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Library Services During COVID-19 Period: Home

UPDATE, JAN. 20, 2021: The Libraries are moving to online service only as of Jan. 21. We will remain closed to patrons until further notice about the province's "Red" COVID status for Zone 1.  Please see below for information about individual services. Access to research help, e-resources, and virtual help from librarians and staff are still available.

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 Winter 2021

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

Laura Landon | 939-2125
Commerce, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government Information, Languages & Linguistics, Sociology

Anne LePage | 364-2691
Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish Literature

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

David Mawhinney (University Archivist) | 364-2563

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)

Other subject areas, including Classics, Fine Arts, and Visual & Material Culture: Please e-mail

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?
  • Print collections (R.P. Bell and Music Libraries)
  • Yes. While curbside pick-up is temporarily suspended (Jan. 21), you can receive books via our new Books by Mail service. Details here. We may also be able to scan certain chapters from the print collection. E-mail
  • Reference collection
  • Novanet Express
  • Yes. Place holds in Novanet as usual and receive books via Books by Mail. Some restrictions apply. Details here.
  • Course reserves
  • Some. Please e-mail with requests. We will look for electronic content.


General Library Services Available?
  • Borrowing services (print books)
  • Yes, with some restrictions. Place holds in Novanet for Mount A or other Novanet books and receive them via Books by Mail. Details here.
  • Book renewals
  • Yes (online or by e-mail, phone or Live Chat).
  • Book returns
  • Yes. Please leave 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, etc.)
  • No. Suspended until building re-opens to patrons.
  • Course reserves
  • Some. Please e-mail with requests and we will search for electronic content
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Some. Not all libraries in Canada or worldwide are available for ILL, so some requests may not be possible. (See OCLC map of open vs. closed status.)
  • Printing, photocopying, scanning
  • No. Suspended until building re-opens to patrons. 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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Librarians are available to meet with you by phone or online.   

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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