Coutts Library Closure FAQs
Will there still be access to the collection that was at Coutts Library?
Yes, the physical collection remains accessible regardless of location. Much of the collection will be relocated to Rutherford North and all circulating materials will be accessible by placing a hold in our online catalogue.
Where will the collection be relocated?
The high-use materials of the Education collection will be relocated to the 2nd floor of Rutherford North. This includes curriculum materials, children’s literature, and manipulatives. Current print books will also be housed in Rutherford Library. Some kinesiology materials will be housed in the Scott Health Sciences Library, and lower use items will be housed at the Research & Collections Resource Facility.
Will previously donated items still be available?
Yes, donated items will be available in the same way as the rest of the collection.
Where will the puppets/robots/educational games be located?
Puppets, robots, and educational games will be located on the 2nd floor of Rutherford North.
Physical Space Concerns
Will the collection be accessible for those with mobility concerns?
Rutherford North main floor has an elevator on the south wall near the Service Desk and two additional elevators in the north-eastern corner. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are located on Rutherford North Floors 1-5. All washrooms have automatic door openers. More information on accessibility of Rutherford Library is on our website.
Will students have realistic access to group rooms and study space after the closure of the space?
The Library continues to monitor and ensure that a wide variety of spaces are available for students, including rooms for group work and study.
Will there be enough computers available for students?
The Library is working with IST to ensure that levels of computer access are sufficient to meet demand.
Will there be a family-friendly space from the library to address the loss of Coutts?
Everyone is welcome in our Library spaces. The space that will be created on the 2nd floor of Rutherford North will include children’s literature and puppets. Staff and students are welcome to bring children into this space.
What will happen to the existing space?
The space falls under the responsibility of Facilities & Operations. As always, the Library and Faculty of Education will provide feedback to F&O of what we have heard from students, faculty, and other users.
Will there be specific signage in Rutherford for Education students to locate their materials?
Yes, there will be. Our team will work with our partners in the faculty of Education, Facilities & Operations, with accessibility in mind as well.
Will we still have access to our librarians?
Yes, Education librarians will be available in their Rutherford offices and the KSR librarian will be the Health Sciences library. They will continue to meet faculty and students in classes and in person in Education and Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. During COVID times, they are available remotely. There are other librarians in their team who have Education degrees and are keen to work with the Faculty as well.
Will you still provide library expertise to in-service teachers?
Will the library still have their display case in the Education Building?
The library display case in Education will remain and Rutherford staff are excited about mounting appropriate displays. We will also be creating displays and events related to Education in the Rutherford Library.
Will librarians be able to come to Education to deliver in-class teaching and classroom orientation?
Yes, and are looking forward to continuing this work together.
Will there be consultation with students, faculty and staff regarding how the library will meet the needs of students in the new space?
The Library will reach out to student groups to engage with them about how we can meet their needs.
Will I be able to arrange delivery of materials for our classes?
We are working on that plan and will share details as soon as it is complete.
Will Rutherford Library be able to handle the influx of students from Education and provide hands-on workshops?
Yes, we have lots of space in the Rutherford Library. Librarians will continue to come to the Education Building to deliver required instruction in classes. Librarians also deliver hands-on sessions in multiple library and IST lab locations and this will continue.
How can we share our concerns to library staff?