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

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! 

NSCAD Library Catalogue: Quick Link

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 and Visual Resources Collection Hours

Library  Hours

Due to the increased number of COVID cases impacting our community, some services have changed for January 2022:

Until further notice, and as of Jan. 17th, during our open hours the library will be open to NSCAD students, staff, and faculty ONLY.
For all other borrowers we will offer curbside drop-off and pick-up**
 ONLY . 

Our regular hours from Monday, January 17 to Wednesday, April 27 will be:
MON. - THU. : 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FRI.: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SAT. & SUN.: 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

**To return or pickup items outside the library's exit door on Duke St., please contact Janice Fralic-Brown ahead of time at, or 902-452-9351.

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 this week of January 17 through the 21, visits to the VRC will require an appointment.  

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

Lelland Reed
Collections and Systems Librarian

(902) 494-8181 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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