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Library & Archives Resources & Services

New Library System

Novanet’s integrated library system Aleph will retire in May 2022 after 16 long years of service, with a new system set to launch by May 18. This upgrade will expand access to materials and improve the user experience for students, faculty, and staff. 

MSVU Library & Archives staff will be available in person, over the phone (902-457-6250) or via email ( to answer questions and manually process loans and returns during the migration.

Migration Timeline

Here is what you can expect to happen as the MSVU Library & Archives migrates to Alma and Primo VE, our new Integrated Library System:

May 8

Last day of the old  Novanet Integrated Library system (Aleph).

For your convenience, we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to borrow, renew, or return materials before May 9.

May 9-17

Many of the online features of the Novanet Integrated Library System will be frozen during the migration (item renewals, item requests, and room bookings)

You will still be able to search for and check out library materials, but item availability may not be up-to-date.

Our scholarly databasesstreaming videosebooks, and other online collections will remain online and available. 

May 18

Launch of the new Novanet Integrated Library System (Alma).

Some of the links to e-books and videos in Moodle may be affected, please check the links in your online courses.

New and improved access to:

  • Novanet Discovery (includes the Library catalogue)
  • Journal Search
  • Newspaper Search
  • My Library Account