder Bay, the Education Library is closed, but will be offering Click and Collect pickup of education materials at the Bora Laskin Building as of September 10.

The Thunder Bay Bora Laskin Law Library is closed. Law students may use the Click and Collect service, and pick up law items from Chancellor Paterson Library.

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2020 10:26 AM