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The NSCAD University Library manages the largest dedicated collection of visual arts, craft and design materials in Atlantic Canada.

Reserves - Faculty

Please supply a course reading list and syllabus when submitting material for reserve. This will enable us to have reserve items available to students when needed.
Requesting Items for Reserve
If you would like to request books, DVDs, or other media from the NSCAD library, (including material available at other Novanet libraries), please fill out the Request for Course Reserves form, or email Reserves with your requests. If you need to have items purchased for your class reserves, please complete the Course Readings - New Items Request form. Reserve requests are normally processed in the order in which they arrive at the library.

Reserve Circulation and Availability 
Books and other reserve items are available for 3 hours use in library and 1 hour use outside the library. Copying of these materials is permitted provided you follow fair dealing copying procedures. DVDs are usually available for 24 hour loan. 

Books, Exhibition Catalogues, DVDs, etc.
If the items on your reserve form are available from the NSCAD Library they can usually be processed within 2-3 days. Items on loan will be recalled and placed on reserve when returned.

Items from other Novanet Libraries are only placed on reserve by permission of the owning Library. Please allow 7-10 days for processing if these items are on the shelf & slightly longer if the items are in circulation.

Individual  Readings in Books or Journals
Individual readings are provided as files or links of licensed content to be shared with students enrolled in your course. 

Personal Copies of Books
Whenever possible, the Library purchases books requested for reserve rather than place personal copies on reserve.  If a personal copy must be placed on reserve, the material will be given a barcode and a label. We make every effort to safeguard Reserve material, however, the Library cannot accept responsibility for lost and/or damaged items.

Required Textbooks
A copy of a required textbook may be placed on reserve. 

Please provide a copy of the course reading list and syllabus with the articles and ensure that a full citation, including the author, publisher, and original source, appears on all photocopies.  Note that whenever possible and available, the original source is placed on reserve which students may read in library, photocopy, scan etc. following fair dealing copying guidelines on campus.

Items NOT eligible for reserve include:

  • materials received through interlibrary loan;
  • current issues of non-academic periodicals; and
  • multiple excerpts from copyrighted works.

For assistance with reserves please send an email to

Reserves - Students

Reserve items (books, DVDs, other material) are available at the NSCAD University Library Circulation Desk.  You may borrow reserves using your NSCAD student ID which becomes your library card. You can search the Novanet Catalogue, using the Reserves tab, to find out what is on physical reserve for your course or instructor.

Copying of these materials is permitted provided you follow fair dealing copying guidelines

Borrowing periods:
3 hour, in-library use
1 hour outside library use

24 hour loan

Otherwise, at professor's discretion.

Equipment Reserve Loans

External DVD Drives
The library offers external DVD drives for loan at the Circulation Desk.  These drives are cross platform compatible, although there may be issues with individual computer configurations. It is recommended that you use VLC as the media player of choice in order to avoid problems with DVDs meant for use in particular geographic regions.

Borrowing Period:
48 hours

One set of standard over the ear headphones for use in library with DVDs, YouTube videos, etc.

Borrowing Period:
3 hours

Link to VLC download page