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Library Services During COVID-19 Period: Home

UPDATE, May 25, 2021: The Libraries & Archives are open to in-person visits. Access to research help, e-resources, and virtual help from librarians and staff will continue to be available. Off-campus researchers who would like access to the Library should contact Patrons with community borrower cards can request books and pick them up via our Library-to-Go drop-in pick-up service as usual.

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.)


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. Additionally, our new Books-by-Mail service will continue to be available in Yellow, Orange, Red phases of recovery. Details here.
  • Reference collection
  • Yes. Please 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 or 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. Place holds via our Library-to-Go form or in Novanet for Mount A or other Novanet books and pick them up in person or receive them via our new Books-by-Mail service. Details here.
  • Book renewals
  • Yes (online or by e-mail, phone or Live Chat).
  • 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, etc.)
  • Yes.
  • 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
  • Yes
  • 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.   

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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