Community Borrowers
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Welcome to Novanet, a consortium of academic libraries.
Our combined collections are the cornerstone knowledge and information resource in Atlantic Canada. In addition to the approximately 1.7 million books and periodicals that you may use we offer an array of electronic resources: full-text journals, government databases, and abstracts — and connections with other libraries world-wide. (Some restrictions may apply.)
The staff at our member libraries are skilled in applying these services to the varied needs of those we serve. We look forward to extending them to Off-Campus Borrowers.
Lending Policies
Novanet Libraries share the following policies:
Novanet Libraries share overdues and fines policies, as well. Those keeping books past their due dates may incur overdue fines. When a book falls seriously overdue, its borrower will be charged the full replacement price — including re-ordering and processing costs. Those failing to respond to overdue notices, or accumulating fines may have their borrowing privileges suspended. Off-campus borrowers who accumulate significant fines, or who fail to return library material, will be referred to our collection agency.
Reference Services
Library reference and information staff are expert at showing you how to select resources to satisfy your information needs and teaching you how to use them. Please take your questions to the libraries’ reference desks. Reference services and hours vary.
In some libraries, academic users have principal access to some of the Reference tools, such as online databases. Reference staff can provide details.
The Public Catalogue
The Novanet catalogue is the best window into our collections. Easy-to-use menus guide the new user through this catalogue, allowing you to search for books by author, title and subject (or “keywords” describing any of these). Periodicals collections are listed in the catalogue, as well. Assistance in using the public catalogue is available from Library Reference staff.
Novanet Express and Interlibrary Loans
If an item you need is on the shelves of a Novanet library you can’t get to, you can request that it be retrieved for you. We will have any circulating book shipped to any Novanet library within three working days. You can also have an article from any of our journals faxed. For additional information on Novanet Express, please contact library staff.
If you can’t find a book or periodical in any of the libraries’ collections and are willing to pay to have it borrowed from another library, you can request an Interlibrary Loan (some libraries are unable to provide this service to off-campus borrowers).
Required ID
To obtain a community borrowers card you must be a resident of Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, be 18 years of age or older, and provide proof of residence with a current address. The Consortium reserves the right to revoke Off-Campus Borrower privileges.
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