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

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Library and Visual Resources Collection Hours

Library  Hours 

Regular Summer hours
Monday, May 9 to Friday, August 19:
MON. - FRI. : 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SUN.: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Visual Resources Collection

The Visual Resources Collection (VRC) is located on the 3rd floor of Duke Campus, and is normally open between the hours of 9:30 and 4:00, Monday to Friday.   

For questions, comments, or appointments: or inquire at the Library Circulation Desk on the main floor.

*Please note that both libraries are closed on holidays and are following the NSCAD COVID-19 protocols 

Library Staff - Contact Us

Circulation Desk
(902) 494 8196

Janice Fralic-Brown
Supervisor of Circulation

(902) 494 8229 phone

Detta Morrison-Phillips
Interlibrary Loans/Serials Technician

(902) 494-8255 phone

Sadie Richards
Library Technician - Cataloguer

(902) 494-8182 phone

Rebecca Young
Director of Library Services (University Librarian)

(902) 444-7212 phone

Where to Find Us

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Link to Brightspace, NSCAD's Learning Management System

Temporary Change to Accessing the Library

Due to the increased number of COVID cases impacting our community, the safety of our students and staff, and the requirements of NSCAD's Return to Campus Plan, there are further changes regarding access to the library from May 1 until June 30th, 2022. 

For all Users: 
Mask wearing is still a requirement on campus and in the library when you are, or could be, within 1 metre distance of another person.
Social distancing is encouraged but not required. 
Please sanitize after using a workspace. 
Food and drink are both permitted in the library.

Community/Off-Campus/Other Novanet Borrowers

You are welcome to visit the library to pick up items or search the collection, but may have to knock on the library door on Sunday afternoons during the 1st Summer semester. If you are hesitant about coming on campus, you may request items ahead of time from the Novanet catalogue and indicate curbside pickup in the note field of your request.  A staff member will then contact you and you can make arrangements to pick them up. You can also arrange for pick up or drop off of library materials by calling 902-494-8196, or emailing Janice Fralic-Brown at jbrown @

You can also drop items off at a public or academic library more convenient to you.

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. 

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

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.


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