Services for Faculty


Borrowing Materials

CBU faculty are welcome to borrow from the Library. Your CBU Staff ID is your library card. You must register your ID card with the library at the beginning of each academic year to access our services. Faculty generally have a borrowing period of 1 academic term. You will be notified if your item needs to be returned earlier.

Borrowing policies vary for Reserves and Special & Donated Collections items.

Course Reserves

What Can Be Placed on Reserve:

  • Library Books
  • Photocopies of single articles form periodicals
  • Photocopies of single chapters from books
  • Personal copies of books or periodicals
  • Videocassettes and DVDs
  • Solutions to problems
  • Solutions to tests
  • Lecture notes and/or overheads

Material placed on Reserve must adhere to the copyright guidelines set by the Canadian Copyright Act.

Submit your reserves request forms (see below) to the Circulation Desk.

Items are placed on reserve for one term and will be kept on reserve for a second term when requested in writing.

In order to meet demand, 2 weeks notice is requested for processing reserve material.

Reserve Request forms in PDF format (Click here to get Adobe Acrobat Reader):

Faculty are asked to update their list each term, identifying items to remain on reserve and items to be removed.

Subject Guides

Find resources that are useful for a specific subject area.

CBU Special Collections

The CBU Library holds regional and local important documents and materials that have been developed by CBU alumni and community members. Enjoy exploring our unique collections.

Interlibrary Loan

Books and other materials may be requested from outside libraries.

Note: Items from other Nova Scotia university libraries may be requested through Novanet, from other libraries through Document Delivery. Please visit Interlibrary Loans to learn more.

Reference Services

The Research Assistance Desk offers library help, user education programs and online searching assistance for the library’s patrons.

During the regular school year, a librarian or library technician is available at the Research Assistance Desk during regular hours.

Library Instruction

User Education and Information Literacy

The Cape Breton University Library offers an array of instructional opportunities for students and faculty. The goals of our instruction program are to:

  • introduce students and faculty to available print and electronic resources
  • teach students and faculty to use these resources effectively
  • assist in graduating students equipped to live and work in the knowledge economy

We want our students to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve problems and make decisions.

Library Tours

Faculty can schedule library tours to assist in orienting students to the library, its services and policies, resources, and physical layout. One week notice is requested.

Course Specific Library Instruction

Faculty and instructors are encouraged to schedule course specific library instruction throughout the academic year. September, October, January, and February are peak times for instruction and you’re advised to schedule early. Two week’s notice is appreciated; however, all requests will be accommodated, schedule permitting.

To request course specific instruction, please contact your liaison librarian:
Cathy Chisholm, School of Professional Studies (563-1993)
Laura Syms, Shannon School of Business (563-1994)
Jasmine Hoover, School of Science & Technology (563-1231)

Library Acquisitions

Faculty are encouraged to submit book order suggestions to the Liaison Librarian for their subject area.

Book Ordering Time Line

  • February – memo sent to faculty reminding them of need to get suggestions into the Library by April 1st to ensure material, if approved by their liaison librarian, is ordered and arrives by September.
  • April – suggestions should be submitted to ensure liaison librarians approve orders in time to likely arrive by September.
  • June – suggestions submitted to liaison librarians after June may not be filled in the current fiscal year.

Database for Our Faculty Publications (FACE)

The database was created in 2013 as a result of our Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit [FACE] to support knowledge dissemination and to showcase our faculty’s publications and contributions to academic research and community engagement.

The Library is indexing faculty’s publications, such as books, book chapters, articles, essays, and CDs. Physical items from the FACE Special Collection are housed in the CBU library. We encourage faculty to retain the right to publish in order to store the digital copy in the database. For further information, please contact your subject/liaison librarian.

Off-Campus Access

CBU Students can access the Library’s electronic resources from a remote location by logging in via the proxy server with the following information:

location by logging in via the proxy server with the following information:

Username: firstname_lastname e.g., john_smith
Password: email password
Circulation Desk

Phone: 902-563-1320

Research Assistance Desk

Phone: 902-563-1387

Patrick Hanratty
Library Technician – Distance Education, Reserves & Copyright

Office: Library

Phone: 902-563-1320

Mary Campbell
Library Technician, Document Delivery

Office: Library

Phone: 902.563.1995