Looking for information about the MSVU Students’ Union Food Bank?

The Mount Student Food Bank is a student-run, student-funded service available to all students in the MSVU community. The Students’ Union aims to offer a safe, inclusive, clean, comfortable, and dignified space where students can restock their cupboards or grab a snack.

Please call (902) 457-6123 or visit the MSVU Students’ Union website for more information.

Do you have fines on your Mount Library account? Don’t pay it back; pay it forward!

Novanet Libraries, including the Mount Library, no longer charge overdue fines on regular loans.

Overdue fines may still apply to high-demand items such as equipment (i.e., laptops, room keys), Reserves, recalls, etc.

You can pay off your Mount Library fines by donating to the Students’ Union Food Bank.

  • Receive $3.00 of credit against your fines for most non-perishable foods and personal care items.
  • Receive $5.00 of credit against your fines for items in high demand.

Personal Care:

  • Menstrual products such as tampons or pads (regular size box)
  • Deodorant (regular size, not travel size)
  • Toothpaste (regular size, not travel size)
  • Toothbrushes (pack of 2+ = $5; single brush = $3)
  • Body wash (regular size bottle)
  • Shampoo (regular size bottle)
  • Conditioner (regular size bottle)
  • Lip balm (pack of 2+ – $5, single item = $3)
  • Kleenex (2+ boxes or multi-pack of travel size = $5, single box = $3)
  • Laundry detergent (regular size jug or box)
  • Dish detergent (regular size bottle)


  • Dry pasta (boxes/bags of 300-500g +)
  • Dry rice (regular size boxes/bags = $5, single meal size = $3)
  • Dry cereal (regular size or a pack of travel size)
  • Dry oatmeal (regular size bag, or box of single-serving pouches)
  • Lentils, dried or canned
  • Beans, dried or canned
  • Nuts (regular size can or bag)
  • Condiments (regular size bottles of ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, etc.)
  • Spreads (regular size jars of peanut butter, jam, etc.)
  • Boxes of granola bars & other similar lunch snacks
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit (multi-packs or large individual cans)
  • Tea (regular size tin or box of bags)
  • Coffee (regular size jar of instant)
  • Hot chocolate (regular size can)
  • Cough drops (one roll = $3, pack of rolls = $5)
  • Dry spices (regular size bags or bottles)
  • Cooking oil (regular size bottle)
  • Bread (regular size bag – must not be squished or stale!!)
  • Gluten-free specialty items for people with celiac disease / wheat allergy

Eligible fines:

  • Wellness Pantry fine reductions can be applied against MSVU overdue fines only (i.e., not for document delivery items from other schools).
  • There is no upper limit on donations or fine reductions; we will waive any amount owing.
  • Charges for lost books or lost equipment (computers, tablets, etc.) are not eligible for this program.
  • Fines from other universities are not eligible for this program.

Eligible donations:

  • Most non-perishable food and personal care items merit a fine waive of $3/each.
  • Packages and containers should be of regular grocery store size or larger.
  • For mini-packs, sample-packs, snack-packs, and multi-packs, Library staff will estimate the value and waive fines accordingly.
  • High-demand items merit a fine waive of $5/each. Again, packages and containers must be of regular grocery store size or larger in order to qualify for the high-demand bonus.


  • Library staff will tally the number of items donated, the value of the fine reduction, and make note of it in our computer system. The patron’s account will then be credited.

Cash donations:

  • The Library welcomes cash donations to the Food Bank. Just ask a staff member.


  • Visit the Library in person, call us at (902) 457-6250, or email library@msvu.ca