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  • A current Mount ID card is required to borrow materials from the library. 
    You also have the option of using your Mount web mail login  to access ebooks and article databases from off-campus. 
  • There is no limit for Mount or Novanet faculty and students in good standing.  
    Other borrowers may have 10 (ten) MSVU items signed out at any one time. 
  • Materials may be borrowed and renewed at any Novanet Library.
    Students are able to order items from any of the member libraries to be delivered to the most convenient member library using the document delivery service. This is a free service and it will take approximately 3 - 5 business days from time of ordering to be delivered to the Novanet institution of your choice. You will be contacted by email when the item arrives.
  • Materials may be returned either at Novanet Libraries or Public Libraires in Nova Scotia.

Renewals, holds and recalls

  • Any borrowed item may be recalled after 10 days. You will have 7 days within which to return a recalled items before fines apply. Recalls must be placed at the owning library.  
  • Holds may be placed on signed out material, in person or online through Novanet. 
  • Loans are renewable in person, or through your Library account. 
  • An item can be renewed up to 3 times (except reserve and recalled items which cannot be renewed). If you require instruction on how to complete renewals online, please contact the library.

Borrowing at Other Libraries

Within Nova Scotia:

Your Mount ID card will allow you borrowing privileges for print materials. The Mount card can be used to order items, to be delivered to the Novanet library of your choice. 

Most academic libraries allow on-site access to their database collections via public work stations.

BARA - Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere

You can borrow from over a hundred libraries across the province, including public, community college and university libraries. Materials can be returned to any of the participating libraries. It's free, easy and convenient. It's your library, everywhere you are. Mount students, staff and faculty can use their Mount ID cards to borrow from Novanet libraries as usual, and can return these books to the library of their choice, including public libraries. You will still require public library cards to borrow from public libraries. 

Within Canada:Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA)

Within Canada, your CURBA Card will allow you borrowing privileges at most university libraries (with the exception of the University of Toronto). The library issues CURBA cards by request. If you live in Nova Scotia and wish to receive a CURBA card for your use while traveling in other Canadian provinces and territories please ask at the main Library desk.  Only one ASIN/CURBA card is issued during your time at MSVU. It is presented along with your current Mount ID card at participating CURBA libraries. Please contact the Library if you have any difficulties accessing library services.

If you are a distance student or faculty please consult the Library: Distance Services guide for more information on how to request your CURBA card.

Undergraduate students loan periods

  • The loan period is 21 days for books and 3 days for videos.
  • Items on course reserves may have shorter loan periods


  • Fines are 25¢ per day per item to a maximum of $20.00 per item.
  • Overdue 'recall fines' are $1.00 per day per item to a maximum of $20.00 per item. 
  • Replacement for a lost or damaged item is the list price plus a $20.00 processing fee. Failure to return books, pay fines or pay replacement costs will result in a system-wide suspension of borrowing privileges and the withholding of grades and transcripts. Overdue accounts may be sent to a collection agency.

Fine Payments

The Mount Library accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Canadian cash
  • American cash (at par)
  • debit / Interac
  • Visa
  • MasterCard

There is a $5.00 minimum for any debit or credit transaction.

Visa and MasterCard payments may also be completed over the phone by calling (902) 457-6250.

You may also pay off fines by making donations to the campus Wellness Pantry (food bank). For more information about donating:


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