To NSCC website To Library Welcome Page  
Catalogue Resources Services Policies Instruction Research Assistance Contact Us Site Map
 >> Welcome Page | Policies | Borrowing

Borrowing Policies


NSCC Library Services provide resources and services to NSCC students, faculty and staff. Our secondary clients are the surrounding community, alumni and industry. NSCC Campus libraries are developed to create an environment that supports effective teaching and lifelong learning. This is in accordance with the NSCC's strategic plan.


NSCC Library Services is a member of the Novanet Consortium. This is a consortium of 28 academic libraries in Nova Scotia. As a member of this rich and diverse library consortium, NSCC Library Services ascribe to a number of universal borrowing policies while maintaining many policies specific to the NSCC.

Novanet is also the name of our library catalogue. The Novanet catalogue provides access to millions of resources owned by the following institutions:

  • Acadia University
  • Atlantic School of Theology
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University Libraries
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • NSCAD University
  • Nova Scotia Community College Libraries
  • Saint Francis Xavier University
  • Saint Mary's University
  • University of King's College
  • Universit√© Sainte-Anne

Library Registration

Full or part-time NSCC students, faculty or staff who are registered or teach in a certificate/diploma program are eligible for a Novanet library membership. Students or faculty in customized programs of at least one month's duration are also eligible for full Novanet library borrowing privileges. These privileges enable a person to borrow from any Novanet library. Individuals who are not affiliated with NSCC and would like to have borrowing privileges at all Novanet libraries may wish to register for a Novanet Off-Campus Borrower's card.

Students, faculty and staff are required to visit their local Campus Library in person to be registered for Novanet. There is no cost to join but you must present your NSCC student or staff ID at the time of registration so we can put a Novanet barcode on the back of your card. Faculty and staff will be issued a Novanet library card. Any changes to your personal contact information should be reported immediately to Campus Library staff.

Borrowing Policies

  • There is no limit to the number of items that can be borrowed from any Campus Library.
  • Loan periods for most materials are three weeks for students and term loans for faculty and staff.
  • Loans can usually be renewed up to three times, either at any Novanet library or directly by the user via the Novanet catalogue, providing there are no outstanding requests from other borrowers. All items are subject to holds or recalls being placed by other College or Novanet borrowers. All items must be returned to the Campus Library within two weeks of classes finishing.
  • Books may be returned to any Novanet library.
  • Reserve items must be returned directly to the owning library.
  • Novanet borrowers may place holds or recalls on items that are currently on loan. If an item has been recalled, borrowers must return it within ten days. However, if it is overdue, it must be returned within three days.

Reciprocal Agreements

Borrowing items

Anyone with a valid NSCC library card may borrow from any of the Novanet member libraries. Conversely, faculty, staff and students from Novanet institutions may also borrow from NSCC libraries if they have a valid ID card registered at their institution's library. You can also get free Public Library cards from any of the Nova Scotia Public Libraries.

Returning items

You can return materials from any Novanet Library, including NSCC, to any NSCC, public, or university library in Nova Scotia. See the Borrow Anywhere / Return Anywhere (BARA) program or ask at your library for more details. You can also return public library materials to any Novanet Library, including NSCC.

Please note:

  • Reserve and document delivery items must be returned directly to the library where you picked them up.
  • Novanet Express items can be returned to any NSCC, university, or public library.


All Novanet borrowers, including faculty and staff, are charged for overdue items:

  • $0.25 per item/per day (maximum is $20.00 per item).
  • Overdue fines for reserve items vary among Novanet libraries.
  • $1.00 per video/per day for all College videos.
  • $1.00 per item/per day for recalled items that are overdue.
  • Reserve fines vary, depending on the duration of the Reserve Loan period.
  • Fines may be paid at any Novanet library.
  • Marks or diplomas may be withheld if students have any outstanding Novanet charges at the end of term.

Suspension of borrowing privileges occurs if:

  • Fines exceed $10.00.
  • A patron has recalled items that are overdue.

Lost, Damaged, or Unreturned Items

In addition to overdue charges that have accumulated on a lost, damaged (beyond repair) or unreturned item, borrowers are required to pay the replacement cost.

For more help

Contact the library

Updated January 21, 2016