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, COPPUL, CREPUQ or IUBP cards that have been provided by their home institution.
Members of the public have access to, and may also borrow from, the collection. As of September 2009, the library provides off-campus borrowers' cards free of charge through the Libraries Nova Scotia initiative. Alternatively, patrons who present one piece of photo ID and a public library card from any public library system within Nova Scotia will gain borrowing access to the library's collections.
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.
All rare and archival material is for anyone to use within the library. To view rare books please call the Library at (902) 494-8181 to book an appointment; to view items in the Archives collection please visit the Visual Resources Collection or call (902) 444-7212.
Books, exhibition catalogues, and pamphlet files in the circulating collection are available for three-week loan periods for all undergraduate students, staff, and public patrons and 60-day loan periods for faculty and graduate students of all Novanet institutions.
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, Art Education, and Design theses are shelved in the photocopy room on the first floor of the library. They are reference books, and can be used in library.
MFA graduation show thesis statements are housed in the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet in the side room on the second floor of the library. They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the student. The statements are to be used in library only.
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.
You 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.
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 readings for NSCAD University courses are located in the Reserve Collection at the circulation desk. Selected by faculty members for each course, these items are available for three hour loan in library and one hour loan outside the library. For more information consult the Reserves section of the library website.
For more information about borrowing from the library's visual resources, please visit the Visual Resources Collection web page.