All about the Library services during the pandemic

March 1, 2021

Wearing a surgical mask is mandatory at all times in the Library, except when you are alone in an individual study room.

Access to the Library

Members of the Polytechnique Montréal community can access the Library spaces during the opening hours. You can :

Bring your Polytechnique Montréal ID card and make sure to comply with the sanitary instructions established by the institution. To know more about acessing the Lassonde buildings, check the Access to building and services page.

Borrowing and returning documents

Contactless borrowing

To borrow a document:

  • Find the document in the discovery tool Sofia;
  • Click on the title of the document;
  • Click on the Obtenir button;
  • Follow the instructions to connect and reserve the document, then click on Envoyer
  • The Library will send you a confirmation email, and you will have to retrieve the document at the circulation desk.

Need help to find a document?

Sofia - Title

Return of material

You can return documents in the bins located at both Pavillons Lassonde entrances. One bin is located at the first floor entrance (accessible without an identity card). The second bin is located at the 7th floor entrance (identity card required). You can drop your documents in the Library bookdrop located at the Library entrance. Please note that returned materials will be in quarantine for 24 hours before being checked in.

Course Reserve

Books from the Reserve may be borrowed, one at a time, for a period of 24 hours, until further notice.

Interlibrary loan

The interlibrary loan (ILL) service is maintained, but as all sectors are affected, some documents may be more difficult to obtain than usual. 

Do you need help with ILL? Contact us at

Electronic resources

Our digital collections (e-books, articles, conference papers, etc.) are remotely available to Polytechnique Montréal students, professors, and employees. To access electronic resources from outside the campus, you must configure the proxy on your computer, tablet or phone.

→ Discover how to configure the proxy
→ Search in the discovery tool Sofia and access databases to find documents.
→ Browse our subject guides to find useful resources.

Resources on E-Learning

Our guide about engineering education includes a section on e-learning. Check it out to discover useful resources that are remotely accessible.

Scan service

Journal articles and book chapters can be scanned and emailed, according to the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. Visit our website to learn about our scan service.

Printer, scanner and photocopier

To use the scanner and photocopier, you must make an appointment.

To use the printer, reserve a place with a computer in L-7607. To charge your printing account, use the usual charging stations.


To ensure you a smooth entry to Polytechnique Montréal, the Library offers two webinars covering its services:

  • Resources and services provided by the Library Replay
  • Find journal articles in the Library databases – Replay

Contactless 3D Printing

Members of Polytechnique community can send their request by email, following the usual procedure. The library technician will take care of the printing process and will provide the item to the user without contact (item is desinfected with a wipe then placed on a tray). The payment of the fee is made online, in the user's account accessible through the Sign in button in the discovery tool Sofia.

Need Help?

We are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your questions and help you find the resources you need. Do not hesitate to contact us!

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Professors and Researchers

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