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This guide will explain the services available to the various types of patrons of the CBU Library.
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Library Hours

During the regular school year, the Library is open during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 12 am
Friday 8:00 am - 9 pm
Saturday 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday 11 am - 12 am


Please visit our hours page regarding exam, summer and holiday hours.


Reference Services

Reference Services offers library help, user education programs and online searching assistance for the Library's clients.

During the regular school year, a librarian or library technician is available at the Reference Desk during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday not available
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm


Please contact the Library regarding summer and holiday hours. You can also visit our library hours page.

For genealogical research assistance please contact the Beaton Institute.


Reserve Material

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 AUCC Fair Dealing policy addendum to the Access Copyright Interim Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff.

How to Place Materials on Reserve

Submit your reserves request forms to Samantha Delaney by email ( or at the Circulation Desk. Reserve request forms are available in PDF format from the links below. Please completely fill out the form to assure efficient processing.

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, four weeks notice is requested for processing reserve material. This is particularly necessary at the beginning of fall and winter terms.

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

Removing Materials From the Reserve Collection

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


Novanet Express

CBU faculty can request items found in Novanet by clicking on "Request a hold or request a loan" in the item record. The item will be transferred from the owning library to CBU as soon as possible.


Inter-Library Loan

CBU faculty can request an item not held by the CBU Library by filling out a Document Delivery / Relais form. The Library will endeavour to find the requested item and retrieve it, regardless of the location of the owning institution. The time required to fill an Inter-Library Loan request will vary based on the location of the lending institution.

Your User Login is the 14 digit Barcode number on your ID card with no spaces and your Password is, by default, the last 4 digits of your phone number

There is generally no fee for this service, though rare items may incur a cost depending on the loaning institution.


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:

  1. introduce students and faculty to available print and electronic resources
  2. teach students and faculty to use these resources effectively
  3. 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 Science & Technology, Emergency Management, Health Studies and Nursing (563-1993)
Emily Chasse, School of Arts & Social Science, and Education (563-1996)
Laura Syms, Shannon School of Business (563-1994)


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.

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