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Science Library closes for renovation beginning May 1, 2024

Transforming library space for the 21st century

April 5, 2024 — 

As part of the Machray Hall redevelopment, the Jim Peebles Science and Technology Library (Science Library) will be closed to walk-in use beginning May 1, 2024.

Access to print and digital collections, librarians, and other services will continue to be available during the closure. The library will undergo a transformation, resulting in new student study spaces and services. Anticipated reopening is in 2026.

Where are the books?

The science collection will still be accessible no matter where it is located.

  • Electronic resources are available anytime, anywhere. UM Libraries provides access to an extensive number of electronic books and journals in the science, engineering, agriculture, and environmental science subject areas. Start your search by visiting the Libraries home page.
  • High-circulating print items will be moved to the Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 3rd floor, until the Science Library reopens.
  • Unique print items can be found in the Library’s Annex and remain available for loan. These titles are unique among academic libraries across Western Canada and will be permanently held in the Libraries Annex.
  • The remaining collection items will be held in off-site storage, still accessible to you by request.

Items from the print collection and offsite storage can be requested for pickup at any UM Libraries location or from a pickup locker.

Where can I work?

Additional study spaces are being added in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Students may also use study spaces in any other UM Libraries location. Check the locations and operating hours.

Group study rooms are available in Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Music Library, Agriculture Building (66 Dafoe Road), Engineering Building (EITC E3), and Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library. Book group study rooms online.

Quiet Pods are available in Elizabeth Dafoe Library for individual use. Book a Quiet Pod.

Public access computers are available in all UM Libraries locations. In addition, laptops and portable chargers can be borrowed from the Laptop Lending locker and Portable Charger kiosk in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library.

Printing and scanning are available in all UM Libraries.

How can I get help?

Subject librarians are still available to support students and instructors from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Environment, Earth, and Resources.  Find your subject librarian.

You may also use our Ask Us online chat if you have any questions.

Helpful links

UM Libraries home page

Libraries locations

Library study spaces

About Quiet Pods

Book a Quiet Pod at Elizabeth Dafoe Library

About group study rooms

Book group study rooms online

Laptop Lending

Portable Charger lending

Printing and scanning


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