Interlibrary Loan

Borrow from Other Libraries

Novanet Express Interlibrary Loan

Novanet Express allows you to send a request to borrow books or get copies of journal articles from other Novanet libraries as you find the material in the Novanet catalogue.

Interlibrary Loan service allows you to acquire books and articles not available at this library.

Who can borrow through these services?

Novanet Express service is available to off-campus borrowers holding a Novanet-wide borrowing card.

Interlibrary Loan service is extended only to currently-registered students, staff and faculty of Cape Breton University.

How do I submit a request?

Search for the material in the catalogue first. Any circulating book or full-text article held at another Novanet library may be ordered directly from the catalogue through the Novanet Express delivery service. You may also borrow books in person from any Novanet library using your registered CBU ID card.

What if the item isn’t available in Nova Scotia through Novanet?

Click on the Interlibrary Loan link at the top of this page, then choose the appropriate form to request either a book or a journal article.

How long will it take for the material to arrive?

Items ordered through Novanet Express should arrive within three to five business days. Notifications are sent by email to the address in your library record. Check your email frequently and be sure to look for messages that may have been put into a junk or spam folder.

Since books ordered through Interlibrary Loan are shipped greater distances by mail, allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. Copies of journal articles ordered through Interlibrary Loan often arrive within just a few days and can usually be delivered to you directly by email. Materials ordered from outside of Canada may take longer. In any case, although we will try to meet your deadlines, Interlibrary Loan is not able to guarantee delivery.

How much does it cost?

Our Interlibrary loan services are free to you. In exceptional cases, there could be a charge for extraordinary delivery of material through Interlibrary Loan, but only if you have agreed to the cost in advance.

Where can I pick up material that has arrived for me?

You will be contacted by email once an interlibrary loan item arrives. Materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. Whenever possible, copies of journal articles will be sent directly to your email address.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact us.

You may also visit the Interlibrary Loan office on the main floor of the Library.

Mary Campbell
Interlibrary Loan

Phone: 902-563-1995