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NSCAD Library: Borrowing

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


How to Get a Library Card

NSCAD Students, Staff, and Faculty

Your NSCAD identification card is your Library Card for the NSCAD Library and all other Novanet member libraries. You need to register with the NSCAD Library to receive a barcode for your card.

How to register for a card if you are not attending classes in person

Please fill out the patron registration form found in the NSCAD Forms Portal. A library staff member will enter your information in the system and send you an email with your new barcode. When we are able, we will physically update your ID card.

For anyone with a current NSCAD ID who is having problems logging in to the catalogue or the Interlibrary Loan form, please contact either Jan Fralic-Brown or Detta Morrison-Phillips

Other Novanet Institutions' Students, Staff, and Faculty
Students, faculty and staff of other academic institutions in Nova Scotia can use their updated institution's ID card to borrow items from the NSCAD library. 

Members of the Public
Members of the public  have access to and, if they are 18 years of age or older, may also borrow from the collection. They may register to borrow with:
1) a NOVANET borrower's card provided by the NSCAD library (requires two pieces of official ID verifying age and  a local address); or 
2) their own public library borrower's card from any public library system within Nova Scotia (requires one piece of photo ID (verifying age) along with their public library borrower's card).

Students, Staff, and Faculty from other Canadian Academic Institutions
Students, faculty and staff of participating CURBA academic institutions can borrow with their CAUL-CBUACOPPUL, COPPUL Undergrad, BCI, or IUBP cards that have been provided by their home institution.


ID/Off Campus Borrower cards must be used for all loan and renewal transactions. Lost cards and changes of address should be reported immediately to the Circulation Desk or by emailing the Circulation Supervisor.

Library staff: Janice Fralic-Brown

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Janice Fralic-Brown
NSCAD University Library
5163 Duke St.
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J6
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Books, exhibition catalogues, and pamphlet files are available for three-week loan periods for all undergraduate students, staff, and public patrons and term loans (due dates of January 30th, May 30th, and September 30th) for faculty and graduate students of all Novanet institutions.

There is no limit on the number of items you can borrow. The due date is stamped in the back of the book, and you can always check your account on the library catalogue to see what items you have out and when they are due back to the library.

Circulating books are available on the 2nd floor of the library and are arranged on the shelves in call number order according to the Library of Congress classification system. 

Pamphlet files are available in the large filing cabinet in the side room on the 2nd floor and are filed by author or title (if no author is given). 

Exhibition catalogues are filed in cabinets in the Visual Resources Collection (VRC). Non-NSCAD borrowers should first come to the Main Library and ask for assistance if they wish to borrow from the exhibition catalogue collection. NSCAD students, staff, and faculty may usually check out these materials directly from the VRC. The catalogues may be returned to the main library.


You can return items from any academic or public library in Nova Scotia to any other academic or public library in Nova Scotia. There is also a book drop at the Halifax International Airport!



After logging in to your library account on the Novanet catalogue, you can renew your books if:
• they are not due that day, 
• not overdue,
• no-one else has placed a hold on them,
• and if your total amount owing is under $20.00.
There is a maximum of three renewals per item. Use the barcode from your ID card and your library password to access your library account;  Once you're in the catalogue, just click on the "Sign In" button near the top of the search page. 

If you have any questions or problems, contact our circulation desk (902-494-8196) during our open hours for assistance. 


You may place a hold on any item:
          1) out on loan, or
          2) available in library
and will be notified by email when that item has been placed on the hold shelf for you.

If you are a NSCAD patron and have an urgent need for a NSCAD item that is out on loan, it may be recalled and held for you, regardless of the loan period assigned to the original borrower. Ten days are allowed for the return of the item. This may be shortened to three days if the item is overdue. You will be notified by email or phone when the item is available. It will be held for you for seven days.


Overdue Material
Fines on overdue items are charged for every day the library is open, at the following rates:
• Regular material:     no fines
• Recalled material:  $1.00 per day per item
• Reserve material:     $0.25 per hour per item; $5.00 per day per item

For all material, the maximum fine per item is $20.00.
Fines may be paid at any Novanet library.

Lost/Damaged Material
If items are lost or damaged while on loan, borrowers are responsible for paying the current replacement cost, as determined by the library staff. Replacement costs are applied when items are damaged enough to be unusable (for example, any number of pages, or portions of pages, missing or unreadable; pages stuck together; or water damage).


The main reference collection (excluding Archives) is found on the library's first floor for anyone to use within the library.

It includes current issues of print journals, theses, rare books, the Burke Collection, and the Soucy Collection.

Current Issues of Print Journals
Current issues are arranged alphabetically by title on one side of the low standing shelving unit in the centre of the library's first floor. Please consult the A-Z list or ask at the Library Office for access to older issues. 

Archives & Rare Books
All rare and archival material is for anyone to use within the library. To view rare books please call the Library at (902) 494-8229 to book an appointment; to view items in the Archives collection please visit the Visual Resources Collection or call (902) 444-7212.

MFA theses, Art Education theses, Design theses, and MFA graduation show thesis statements are shelved at the end of the reference collection on the first floor of the library. They  can  be used in library. 
The MFA graduation show thesis statements are in grey boxes, arranged by date and then alphabetically by the last name of the student.

David Burke European Art History Collection
This collection of rare books of mainly European Artists and Art History was kindly donated to the NSCAD library by Mr. David Burke in 2008.  Together they provide a detailed look into artists working in a variety of media  throughout the ages.  These materials are available for in-library use and are found on the main floor, shelved by artist last name or title.  The majority of these titles are not available in the Novanet catalogue at this time.

Donald Soucy Early Art Education Collection
The Donald Soucy Collection contains books, pamphlets, journals, and textbooks covering 19th and early 20th century materials for teaching art education. Primarily focused on education for the arts in the schools, this collection is a valuable resource for researchers in the history of art education in North America.

The Donald Soucy Collection is currently housed in the photocopying room on the first floor of the NSCAD Library. These items are non-circulating but appear in the Novanet catalogue.