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Library Services During COVID-19 Period: Home

Sept. 20, 2021: Due to rising numbers of COVID cases in Sackville, masks are now mandatory at all times in the Libraries, and no eating or drinking is permitted outside the Flying Bean Cafe area. People can unmask when working alone in a study room. The stacks have been re-opened for browsing. Access to research help, e-resources, and virtual help from librarians and staff are also available. Off-campus researchers and community members are welcome in the building. Our Library-to-Go book ordering and pick-up service remains available. Some seats and all rooms remain bookable on the Ground, Second and Third floors for people who prefer to book a space.

Connecting from Off Campus

In order to access online Mount A Library resources, you need to be authenticated as a Mount A student, faculty or employee. 

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

Use your Mount A username and 14+ character password.

For your Novanet library account status, renewing loans, and complete Novanet results in the catalogue

In the "Barcode" field use your student number (with the first zero).  In the "Password" field, use your four-digit PIN**.

** your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number. If your PIN does not work, please contact us to get it re-set.

Librarians & Archivist

Librarians & Archivists

Renée Belliveau | 364-2563
Acting University Archivist

Anita Cannon | 364-2572
Commerce, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, German Literature, Government Information, Law, Languages & Linguistics

Gavin Goodwin | 364-2561
Music, Fine Arts, Classics, and Visual & Material Culture

Anne LePage | 364-2691
Religious Studies, Sociology

Jeff Lilburn | 364-2237
Drama, English, French Literature, Philosophy, Psychology

David Mawhinney (University Archivist) | 364-2563
(On sabbatical leave until July 1, 2022)

Elizabeth Millar | 364-2386
Canadian Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Military & Naval Sciences, Politics & International Relations, Rare Books & Special Collections, Women's & Gender Studies

Elizabeth Stregger | 364-2610
Data and Digital Services, Science Consultations (by appointment)

Want to know more about the Library of Congress Classification System? See the Understanding Call Numbers section of the Research Tips page.

Librarians remain available to answer your questions and to help you find the information you need. 

Reach us by email, chat, voicemail or book an appointment.  Details below. 

Research Services Available?
  • Research Help Desk
  • Research consultation with a Librarian

(by e-mail, telephone; Skype, etc.)


Access to Collection Available?
  • Print collections (R.P. Bell and Music Libraries)
  • Yes. Request books as usual via Library-to-Go or the Novanet catalogue and pick them up in the Library-to-Go areas inside our libraries. The stacks are also open for browsing. Additionally, our new Books-by-Mail service will continue to be available in Yellow, Orange, Red phases of recovery. Details here.
  • Reference collection
  • Yes. The collection is open for browsing. You may also e-mail or to have books set aside for you. Staff may also be able to scan certain chapters or sections.
  • Novanet Express
  • Yes. Place holds in Novanet as usual and receive books via Library-to-Go curbside pick-up.
  • Course reserves


General Library Services Available?
  • Borrowing services (print books)
  • Yes. Place holds via our Library-to-Go form or in Novanet for Mount A or other Novanet books. Pick them up in our Library-to-Go pick-up area.
  • Book renewals
  • Yes (online, in person, by e-mail or phone -- 364-2568).
  • Book returns
  • Yes. Items may be returned inside the library entrance in bins provided in the Library-to-Go pick-up area. Alternatively, you can place books in the book drop to the left of the R.P. Bell Library's main doors. Not in Sackville? You can return books to any Novanet member library in Nova Scotia.
  • Equipment borrowing (Mac chargers, laptops, etc.)
  • Yes.
  • Course reserves
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Yes. Not all libraries in Canada or worldwide are available for ILL, however, so some print requests may not be possible. (See OCLC map of open vs. closed status.)
  • Printing, photocopying, scanning
  • Yes -- printers are located inside the Flying Bean Café area of the Library.
  • The Mount Allison Bookstore also provides printing services. Patrons can e-mail them documents and pay through Mountie Money or credit card.
  • Fines
  • Overdue fines do not accrue for most regular library items. Some items, such as course reserves and computer equipment, have overdue fines.


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Open Educational Resources logo

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources that are freely available to educators and learners.This guide provides links and information for faculty exploring OER as teaching resources.

Fair Dealing in Exceptional Circumstances

Sam Trosow, associate professor of Law and Information Science at Western University, has posted an analysis of Canadian fair dealing in these exceptional COVID-19 circumstances.  Details here

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