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Reading Week 2021: what’s open, what’s closed

Some services will be unavailable on March 4 and 5
February 16, 2021
By Sylvie Babarik

Black and white photo of a university campus in winter. University faculty and staff will have both March 4 and 5 off this year.

This year’s Reading Week runs from March 1 to 5 for Concordia students. During most of that time, many services remain as available as under current COVID-19 conditions. However, some will pause on March 4 and 5, 2021. See below for further details.

Access to campus during Reading Week

Faculty, staff and graduate students who are on the recurring access list can continue to work in offices, labs and studios. As usual, they will need to know their IDs and check in with Campus Security before going to their campus destination.


During Reading Week, Concordia’s Webster and Vanier libraries continue to offer the services they have adapted to provide support during the pandemic. These include article and chapter scans and deliveries, contactless book pickup, interlibrary loans and Ask A Librarian, which allows students to chat or Zoom with librarians for specific assistance.

Individual study spaces and reading rooms will also remain open. Students must continue to book them on the Concordia Library website — the best resource for hours and other key library information.

Birks Student Service Centre

The Birks Student Service Centre will be closed from March 4 to March 7, and will resume operations on March 8. Therefore, those with time-sensitive requests should be in touch as soon as possible or expect slight delays in response times during that week.

Campus stores

The Book Stop continues to operate online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Print Store and Art Store will be closed on March 4 and 5, and will reopen on March 8. Normally, art supplies can be purchased from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — credit and debit only.

IITS Service Desk

The IITS Service Desk will continue providing remote service during Reading Week. Students, faculty and staff can call or email for IT help from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.


The Loyola Campus parking lots and the J.W. McConnell (LB) Building parking garage remain open during Reading Week.

The Faubourg (FB) Building parking garage remains closed until fall 2021 due to renovations.

Wellness services

All campus wellness services will be closed from March 4 to 7. This includes:

  • The Access Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • Counselling and Psychological Services
  • Health Services

Emergency and crisis resources

Those in need of emergency or crisis support services will continue to have help options.

In Montreal:

Elsewhere in Canada:

Outside of Canada:

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program remains available to employees around the clock, seven days a week. For support and service, contact Concordia’s external provider Homewood Health at the following numbers:

English services: 1-800-663-1142

French services: 1-866-398-9505

International (call collect): 1-604-689-1717

TTY: 1-888-384-1152

Food services

Cafeterias and cafés will remain closed, as they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.

Athletic facilities

Campus athletic facilities — including the PERFORM Centre — continue to be closed.


Follow all COVID-19 campus news and updates on the Concordia website.

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