Library & Archives Guide to Resources & Services

Welcome!

The MSVU Library & Archives team is pleased to welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to campus. Please familiarize yourself with the MSVU vaccine policy before visiting campus. 

Library Research Services

Research Services

Available Online

  • Live Help is an online chat-based service provided by the Novanet libraries. This service is designed to respond to brief questions that can be answered quickly and effectively using online resources. A chat box appears to the left whenever LiveHelp staff are on duty.
  • Meet with a librarian via Web conferencing: Skype, Blackboard, etc. for advice on finding scholarly research for your assignments, or locating and using subject-specific sources.
    View availability
  • We will answer all your questions about library services and collections.
    library@msvu.ca
  • If you have a question, you can check the FAQs to see if it has already been answered.
  • Instruction / Workshops 
  • Librarians can visit your online classes to provide library research instruction, or to provide modules for your Moodle sites.
    Request via library@msvu.ca
  • Step by step instructions on how to find and use library resources. 
  • Subject Guides contain resources tailored to your department/subject area. A great place for starting your research!
  • Help with citation styles

Access to Collections

Access to Collections

Availablity

  • Search for and access ebooks available via the Mount Library. Most books can be accessed by multiple readers at the same time.
     
  • Discover new databases or go directly to the ones you already know. The list can be filtered by subject, content type (articles, images, primary sources, etc.), and whether a login is needed.
  • Search for a specific journal here, browse by subject, or browse by provider/publisher. You can also limit your search to peer-reviewed journals only.  
  • Search for and access streaming movies, documentaries and educational videos available via the Mount Library.
  • The Mount E-commons is Mount Saint Vincent University's institutional repository, which provides access to and preserves research and other institutional outputs (e.g. theses) created by Mount faculty, students, and staff. 
  • Print Collections
  • Books and articles are available from the Mount and our partner libraries across Canada. Place a hold or a document delivery request via the Mount Library website and pick up in person at the Library.
  • Mail delivery also available for distance students. 
  • Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca

General Library Services

General Library Services

Availablity

  • Mount ID card
    Barcode number / password reset and troubleshooting
  • Email library@msvu.ca with questions. You can expect a reply between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Atlantic time.
  • Visit the Library to have your photo taken and receive a photo ID card on the spot.
  • Your first card is free, but replacement cards are $10. The Library provides free update stickers to returning students.
  • Place an online request for a card or update sticker if you are unable to visit the Library.
  • Printing, Photocopying, Scanning
  • Available on campus to students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • When the Library is closed, businesses such as Staples may be able to help you with printing
  • Various scanning apps are also available for smartphones
  • Study rooms are available for solo or small group use in McCain and EMF. 
  • Students are welcome to remove their masks and eat/drink while working in study rooms.
  • Book a Study Room
Borrowing Services
  • Book Checkout
  • Books and articles are available from the Mount and our partner libraries across Canada.
  • Pickup is available in person in the Library. Delivery by mail also available to distance students. 
  • Place a hold or a document delivery request via the Mount Library website.
  • Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca
Borrowing Services
  • Novanet Libraries no longer charge overdue fines on general loan materials (i.e., most books)
  • Due to the pandemic, all MSVU students are eligible for term loans (due Sept 30, Jan 30, May 30).
  • MSVU Faculty and Staff also receive term loans.
  • Email library@msvu.ca for assistance.
Borrowing Services
  • Laptops & Equipment
  • A limited number of laptops are available for 24-hour loan. Visit the Library in person to borrow a laptop.
  • Sorry, some types of equipment (i.e., headsets) aren't currently available due Covid-19 risks/hygiene. 
Course
Readings & Media  
(Reserves)
  • Online Reading Lists
  • via Moodle
  • Faculty must fill out the Library's Request Form in order to grant Library Staff access to Moodle course sites.
Course     Reserves
  • Print Reserves
  • Print Reserves (i.e., books shelved at the front desk for short-term loan to students) are now available, thanks to the improving Covid-19 situation. 
  • The Course Readings & Media team is able to source material for scanning (individual chapters, articles, etc.) from our partner libraries across Canada.
  • Send requests to reserves@msvu.ca
Course     Reserves
  • Accessible PDFs via Digital File Processing 
  • The Library's Reserves team and the Print Shop will help Faculty members with creating accessible PDFs from your personal scans or images via Digital File Processing, even when no additional Reserves services are required. Send scans or images of material to reserves@msvu.ca
Document Delivery
  • PDF/online Journal Articles
  • Yes; place a document delivery request.
Document Delivery
  • Print Journal Articles
  • Yes; scanning from print journals (owned by the Mount or our partner libraries) is available by placing a Document Delivery request.
Document Delivery
  • Books
  • Yes; books and articles are available from the Mount and our partner libraries across Canada.
  • Pickup available in person in the Library. Mail delivery also available for distance students. 
  • Place a hold or a document delivery request via the Mount Library website. Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca

Ordering/Processing

 Ordering/Processing

Availablity

  • Yes
     
Cataloging
  • Electronic Content
  • Print Materials
  • Yes

Open Educational Resources

Search for OER

There are many OER repositories to search from; a curated list of the most prominent databases is below.

Connecting from off-campus

In order to access many of the Mount Library resources, you need to be authenticated as a Mount student, faculty or employee. 


For article databases, ebooks, journals, and streaming media:

Use either your MyMount login or your Moodle login.

You can change your MyMount login online, or contact helpdesk@msvu.ca if you have any difficulties logging in with your MyMount or Moodle logins.


For document delivery, your library account status, renewing loans, booking student study rooms, and complete Novanet results:

Use your Mount ID Barcode & PIN**

** your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Please contact library@msvu.ca if you experience any difficulty logging in with your barcode & pin. You can expect a reply between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m ADT.

If you are a Mount student, staff or faculty member, but never received a Mount ID card, please visit the Library or use our online form to request your barcode & pin.

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