Library & Archives Guide to Resources & Services

Online Research Help Hours

Monday - Friday ~ 10 AM - 4 PM

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 seminar 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.

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

Welcome!

Book a time to visit the Library: Effective September 8, 2020, MSVU students, faculty and staff can make appointments to visit the Library for various on-campus services. Book a Library visit here to use a computer in the Learning Commons, print your class readings, borrow books, get an ID card, and more.

"Curbside" Pick-up: MSVU students, faculty, and staff have access to in-Library material by request without having to book an appointment. View the 'Curbside" pickup and delivery service details here.   

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
  • After September 8, in-person consultation in the Library is available. You must book a Library visit to access the Mount campus. Please contact us at library@msvu.ca to confirm the time of your research appointment.
  • 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. Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca
  • Please read more information for the Mount community about this service

General Library Services

General Library Services

Availablity

  • Mount ID card barcode number / password reset and troubleshooting
  • Photo ID cards and update stickers are available in person.
  • Email library@msvu.ca with questions.
  • Place an online request for a card or update sticker if you cannot visit campus.
  • Printing, Photocopying, Scanning
  • Student printing available. Print credits can be purchased in the Library or online.
  • Photocopying and scanning available to students, staff, and faculty.
  • Purchase photocopy cards at the Library's front desk.
  • Scanning is free!
  • Three (3) student study rooms available in EMF.
  • Solo use only due to Covid19.
  • Each student may book 2 hrs per day.
  • Sorry, McCain rooms are unavailable at this time.
Borrowing Services
  • Book Checkout
  • Books and articles are available from the Mount and our partner libraries across Canada.
  • "Curbside Pickup" available at the McCain check-in desk.
  • Place a hold or a document delivery request via the Mount Library website.
  • Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca
  • Please read more information for the Mount community about this service.
Borrowing Services
  • Loans placed during the spring and summer have been extended to September 30; any fines will be waived.
  • All MSVU students are eligible for term loans (due Sept 30, Jan 30, May 30) for the duration of the pandemic.
  • MSVU Faculty and Staff also receive term loans.
  • Email library@msvu.ca for assistance.
Borrowing Services
  • Laptops & Equipment
  • Yes; a limited number of laptops and tablets are available for 24-hr loan (disinfected after each use).
  • The Library's Learning Commons (including several desktop computers) is open and available to students.
  • Headphones and headsets are unavailable for loan due to Covid19.
Course     Reserves
  • eReserves (online reading lists)
Course     Reserves
  • Print Reserves
  • Print Reserves (i.e., books shelved at the front desk for short-term loan to students) are not available due to Covid19.
  • The Reserves 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.
  • "Curbside Pickup" available at the McCain check-in desk.
  • Place a hold or a document delivery request via the Mount Library website. Send questions about holds and document delivery to library@msvu.ca
  • Please read more information for the Mount Community about this service

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.

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