U of T Libraries has announced that it will be closing Robarts Library and Gerstein Library during the winter break. The decision aligns with the university’s other attempts to combat the Omicron variant of COVID-19, including its cancellation of in-person exams and in-person classes until January 31, which it outlined on December 15.

The announcement was also a change in course from the university’s previous stance that libraries would remain open. U of T Libraries stated in a tweet that keeping libraries open would provide the U of T community with essential resources such as computers, wifi, and the library’s print collection.    

The university added that it will continue to monitor public health and university guidelines in shaping its plans for January. 

U of T has already cancelled some other programs as well, such as its winter 2022 exchange program. However, athletic centres remain open in a limited capacity, with their policy remaining the same as of their update on December 20.