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Library Policies

Library Mission Statement

CBU Library is an innovative information resource center that supports and enhances the academic mission of Cape Breton University. The library offers excellent instruction and information resources to its users through the selected databases, online journals, newspapers, and books in print and electronic format that are purchased, or access provided to on campus, electronically, and through Interlibrary Loan. We strive to provide excellent support and services for the use of our resources through research assistance, be it in person at the library or through electronic means at a distance (LiveHelp, LibAnswers), and through information literacy instruction at the library or in the classroom. The library provides a welcoming atmosphere with our physical space that allows for both quiet study and reflection, as well as group study areas where conversation and debate is encouraged.

Code of Conduct

Disruptive behaviour is not respectful and is therefore not tolerated in CBU Library. Disruptive behaviour includes excessive noise; verbal and physical abuse; intimidation and/or harassment; intentional theft or mutilation of any library material; improper or unauthorized use of CBU’s equipment; and vandalism of Library infrastructure. The second floor of the Library is designated a “Quiet Study Area”.  Conversations in a quiet study area should be brief and quiet.  Anyone who violates this code of conduct will receive a verbal warning and/or borrowing privileges may be suspended depending on the seriousness of the violation. Those responsible for damage to Library property will be required to pay the Library for damages. The Dean of the Library (or his/her designate) will be present at any appeal of an alleged violation of this code of conduct.

COVID related / temporary policies

Food and Drink

CBU Library strives to maintain a comfortable atmosphere and to protect its collections and resources, therefore, food is not permitted.

Beverages with lids are permitted, however, no drinks are allowed at computers, microfiche machines, printers, or photocopiers. You are asked to be considerate of others and to clean up after yourself. Use appropriate trash and/or recycling receptacles. Accidents do happen so we request that if you spill something alert staff so clean-up can be attended to promptly.

Personal Property and “Lost & Found” Policies

CBU Library is not responsible for loss of or damage to personal property. Found items can be turned in to “Lost & Found” at the Circulation Desk. When ownership of the item can be determined, staff will attempt to contact the owner. Whether the owner can be identified or not, items will be kept for 14 days. Items in “Lost & Found” more than 14 days will be disposed of at the Library’s discretion.

Laptop Loans

Laptops must be booked online ahead of time and will not be bookable at the circulation desk.  Please book here:

Each laptop includes a carrying case and power unit. Laptop units do not include a mouse. A mouse can be borrowed upon request.

Laptops may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk by Cape Breton University students, faculty, and staff with a valid Cape Breton University email address. Library users must be in good standing, i.e. no outstanding library fines or liabilities over $10.00.

Laptops must be returned in person to the Circulation Desk. Do not drop the laptops into the return bin or leave them on the counter. Please report any damages or issues with the laptop to the Circulation staff immediately.

Borrowers are financially responsible for the laptop and accessories while signed out in their name. Overdue fines are $10.00 per hour to a maximum of $200.00. If laptops have not been returned within 24 hours of the due date, the laptop will be declared lost. A replacement fee of $1500.00 will be applied to your account and your borrowing privileges will be suspended.

Do not leave the laptop unattended, a full replacement fee will be charged if the laptop is damaged or lost.  

Any information saved on the hard drive is automatically wiped when the unit is powered down. You can temporarily save documents on the laptop while it’s on, but make sure to save to USB or email your files before you turn off the laptop. CBU Library is not responsible for any lost data or damage to files.

Altering the laptop configuration in any manner is prohibited.

Seminar Rooms

Seminar rooms for group work are available for booking by CBU affiliated patrons by signing in here.

To book:

  • Click the time you would like from the online booking calendar .
  • Fill out your name and CBU email address (only cbu emails can book).
  • You will receive a confirmation email which MUST be clicked within an hour to verify your booking.
  • Come to the circulation desk at the library and pick up the key for your room using your CBU ID. Your booking will be cancelled if you do not show up within 15 minutes of your booking.
  • Make sure you have the key returned at the end of your booking, as library fines apply for late keys. 

 The rooms can be booked for 2 hours at a time, one booking/day/patron,  and can be booked 2 weeks in advance.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available for checkout by CBU students, faculty and staff on a first come, first served basis. The rooms can be booked for 2 hours at a time and cannot be booked in advance. The key to the study room and the marker set (if applicable) are considered hourly reserve items and are subject to overdue fines as such.

L-150 Library Instruction Lab

A space for teaching, library instruction, technology use and study. During times when the facility is not scheduled for instruction, it is mainly used by students to work and study in, and can be booked for occasional group teaching, library staff training, technology use and other uses that fit within the library’s mission and vision. The Library Lab can be booked by liaison librarians. This is first come first serve, however first priority is given to library instruction provided by Library Staff at CBU.