Borrow Our Materials

Access Services staff are pleased to assist you with all library circulation matters. Normally, when a problem arises from your use of material from another library, we ask that you get in touch with that library directly.

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Eligible Borrowers

A significant portion of the collection at the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary's University is available to be borrowed. Most of our books and periodicals, and some special collections such as government documents and multi-media collections, may be signed out under our borrowing rules.

Students, staff and faculty of Saint Mary's University and other Nova Scotia post-secondary libraries, some high school students, and adult members of the general public are eligible for borrowing privileges at the Patrick Power Library. Most of those associated with universities and colleges automatically have borrowing rights; other categories of borrowers must apply for privileges. In most cases, members of the public need only present an official picture ID, such as a driver's license, for privileges to be granted right away.

Your Library Card

Your Saint Mary's University identification (ID) card is also your library card.  ID cards are issued, free of charge, at the University ID Centre in the Patrick Power Library lobby. ID Unit hours are posted. The ID Unit may be contacted at 496-8171.

Or you may submit an electronic ID photo using our Online Photo ID Submission form 

Students applying for a University Identification Card must bring a photo ID (such as a Driver’s License or Passport) and your Banner number (i.e., A number) to the Library. All students are required to fill out a Student ID Form. You may print and bring a completed form when you come to the library.

Saint Mary’s faculty and staff may also apply for ID cards either in person or electronically. All faculty and staff are required to fill out a Library and Staff Registration Form. This form must be signed off by the Department Head and presented before an ID card is issued.


University Identification Card Policy

All University Identification cards are the property of Saint Mary’s University.

ID cards are required to borrow Library material; may be required when writing exams; is paired with a UPass for Metro Transit; allows access to the Homburg athletic facility; and may be requested when you attend University functions.

It cannot be transferred; only you can use it to take out material. It may be used to borrow material from any Novanet library. Do not lend your card to anyone for any purpose.

ID Rules and Regulations:

For your safety and to protect your property, lost cards must be immediately reported to the Library.

A replacement ID card will be produced for a $15.00 fee. The card owner is responsible for replacing other permissions on the card.

In the event of replacing a lost ID card, the original card is no longer valid and should the original card be used, it will be confiscated by staff and destroyed.

Saint Mary’s ID cards must be renewed annually in September but may be renewed earlier if the student has registered for classes. 


Do not tamper or deface the card. Cards that have had obvious neglect or misuse will have a replacement cost of $15.

There is no charge to replace the ID if the photo or information on card is no longer visible, or if the card has cracked or broken.

Take care of your ID card. If it goes missing, report its loss to staff at the Circulation Services desk right away. An unreasonable delay in reporting your card's loss may make you responsible for its use in the interim. A card that is lost or destroyed may be replaced, for a $15.00 fee. Again, check with Circulation staff for assistance.

Please arrange for free replacement of your card if your name changes, or if your status within the University changes.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP): Saint Mary’s University respects your privacy. Your personal information is protected and used in compliance with Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 1993, c5, s.1. For more information, please visit

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Loan Periods

Loan periods for library items vary, depending upon the type of material, and your 'status' within the University:

Books - basic loan period is three weeks. This loan period is available to all Novanet undergraduate students and to off-campus (community) borrowers.

Novanet undergraduate students who are writing honours theses are entitled to loan periods of six weeks.

Graduate students and faculty registered at other Novanet libraries have loan periods lasting the current academic term.

Saint Mary's faculty may borrow books for the current academic year.

Periodicals and DVDs - one week, for all patrons

Government Documents - circulating government documents have loan periods of three weeks

The Reference Collection - Material from our Reference collection, Statistics Canada government documents, and a smattering of other specialized items, are non-circulating.

Reserve Collection - Library books and other material set aside for students registered in particular classes have shorter loan periods, which are established in consultation with course instructors. They may be loaned for periods between one hour and three days.

We recommend that you verify the dues dates of items you have signed out through your online Library Account.

Fines and Lost Books

All borrowers are responsible for items borrowed on their Library cards. Do not lend your card or the items you borrow to someone else. You must notify the Library right away if your University ID card is lost or stolen.

All material signed out from the University Library is subject to overdue fines. Fine rates vary from 25 cents/day for most material to a $1.00/hour for in-demand Reserve items. Items recalled for another borrower, not returned on time, are fined at the rate of $1.25 per day.

An accumulation of fines will mean that your borrowing privileges are suspended, and may cause the loss of other University privileges. Students with significant fines will be unable to register for courses, and may lose their right to graduate.

Fines or lost-book bills incurred at other Novanet libraries are honoured at Saint Mary's and you can pay these fines here. We will transfer the fine to the library to which it is owed. We ask that students who lose library material settle their accounts directly with the owning library.

Please check your personal patron account, through the Online Public Catalogue, to keep track of the due dates of any material you have borrowed and to learn of any amounts owing. Staff at the Circulation Desk will be pleased to show you how to access your account and to discuss any payment issues with you.


Library material may be returned directly to the Circulation desk. Items may also be returned to any Novanet Library, where they will be signed in right away.

A secure off-hours book drop is located next to the Science parking lot. Reserve items must be returned to Library staff, and not through the book-drop.

Public Libraries will return items to us and will endeavor to notify us of the receipt of our books but you may be responsible for late fines that occur in the interim.

If you have been notified that an item has been recalled for another patron, please hand the item directly to a Circulation staff member. This will help us speed it on its way to the next borrower.

Items should be returned on time. If you need an item past its due date, renew it online. If you have a problem doing so, e-mail us at , or call the Circulation Desk at 420-5547.

Please check books before they are returned, removing personal effects or page-markers, and—should you be so unwise—erase any underlining or notes you may have made. You are responsible for the condition of any book you sign out. If you notice that a book you wish to sign out is damaged in any way, please mention this to library staff.


Patrick Power Library material may be renewed three times, unless an item is on hold or has been recalled for use by another borrower. When an item renewed three times is due, it must be brought back.

Items may be brought to the Patrick Power Library's Circulation Desk for renewal. We will also renew items that you have signed out from other Novanet libraries.

Novanet libraries' material may also be renewed online. The procedure for doing so is straightforward:

  • Begin in the Novanet Public Catalogue,
  • Select the tab, found near the top-left corner of the page, labeled My Library Account.
  • On the entry page, first enter the barcode number found on the front of your ID card, or your 'A' number. In the Password space, enter the last four digits of your telephone number. If you cannot enter your Library Account with this information, visit the Circulation Services desk, or call us at 420-5547.
  • On the first page of your account, select Loans.
  • We will give you a list of the items that you have out. Select Renew All, or check the box next to the items you wish renewed, then select Renew.

If an item has been renewed three times, or if it is on hold for another borrower, it will not be renewed.

"In Processing" Materials

When the Online Public Catalogue indicates that an item is "In Processing", it has been received but not yet added to the collection.

It can take several months for new items to be added to the collection. If you find an item in the catalogue that you would like to borrow right away, please complete a Status Check form at the Circulation Desk. Library staff will locate and process the item on a priority basis, allowing you to pick it up in one or two working days. "In Storage" Materials Less-used items from our collection have been placed in off-site storage. In our Online Public Catalogue we have identified this material as "In Storage". If you would like us to retrieve an In Storage item, please complete a Storage Request form at the Circulation desk. The item should be in your hands within three days.


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