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The NSCAD University Library manages the largest dedicated collection of visual arts, craft and design materials in Atlantic Canada.

NSCAD Library Catalogue: Quick Link

Start searching Novanet, the Library's Catalogue 


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Library and Visual Resources Collection Hours

Library Hours - Summer 2022
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.



Visual Resources Collection (VRC) Hours

The VRC is located on the 3rd floor of Fountain (Duke) Campus

MONDAY - FRIDAY 9:30-4:15


For VRC information, contact

Library Staff - Contact Us

Circulation Desk
(902) 494 8196

Detta Morrison-Phillips
Interlibrary Loans/Serials Technician

(902) 494-8255 phone

Katie Puxley
Systems Librarian

(902) 494-8181 phone

Rebecca Young
Director of Library Services (University Librarian)

(902) 444-7212 phone


Where to Find Us

Library Policies

Please note the library is currently not accepting donations of books or other items. If you wish to donate to support the library, please go to

Remote Access

As a NSCAD student, faculty, or staff member you have access to full-text journals, indexes, ebooks, streaming videos, and image materials that are available to you from anywhere. To access digital content, you will need to use your NSCAD username and password, the same combination as NSCAD self-serve. If you have forgotten your NSCAD password, use the NSCAD Password Manager to reset your password. 

Login to Brightspace

Link to Brightspace, NSCAD's Learning Management System


As of July 1, 2022:

  • Masks are no longer required on NSCAD campuses. There may be members of the university community who choose to wear masks, and we support everyone’s right to do so.
  • Masks continue to be required for the Extended Studies summer camps.
  • Students, faculty and staff are not required to provide proof of full vaccination to work and study on campus, although the university emphatically supports vaccines and the importance of full vaccination. This requirement may change based on health and safety risks to our community and NSCAD will consider reinstating a vaccine requirement if necessary.
  • NSCAD will continue to update the COVID tracker on and offer rapid antigen test kits at the Service Centre while they are available.

About the Library

The NSCAD University Library manages the largest dedicated collection of visual arts, craft and design materials in Atlantic Canada. The collection supports the research and curriculum needs of the University, as well as providing basic resources in the visual arts. The Library offers over 50,000 books and periodicals, as well as a growing collection of digital resources and full-text databases.

The NSCAD Visual Resources Collection houses an array of unique collections within our overall holdings. These collections include rare books, artists' books, printed matter, exhibition catalogues, and archival records. The identified archival collections of NSCAD University include documentation of the institution's central role in contemporary art in Nova Scotia, as well as a unique collection of rare books and artists’ books that reflect the history of teaching at NSCAD. The Library and all of its collections are housed in NSCAD's Fountain Campus, at the corner of Duke and Hollis Streets in downtown Halifax.


If you missed our virtual orientation, you can review the slides as a PDF below!