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Library Services During COVID-19 Period: Home


COVID-19 UPDATE, September 2020: The Libraries will re-open to students, faculty and staff on Tues. Sept. 8. Use our new Book a Seat system to reserve space in either library.

Library-to-Go book requests: The book stacks remain closed. To request items from the R.P. Bell or Music Library, use our web form or place a hold through the Novanet catalogue (for Mount A items only). You can also e-mail us at or call 364-2568.

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 & Archivist Fall 2020

Anita Cannon | 364-2572
On sabbatical leave July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Laura Landon | 939-2125
Commerce, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Government Information, Languages & Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology

Anne LePage | 364-2691
Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Literature, Women's & Gender Studies

Jeff Lilburn | 364-2237
On sabbatical leave July 1, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020

David Mawhinney (University Archivist) | 364-2563

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

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 Online
  • Research Help Desk
  • Research consultation with a Librarian

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

  • Yes: e-mail or visit us on Live Chat.


Access to Collection Available Online
  • Print collections (R.P. Bell and Music Libraries)
  • Yes. Library-to-go pickup is available in the R.P. Bell Library and Music Library.
  • Novanet Express
  • Yes. Place a hold through the Novanet catalogue.
  • Course reserves
  • Yes. Please e-mail with requests. We will look for electronic content.


General Library Services Available?
  • Borrowing services (print books)
  • Yes. Library-to-Go pick-up service is available in both libraries. 
  • Book renewals
  • Yes (online or by e-mail, phone or Live Chat).
  • Book returns
  • Due dates have been extended to Sept. 30. You may use the book drop to the left of the library's main doors, or deliver to any Novanet member library in Nova Scotia once these libraries open. For people in other provinces, please hang onto the books until we determine the best means for you to return them.
  • Equipment borrowing (Mac chargers, etc.)
  • Yes - limited. Please contact for details.
  • Course reserves
  • Yes. Please e-mail with requests and we will search for electronic content
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Limited to electronic articles only. As libraries open for print lending, ILL will become available. Novanet Express (print books from other Novanet libraries) is available; place a hold through the Novanet catalogue.
  • Printing, photocopying, scanning
  • Yes. Printers in both buildings are available during regular building hours. 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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Book an appointment with a librarian

Librarians are available to meet with you by phone or online.   

New Online Content

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers are making subscription content free online. Click here for a list of new content with links to get access. We will update this list as new content becomes available.


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

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.

With credit to Mount Saint Vincent University Libraries for format and content within this page.