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Currently housing a collection of over 50,000 books and periodicals in the visual and media arts, craft, fashion, and design, the NSCAD University Library is the only Library in Atlantic Canada specializing in the fine arts and design fields.

The Library also incorporates a number of special collections for exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, printed matter, and rare books in specialized subject fields.

A major feature of the Library is the Visual Resources Collection. Staff of the Visual Resources Collection create digital images and provide assistance with digital image presentation and editing to faculty and students. Digital images are currently available through a number of licensed image databases. The Visual Resources Collection also has a large collection of 35mm slides, as well as 16mm films, DVDs, videos, CDs and audio tapes.

As the premier art library collection in Atlantic Canada, the NSCAD University Library enjoys a rich and diverse history. Believed to have existed since the early, heady days of the College, the Library has developed from an eclectic collection of principals’ books to an academic library of national standing.

The Library is a partner in the Novanet group; a Nova Scotia university library consortium which facilitates the loaning of library materials between University and College libraries and provides a shared online catalogue for research and discovery.

Exhibit Your Work in the Library
The Library encourages members of the NSCAD community to use its space to display and share their works of art.

If interested in exhibiting in the Library, please fill out the form and submit it to a Full-Time staff member at the NSCAD Library.

Rear Projection: a text-based installation by collaborative artist duo Nicole Raufeisen and Ryan Witt. The architectural work was accessed through a small peephole in the door on the Library's 3rd floor. © 2010

Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere (BARA)
NSCAD's Library now offers library cards at no cost through the Libraries Nova Scotia initiative. Access over 100 participating libraries -- borrow at one library and return to another with Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere.