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Welcome from the Dean and What to Expect for Fall 2020!



Welcome to our new and returning students to the Cape Breton University Library. While you won’t be taking your classes on campus this upcoming term, the CBU library’s resources and staff are available to provide access to the information you need for your studies and to help in finding and using that information. I encourage you to register with the CBU Library. It is through the Library that you will be connected with valuable information resources such as e-books, online academic journals, films, sources of data etc. All will be readily and easily accessible to you through the library’s website. These resources are credible, authoritative, and chosen by subject specialists and faculty to support learning and research at CBU.

In addition to making the information available to you, we are here to help you find, access, and use credible and authoritative information which will help you to build competence and confidence in your academic endeavors. Just use our Ask Us live chat service – there are staff available to provide assistance. Each of our school librarians will be providing instruction in your online classes and will be available through online chat and email to help you individually find, use, and cite the information you need to succeed in your studies and assignments.

We are part of your learning team; whether you are working online or, in the future, on the CBU campus. We, at CBU Library, look forward to working with you this year.

On behalf of all at CBU Library, good luck with your studies and have a great year!

Catherine Arseneau

Dean, Library and Cultural Resources

What to Expect for Fall 2020

While the library is physically closed, we are offering services online, and are working plans for a safe re-opening in the future. Check back here for updates.For accurate and up-to-date information on Cape Breton University’s response to COVID-19 including FAQ’s and community messages, visit

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 for regular physical items ( not including reserve materials, laptops, etc)  If you must return your library materials, there is a return box located in Center Campus (CC) next to the Campus Security Office..
  • 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 several libraries are not yet participating ( NSCC and MTA), 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,