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NSCAD Library: COVID-19 Updates

The NSCAD Library is Atlantic Canada’s largest library dedicated to fine arts, craft, and design. It houses an extensive collection of print and media resources, online databases, and special collections to support learning in all subjects taught at NSCAD

NSCAD Library _ COVID-19 Updates

NSCAD Library Support During COVID-19

May 19, 2020

Is the Library Open?

The Library is not open, as of March 18, 2020. NSCAD Campus access is limited to all but essential personnel. Library staff are now working remotely to support as many requests and services that are possible during the closure.

Can I borrow items from the Library?

We are working on a way to provide physical access to the Library's collections during the closure. As of this update, Library staff are developing an online form to place requests for books. One option we are looking at is having a designated pickup time. If you have questions about borrowing books please contact Rebecca Young, Director of the Library at

Can I return my books?

You can no longer return your books or other borrowed items. The good news is that there will be no overdue fines and your loan period will be extended to September 30, 2020.

Will loans be extended?

Extended loans to September 30 2020 will be provided for all loans during this period of time except for:

  • Items that were originally loaned prior to this academic year

How can I use the Library from home?

The Library has pages on our guide to help you access Library resources from home.

For information on accessing digital library content during the pandemic see this guide on Accessing Resources During the Coronavirus

For general information on using resources while off-campus, use the Off Campus Access page: Off Campus Access

Our databases page will help you get online access to full-text articles, ebooks, journals and streamed videos: Databases A-Z

You can still get access to ebooks and full text content through the Novanet Catalogue: Novanet

I am a faculty member and I have items on course reserve. What can I do to make those items available to my students?

For faculty who have course reserve items, we are working on providing them in alternate formats, and we can assist with making resources available through Brightspace if needed.

Can I still request Interlibrary Loans?

Requests for books cannot currently be filled. Requests for articles or book chapters may be submitted and will be filled depending upon availability. 

Who can I contact if I have a question or concern?

Please contact Rebecca Young, Director of Library services: