Borrowing from the Library
For members of the NSCAD community, your ID card, with a barcode on the back, is your library card.

For students, faculty and staff of other academic institutions in Nova Scotia, you can use your institution's ID card to borrow items from the NSCAD library. Students, faculty and staff of participating CURBA academic institutions can borrow with their CAUL-CBUA, COPPULCREPUQ or IUBP cards that have been provided by their home institution.

Members of the public  have access to and, if they are 18 years of age or older, may also borrow from the collection. They may register to borrow with:
1) a NOVANET borrower's card provided by the NSCAD library (requires two pieces of official ID verifying age and  a local address); or
2) their own public library borrower's card from any public library system within Nova Scotia (requires one piece of photo ID (verifying age) along with their public library borrower's card).

ID/Off Campus Borrower cards must be used for all loan and renewal transactions. Lost cards and changes of address should be reported immediately to the Circulation Desk.

Please note that during semesters certain materials, including reserves and media collections, are for NSCAD University student, faculty, and staff use only.

Archives & Rare Books
All rare and archival material is for anyone to use within the library. To view rare books please call the Library at (902) 494-8229 to book an appointment; to view items in the Archives collection please visit the Visual Resources Collection or call (902) 444-7212.

Audiovisual Material (e.g. DVDs, CDs)

Loan periods for any audiovisual materials that are listed in the Novanet Catalogue as "7 Day Loan NSCAD University DVD Collection"
AND with a Public Note: "Restricted Access: NSCAD Users Only":
    1. NSCAD undergraduate students: 7 days
    2. NSCAD faculty & graduate students: term loans (January 30th, May 30th, and September 30th)
With no restricted access note:
    1. All patrons: 7 day loan

This material is housed in the Visual Resources Collection. Please contact Rebecca Young  (902-444-7212) for further information. 

BooksLoan periods for books, exhibition catalogues, and pamphlet files in the circulating collection:
    1. All undergraduate students, staff, and public patrons: 3 weeks with 3 renewals.
    2. All faculty and graduate students: term loans (January 30th, May 30th, and September 30th)

There is no limit on the number of items you can borrow. The due date is stamped in the back of the book, and you can always check your account on the library catalogue to see what items you have out and when they are due back to the library.

Reference books are for anyone to use within the library.


MFA theses, Art Education theses, Design theses, and MFA graduation show thesis statements are shelved at the beginning of the reference collection on the first floor of the library. They  can  be used in library.
MFA graduation show thesis statements are in grey boxes arranged by year and within each year alphabetically by the last name of the student.

Renewing Your Books
After logging in to your library account on the Novanet catalogue, you can renew your books as long as they are not due that day or overdue, no-one else has placed a hold on them, and if your total fines are under $10.00. There is a maximum of three renewals per item. Use the barcode from the back of your ID card and your library password to access your library account from any page of the catalogue.
If you have any questions or problems, contact our circulation desk (902-494-8196) during our open hours for assistance. 

You may place a hold on any item out on loan and will be notified by email when that item has been returned to its home library.

If you have an urgent need for a NSCAD item that is out on loan, it may be recalled and held for you, regardless of the loan period assigned to the original borrower. Ten days are allowed for the return of the item. This may be shortened to three days if the item is overdue. You will be notified by email or phone when the item is available. It will be held for you for seven days.

Fines for overdue recalled items are higher than normal.

Returning Library MaterialsYou can return items from any academic or public library in Nova Scotia to any other academic or public library in Nova Scotia. In Halifax, there is also a book drop at the waterfront Farmer's Market that can be used for both academic and public library returns. 

Fines on overdue items are charged for every day the library is open, at the following rates:

Regular material   $0.25 per day per item
Recalled material $1.00 per day per item
Reserve/Restricted Loans $0.25 per hour per item; $5.00 per day per item

For regular and recalled material, the maximum fine per item is $20.00.

Fines may be paid at any Novanet library.

Lost/Damaged Material
If items are lost or damaged while on loan, borrowers are responsible for paying the current replacement cost, as determined by the library staff. The item must be damaged enough to make it unusable (for example, any number of pages, or portions of pages, missing or unreadable; pages stuck together; or water damage).

Print journals (current and back issues) are for anyone to use within the library.

Required  material for NSCAD University courses are located in the Reserve Collection at the circulation desk. Selected by faculty members for each course, these items are normally available for 3 hour (print material) and 24 hour (audiovisual material) loan periods. For more information consult the Reserves section of the library website.

Visual Resources
For more information about borrowing from the library's visual resources, please visit the Visual Resources Collection web page.

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.