The Library has moved to mainly 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 are working on campus and remotely to support as many requests and services as possible during the closure.
In order to see all of the material available to you in the Novanet catalogue and place requests for items in Novanet libraries and interlibrary loan requests for digital material from other libraries, you need to sign in to the catalogue with a library barcode and password.
To register while campuses are currently closed:
-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.
-You can arrange to pick up a barcode by contacting Jan Fralic-Brown
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.
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 have graduated from NSCAD, but need to continue to use the catalogue, borrow materials from Novanet libraries, 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. You can place requests for items from NSCAD and other Novanet member libraries. To borrow from the NSCAD library, or have items from other Novanet libraries delivered to NSCAD for you while access to most campuses is restricted, we have developed a "Curbside/Service Centre Pick-up Service”. Here’s how it works:
1. In the Novanet catalogue you can use your barcode and password to place requests for circulating items, or, if you are a NSCAD student, staff or faculty, you can alternatively fill out an online form found on in the NSCAD Forms Portal.
2. Someone from the owning institution's library staff will:
3. To pick up your material:
Yes, you can. Here are your options to return items you borrowed from NSCAD and other Novanet libraries, as well as items borrowed directly from any Nova Scotia public library:
If you are returning items borrowed through Interlibrary Loans (e.g. from libraries outside Novanet, or from public libraries outside the area you live in), please bring them directly to NSCAD, following either option 1 or option 2 above.
Extended loans to January 30, 2021 will be provided for all loans while classes remain primarily online for the Fall. 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 Database A-Z 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 most circulating print books (some Novanet libraries are still not able to provide access to their print collections), ebooks and full text content through the Novanet Catalogue*:
To see what services are available at other Novanet libraries you can find links to their websites on the Novanet home page. Links to Novanet member libraries are at the top right of the page.
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 will attempt to provide them in alternate formats, and we can assist with making resources available through Brightspace. 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 links for content licensed through our online databases and place them in your Brightspace course. This service is available to all NSCAD Faculty and instructors.
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 our catalogue. Requests for physical materials, articles or book chapters from libraries outside of Novanet may be submitted and will be filled depending upon availability. For more information, contact Detta Morrison-Phillips or Jan Fralic-Brown.