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NSCAD Library: Interlibrary Loan

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

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service that allows libraries to share their collections with other libraries. Once you have registered with the NSCAD Library, you can borrow items from other libraries using your NSCAD account. This page is a quick guide to Interlibrary Loan at the NSCAD Library. For more information, check out the NSCAD Interlibrary Loan Guide!

The NSCAD Library is a partner in an interlibrary loan group called CAUL-DDG (Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique Document Delivery Group). As a partner in Novanet, we also participate in a free document delivery service among Novanet libraries called Novanet Express. 

We use a system called Relais to manage the delivery of materials from one library to another. This system allows us to order books, articles and other media from libraries in the Atlantic region, across Canada, and around the world. In turn, we loan our circulating materials to patrons of libraries outside the Novanet system. To request an item using Relais, use this form

Using Interlibrary Loan

Are you a NSCAD student, staff or faculty member searching the Novanet Catalogue and not finding what you need?
Use this form to order items from libraries outside the Novanet system.

User Login = 14 digit barcode number (eg 29360… ) on the NSCAD ID card or Off-Campus borrowers card
Password = the password you use for accessing your Novanet library account. This password is the last 4 digits of your phone number registered with the NSCAD Library.

If your login is not successful or for any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Document Delivery Staff via email at Check the Interlibrary Loan Guide if you have questions or are having problems using the form.

Requesting Items From Novanet

Requesting A Book:

  1.  Open the Novanet catalogue.
  2.  Log in on the upper right with your 14-digit barcode and your password (the last 4 digits of your phone number). *
  3.  Search for an item.
  4.  Click on the item title.
  5.  Under the heading Get It, select Place a Hold to request a book. Select a pickup location and hit Send RequestYou will be notified that Action Succeeded.
  6.  You will be notified in your NSCAD email account if your request has been filled or cancelled. 
  7.  You will receive email notification when the item arrives at your chosen pickup location.

Requesting an Article or Book Excerpt:

Article or book excerpt requests must be placed through the Request Item Through Document Delivery option (Relais). For more information, please see the Interlibrary Loan Guide


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Detta Morrison-Phillips
NSCAD University Library
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J6
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