COVID-19 Updates

Service and Operations Protocols

Last updated: May 1, 2022

The John M. Kelly Library is pleased to welcome patrons into our facilities in a safe manner. Mask mandates continue to be in effect across the University of Toronto campus.

Check out our current library hours.

Please email us at if you have any questions.

All patron types may enter the Kelly Library. A TCard is required if you wish to borrow materials.

Find out how to get a TCard.

Yes. All patrons are welcome to visit the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Library, located on the fourth floor of the Kelly Library. You can find the up-to-date PIMS library hours on the PIMS website.

Yes. The Kelly Café is open and is offering food and beverage service and we welcome you to relax and enjoy a meal in the space. All patrons entering and using the Kelly Café are encouraged to observe physical distancing and wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

Patrons are required to wear face masks while in the Kelly Library building, except while consuming food in the café. This will be enforced. Patrons are encouraged to observe physical distancing in the library. Physical distancing is required while in the Kelly Café.

A “one strike” mask policy will be in effect. Patrons that have to be asked to wear a mask a second time will be escorted out by security.

Patrons are permitted to drink beverages while in the library building. Food may only be consumed in the Kelly Café. This will be enforced.

All patrons wishing to access the Special Collections Reading Room must do so by appointment only. Check Reading Room hours and how to book an appointment.

No. Our group study rooms will remain closed until further notice.

While all our floors, study areas, and borrowing services have resumed in-person at the library, we will continue to offer the majority of our academic and references services remotely using virtual meeting spaces, email, or by telephone. All research and writing help consultations will take place online until further notice.