Services for Mount Faculty

The Library offers a number of teaching and research support services for Faculty and welcomes the opportunity to explore new initiatives. Please contact your Liaison Librarian if you have ideas or requests for library services, resources or collections.

* Borrowing library materials

* Using other libraries

* Document delivery

* Fair dealing & copyright information

* Course Readings & Media (Reserves)

* Library liaisons

* Class instruction

* Library services for distance courses

* Library materials recommendations form

* Mount E-Commons repository

* Journals at the Mount’ journal hosting service

* Open Access: A guide for Mount Saint Vincent University scholars


Borrowing library materials

A current MSVU identification card is required to borrow materials from the library. A network account is required to access article databases from off-campus. To activate your ID card as a library card, simply visit the Circulation Desk and have staff register you in the Novanet database. Your ID card must be updated before the end of September each year. Books are loaned to faculty on a term basis.

Due dates by term: Summer September 30
Fall January 31
Spring May 31

Please note that individual term reminders regarding borrowed MSVU items that are due at the end of term are not sent out. In addition, since it is now possible to renew items online, library staff will not be doing renewals on faculty’s behalf. If you require instruction on how to complete renewals online, please contact the library. Books borrowed from MSVU and other Novanet libraries may be renewed up to three times.

Fines are 25¢ per day per item to a maximum of $20.00 per item. Materials may be borrowed, renewed and returned at any Novanet Library. Any borrowed item may be recalled after 10 days. Overdue ‘recall fines’ are $1.00 per day per item to a maximum of $20.00 per item.

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Using other libraries

Universities and colleges in Nova Scotia (Novanet)

Your MSVU ID card will be accepted at most universities and community colleges in the province – Acadia University being the main exception. Check for the full list of Novanet Participating Libraries. Please note that these privileges do not include permissions to access other institutions’ article/research databases. However you may request print books copies of articles and chapters (both online and print) be delivered to the MSVU library for you to pick up (see document delivery below)

Canadian universities (beyond Nova Scotia):

CURBA: Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

Within Canada, your CURBA Card will allow you in-person borrowing privileges at most university libraries (with the exception of the University of Toronto). Consult the library circulation staff if an CURBA Card is needed. Please note that these privileges do not include permissions to access remotely other institutions’ article/research databases.

Document Delivery

Document Delivery is responsible for obtaining materials unavailable at the Mount either in print or online. Faculty can borrow physical material and obtain copies of articles or chapters from works that are not held by the Mount Library. We will do our best to fill all requests.

There is no fees for items available within Canada. Document Delivery is pleased to be covering fees for faculty on 3 international requests beginning September 2014.

Loans usually take 5-14 days to arrive (depending on availability). Copies can be delivered electronically directly to your inbox and usually take 2-3 business days to arrive.

Please fill in our

o Enter your MSVU ID card barcode and last 4 digits of your phone number
o Select ‘book request’ or ‘journal request’
o Click ‘Submit’

More information Document Delivery services are found at

If you have any questions, contact (457-6435)

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Fair Dealing & Copyright Information


  • What is Fair Dealing?


Fair Dealing is the right, within limits, to reproduce a substantial amount of a copyrighted work without permission from, or payment to, the copyright owner. Its purpose is to facilitate creativity and free expression by ensuring reasonable access to existing knowledge while at the same time protecting the interests of copyright owners.

Reserves & online supplemental reading lists

The Library’s Reserve and eReserves Service is a way of ensuring that your students have equal access to supplemental readings. Please note that users must have a valid Mount Saint Vincent University Student or Faculty ID card in good standing in order to access materials both in print and online.


Class Instruction

Our librarians and senior staff will conduct library instruction sessions to highlight library resources that your students may find useful when they are carrying out research and working to complete assignments. Contact your department’s Liaison Librarian to arrange a session for your students.

Library Services for Distance Course

Many of our on-campus services for faculty are also available for distance courses. More information . .

Library materials recommendations & requests

Faculty may wish to place recommendations for material that they would like the library to acquire to support their courses. Please fill in our online form or contact your Liaison Librarian. You may also forward a print copy of the form to Meg Raven in the Library.

For print or email form orders, please ensure:

* the item is not currently in our library’s collection.
* If you have any procedural questions, contact Rodney Tucker, the Coordinator of Resources and Acquisitions rodney.tucker2@msvu.caor call 457-6410.
* If you have questions about the collections or materials selection, contact Meg Raven, the Collections Development Librarian at or tel: 457-6403 or contact the liaison librarian assigned to your department or program.

Please refer to The Role of the MSVU Liaison Librarians, Department / Program Library Coordinators,and Faculty Selectors for procedural guidelines, the names of the liaison librarians, and useful online resources for collection development.

MSVU E-Commons

The Mount’s E-Commons is an institutional repository that showcases and preserves the scholarly work of the Mount community. The goal of the E-Commons is to act as a repository of research and other scholarly works to support the preservation and dissemination of knowledge by the Mount community. The E-Commons enables the Mount community to post, organize and preserve their research online and to make it openly accessible via the World Wide Web.

Currently, the E-commons features a variety of different works from Mount faculty members who have made contributions to it over the last several years. These works include journal articles (pre-print and post-print versions), conference papers, reports, images, book chapters, working papers.

Any digital material of a scholarly nature can be deposited in the E-commons (e.g. video, audio, datasets).
If you are interested in contributing to the E-commons contact our Archivist at or 457-6401.

“Journals at the Mount” Journal Hosting Service

‘Journals at the Mount’ is the Mount Library’s online journal hosting service. It allows the Mount community to host online, peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. The platform uses Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. OJS is a robust and fully functional online publishing environment that supports authors submission, review and editing, scholarly reading, reviewer and editor management, copy editing, layout editing, and proofreading workflows, the ability to track all article-level review history and correspondence, as well as numerous other features.

The service is open to the Mount community looking to establish new journals, or wanting to host existing journals. Contact our Archivist at or 457-6401 to discuss your journal hosting needs.

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