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NSCAD Library: Interlibrary Loan

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


Novanet Express is a service developed and used by Novanet libraries to allow them to share books and other items with each other. If you see a book in the Novanet library catalogue that is available at another institution it can be delivered to you quickly for free!

Books or other physical items can be delivered to the Novanet library of your choice.

Delivery time for is 3-5 business days. When your item arrives, you will receive a notice in your NSCAD email to pick up your item at the Library. Items are held for 5 days from delivery. 

For more information on Novanet Express, see our Interlibrary Loan Guide

Information for Other Libraries

If you are an outside institution seeking to borrow material from NSCAD Library, please use this form. The form requires that you are registered within Relais; if you do not have a password, please contact Detta Morrison-Phillips

For more information on borrowing from the NSCAD Library, please see our Interlibrary Loan Guide.  


The NSCAD Library is a partner in an interlibrary loan group called CAUL-DDG (Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique Document Delivery Group).  We use an automated system called Relais to manage the delivery of materials from one library to another. This system allows us to quickly order books, articles and other media from libraries in the Atlantic region, across Canada, and around the world. In turn, we loan our circulating materials to patrons of libraries outside the Novanet system.

As a partner in Novanet, we also participate in a free document delivery service between Novanet libraries called Novanet Express.


Requesting A Book:

  1. Access the Novanet catalogue from home or library computers.
  2. Log in with your 14-digit barcode and your password (the last 4 digits of your phone number). *
  3.  Search for an item.
  4.  Click on the item title.
  5.   Select Hold to request a book. You will be notified that Action Succeeded.
  6. You will be notified in your email account if your request has been filled or cancelled. 
  7. .You will receive email notification when the item arrives at your chosen pickup location.

Requesting an Article:

Article requests must be placed through the Request Item Through Document Delivery option (Relais).

For more information, please see the Interlibrary Loan Guide


Are you a NSCAD student, staff or faculty member searching the Novanet Catalogue and not finding what you need?
Use this form to order items from libraries outside the Novanet system.

User Login = 14 digit barcode number (eg 29360… ) on the NSCAD ID or Novanet full service Off-Campus borrowers card
Password = the password you use for accessing your Novanet library account. This password will be the last 4 digits of your phone number registered with the NSCAD Library unless you have changed it.

If your login is not successful or for any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Document Delivery Staff via email at or by phone at 902-494-8255.
Check the Interlibrary Loan Guide if you have questions or are having problems using the form.


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Detta Morrison-Phillips
NSCAD University Library

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS

B3J 3J6