The Library has moved to virtual operations as the NSCAD campuses are currently not open. As of 18 March, 2020, NSCAD Campus access is limited to all but essential personnel or for employees needing to access the campus for a very limited time and purpose. Library staff have begun to return to campus in a limited, but regular way, and so are working both remotely and on site to support as many requests and services that are possible during the closure.
Registering with the Library to place Interlibrary Loan requests and fully search the Novanet catalogue:
In order to see all of the material available to you in the Novanet catalogue and place interlibrary loan requests for digital material, you need to sign in to the catalogue with a library barcode and password (different from a Webadvisor username and password).
If you are a current NSCAD student, staff or faculty member, and haven't used the library, your barcode should be on the back of your ID card, and your password should be the last four digits of your phone number.*
If you are a NSCAD student, staff or faculty member who does not have a library barcode, you can receive the barcode and password by registering with the library through the Form Portal on NSCAD's Navigator page.
If you have graduated from NSCAD, but need to continue to use the catalogue and place interlibrary loan requests for digital articles and book chapters, please email Janice Fralic-Brown to register with the library.
*If you have your barcode and password, but are still unable to log in to the catalogue, your patron account, or the Interlibrary loan request form, please contact Janice Fralic-Brown or Detta Morrison-Phillips for assistance.
Yes. We have developed a "Curbside/Service Centre Pick-up Service” so that registered Novanet patrons can borrow items from the Library's on-site circulating collections during the closure. Here’s how it works:
1. In the Novanet catalogue you can place holds for circulating items in our collection, or, if you are a NSCAD student, staff or faculty, you can fill out an online form found on in the NSCAD Forms Portal.
2. Someone from the library staff will:
3. To pick up your material:
The Killam library at Dalhousie University (6225 University Ave.) has a 24 hour outside book drop available for public use, as well as the book drops at Public Libraries. Some Novanet libraries are also allowing items from other libraries to be returned at their location but you should check on their website before heading to them. Also, if you have permission to access the Fountain campus on other business, you can leave your returned library material with Security and they will put it in the library.
Extended loans to September 30 2020 will be provided for all loans during this period of time except for items that were originally loaned prior to this academic year (i.e. items that are months overdue). Further good news – there will be no overdue fines on any general loan materials. This applies to all borrowers, including members of the public as well as our academic communities.
The Library has pages on our guide to help you access Library resources from home.
Our databases page will help you get online access to full-text articles, ebooks, journals and streamed videos: Databases A-Z
You can still get access to ebooks and full text content through the Novanet Catalogue*: Novanet
*only those ebooks and full text articles explicitly available to all Novanet borrowers and NSCAD patrons.
For general information on using resources while off-campus, use the Off Campus Access page: Off Campus Access
For faculty who have course reserve items, we are working on providing them in alternate formats, and we can assist with making resources available through Brightspace if needed. Please send any requests for library materials (books, print resources, DVDs, streamed content) to me, Rebecca Young, Director of Library Services. Library staff and myself will endeavour to find licensed and open access digital versions of texts, readings, video, journals and so on.
For your course readings, you should take advantage of our Syllabus Service:
We can assist you in making your course readings easily accessible to students through Brightspace while respecting NSCAD licensing agreements and Canadian copyright. Using your course reading list, a Librarian will create persistent URLs (PURLs) for content licensed through our online databases and place them in your Brightspace course content space. This service is available to all NSCAD Faculty.
While preparing your course materials, you can check out our copyright guidelines here.
Requests for books within Novanet can now be filled (with some exceptions), using Novanet Classic. Requests for physical materials from libraries outside Novanet are still not able to be filled and currently are being automatically cancelled. Requests for articles or book chapters may be submitted and will be filled depending upon availability. For more information, contact Detta Morrison-Phillips or Jan Fralic-Brown.