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Library Services During COVID-19 Period: Home


COVID-19 UPDATE, MAY 27, 2020: We are working on safety and cleaning protocols for the Libraries & Archives and hope to have a lobby pick-up service available very soon. Thank you for your patience!

The Mount Allison Libraries & Archives buildings remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this closure, librarians and staff are working to ensure our research community has the ability to access the resources and services they need remotely. Please refer to the following page for a list of, and links to, services and their availability. 

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

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

Sarah Bartlett | 364-2214 / 2561
Classics, Fine Arts, Music

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

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

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)

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
  • Ask a Librarian Chat service
  • Yes (see hours under chat widget to right)
  • Research Help Desk
  • Yes: e-mail & Ask a Librarian Chat (see hours under chat widget to right)
  • Research consultation with a Librarian

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

  • Yes: e-mail & Ask a Librarian Chat


Access to Collection Available Online
  • Print collections (including Novanet Express)
  • No
  • Course reserves
  • Possibly. Please e-mail with requests. We will look for electronic content.


General Library Services Available?
  • Borrowing services (print books)
  • No. Please e-mail us with your requests and we will see if e-books are available. 
  • Book renewals
  • Yes (online or by e-mail, phone or Live Chat). Due dates on all MTA & Novanet books are extended to Sept. 30 unless otherwise arranged
  • Book returns
  • Due dates have been extended to Sept. 30. We advise you to hang onto your books during this social-distancing and isolation period. Alternatively, 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. 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.)
  • No
  • Course reserves
  • Possibly. Please e-mail with requests and we will search for electronic content
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Limited to electronic articles only
  • Printing, photocopying, scanning
  • No
  • Fines
  • Overdue fines will not accrue over this period


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Book an appointment with a librarian

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

Live Chat & E-mail Hours

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

Chat Reference / Research Help Hours:

Beginning Monday April 20, 2020:
Monday – Friday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

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