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CBU Library supports teaching in the classroom, library, and online.

Open Educational Resources: Visit this website to learn more about OER. Need help finding resources? Talk to your liaison librarian about OER!

Library and Information Instruction

CBU Library offers several services to support your teaching:

Research and reference services: Liaison librarians are available to provide research assistance in-person at the Research Assistance Desk, via phone, email, or Novanet chat. 

Subject guides/course guides: Library guides (LibGuides) are subject-specific resources to assist your information search. Liaison librarians can also collaborate with you to create course guides which you can link directly to your course Moodle. Course guides help your students find resources needed for their course assignments. Also, visit the Teaching & Learning  LibGuide  for more resources to support your teaching in the classroom and online. 

Library tours: Library tours are offered year-round to help students navigate the library space, collections, services, and resources.  To book a tour please contact your liaison librarian.

Library workshops: Librarians are available to provide customized information and library workshops throughout the academic year. Workshops may include (but are not limited to) topics such as locating call numbers, conducting literature reviews, basic searches in Novanet, evaluating sources, advanced search strategies in subject-specific databases, special collections, citations and Zotero.  For customized library workshops please contact your liaison librarian. 

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.

Course Reserves

Reserve items include:

  • Items from our General Collection
  • Items provided by faculty
  • Copies of articles or single chapters
  • Videos
  • Solutions to problems or tests
  • Lecture notes 

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

Items may be placed on reserve for more than one term. Items surpassing two years will be monitored for either replacement or renewal.

Depending on demand, 3-5 business days is requested for processing reserve material.

Items will be returned to our General Collection at the end of the request period.

Items belonging to faculty are to be picked up at the Circulation Desk within 30 days of the end of the request period. Items not picked up will be sent back to the faculty member via internal mail.

Submit your reserve using these online forms:

OR fill out these PDF forms and bring them to the library

Questions? Please contact Elaine Cuff at  or 902.563.1129.

Copyright and Open Access

Fair Dealing: Fair Dealing is an exception in the Canadian Copyright Act that outlines the permitted unauthorized use of copyrighted materials for specific, mandated purposes. In Canada, these purposes include: research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review, or news reporting. For research and private study, education, parody and satire, no special requirements are required. For criticism, review, and news reporting, the source and author must be named to constitute fair dealing. The Copyright Act of Canada, Section 29 says the following:

Research, private study, etc.

s.29 Fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire does not infringe copyright.