Books: Material in the circulating collection is available for three-week loans for all NSCAD undergraduate students, staff, and public patrons, and 60-day loan for faculty and graduate students of Novanet institutions.

Returning Library Materials: You can return items from any academic or public library in Nova Scotia to any other academic or public library in Nova Scotia.

Fines: Overdue items are charged daily at the following rates: $0.25/day for regular material, $1/day for recalled material, and $5/day for reserve/restricted loans.

Interlibrary Loans and Novanet Express

The NSCAD library is a partner in an interlibrary loan consortium called the CAUL-DDG group. We use an automated system called Relais to manage the delivery of materials from one library to another for the use of our patrons. This system allows us to quickly order books, articles and other media from libraries around the world. In turn, we loan our circulating materials to patrons of libraries outside the Novanet system.

As a partner in Novanet, we also participate in a free document delivery service between Novanet libraries called Novanet Express.

Reference and Instruction

Reference help and instruction is available in the library to anyone. If you would like to make an appointment for in-depth research assistance or request a tour, please call 902-494-8196.

The library also participates in an online, chat based, virtual reference service shared across the province with other universities called LiveHelp. This service can be accessed directly from the Novanet Catalogue.


Students: Reserves (books, articles, DVDs, other material) are available at the circulation desk.  Students can search the Novanet Catalogue, using the reserves tab, to find out what is on reserve for a specific course or instructor. These items are available for three-hour loans in library and one-hour loans outside the library.

Faculty: Please supply a course syllabus when submitting material for reserve. This will enable the library to have reserve items available to students when needed.