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COVID-19 Library planning/ updates

CBU Library COVID-19 Planning and Updates

For accurate and up-to-date information on Cape Breton University’s response to COVID-19 including FAQ’s and community messages, visit

The CBU Library is currently closed. All Library services, including reference, are being offered digitally. Please read below for more information on circulation, curbside pickup, contacts, and library support for faculty and students.


Online Services and Supports

Patrons are encouraged to access the following on-line services::

  • Online LiveHelp Chat, Email and AskUs: Visit the online chat service available for help with research. Patrons can also access research assistance via email or our AskUs service. Please see: 
  • Databases, ebooks and online sources: Our databases, ebooks and other online sources will continue to be available via the CBU Library. Remember to use the ‘Off Campus Access’ button under the popular tasks menu in order to access all of our online resources from home @
  • Tutorials for using the library are available here:


  • Curbside pickup is now available. Please use the form here to request a pickup.
  • Please be advised that the circulation desk is closed, we only offer curbside pickup on Tues and Wed from 10-12, for regular physical items ( not including reserve materials, laptops, etc)  If you need to return materials, there is a drop off slot just inside the first set of doors at the back of the library (beside the daycare).
  • Reserve items will no longer be circulating. If you require a reserve textbook or resource, please email your professor to make digital arrangements with the library.
  • Novanet Express is back up and running, however some libraries may not be participating, and books may be slower than usual to arrive. Please note that reserve items cannot be requested. Interlibrary loan is available, but may be slower than normal.
  • Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin,

 Resources For Teachers

For the health of our staff, we will be suspending the use of physical reserve materials. Please use our reserve forms for submitting new materials such as book chapters, articles and other e resources. Course Reserves. If you have questions or issues, please contact Elaine Cuff
If you have other materials you would like for your class and are having trouble sourcing or linking to them, please email your school librarian and we will check the copyright information and try our best to either send you a link, or look into a purchase. Information on copyright and uploading materials into Moodle (created by York University):

It's easier to link! Linking to content found in the library, or elsewhere, alleviates the need to worry about copyright infringement, and saves space on servers. When linking to resources, ensure you are using a permalink (also known as a persistent link), rather than the URL at the top of your webpage. If you have trouble locating a permalink, please email your librarian. View a quick tutorial on permalinks using Novanet:

Consider using open access materials (textbooks, journals, articles) to make access easier on students. If you need help finding openly available material for your courses, creating permalinks, or accessing resources, contact your librarian.Open Textbook Information



Cathy Chisholm, School of Education and Health.

Jasmine Hoover, School of Science and Technology.

Jason Lee, temporary School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Laura Syms, School of Business.

Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin,