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Who Can Borrow?

University of King's College students, faculty, and staff have full access to both physical items and e-resources.

Members of the community can apply for an Community Borrower's Card at the circulation desk which allows you to borrow circulating material for the general loan period.

Everyone is welcome to browse the selection, read, and study in the library during open hours.

See Patron Types below for more details.

Loan Periods

General Loan: 3 weeks

Faculty may borrow materials for a full Term Loan. Ask Library staff for current Term Loan due date.

Course Reserves:
A small selection of our collection is under Course Reserve. These items will have bookmarks in them to identify their loan periods. Please keep them in the books when in use and return to the circulation desk before the period is up.

Fines and Fees

Novanet libraries, including King's Library, no longer charge late fees on most loaned items, with the exception of course reserves.

If any item is lost or damaged, the patron will be charged the replacement cost and processing fee.

Library Rules

No food in the library.
All drinks must be in a reusable mug with a lid.
This is a quiet space. Conversation is asked to be kept to a minimum, and headphones must be used for audio.  
Study rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis, but they are not sound-proof. 

We thank you for your cooperation.

Patron Types

Your student ID acts as your library card and allows you to borrow from any Novanet Library.
Registration, renewal, and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the My Library Account option of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Course Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King's is three.

Returns

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk during open hours or the Return Bin at the back of the building.

With the exception of Course Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

All public and academic libraries in Nova Scotia are participants of the "Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere" (BARA) initiative. This means that you can return materials to the most convenient participating location. For more information visit Libraries, Archives & Museums Nova Scotia.

Fines and Fees

Novanet libraries, including King's Library, no longer charge late fees on most loaned items. The only exceptions are the following:

  • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
  • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day

For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.

Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.

Diplomas and transcripts are withheld for outstanding loans and and fines. Students will be unable to register for courses if their library account is in arrears.

Notices and Statements

  • Reminder notices are emailed to patrons three days before books are due.
  • Overdue notices are emailed when books are eight days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly.
  • Notices are sent via email if an email address is supplied.

Holds and Recalls

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the "Request a Hold or Loan" option in the catalogue.
  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except Community Borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days' loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Recalled items are held at the circulation desk for the requesting borrower for 7 days after their return.
  • Recalls can only be placed at the Circulation Desk of the owning library.

Your staff ID acts as your library card and permits borrowing from any Novanet library. Faculty and staff ID cards must be registered at your home library before going to another institution to borrow. You are responsible for renewing your library registration each year. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Loan Period

The following loan periods apply for items borrowed from the University of King’s College Library only.
King’s and Dalhousie Faculty

  • Books: Term Loan (January 30, April 30 or September 30)
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Course Reserves: various

Loan privileges for faculty will differ at each Novanet Library. Please confirm your loan period at the time of borrowing.
King’s Staff and Faculty of other Novanet Institutions

  • Books: 90 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Course Reserves: various

Staff of other Novanet Institutions

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Course Reserves: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the My Library Account option of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King’s is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to a Novanet library for renewal.

Returns

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk during open hours or the Return Bin at the back of the building.

With the exception of Course Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

All public and academic libraries in Nova Scotia are participants of the "Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere" (BARA) initiative. This means that you can return materials to the most convenient participating location. For more information visit Libraries, Archives & Museums Nova Scotia.

Fines and Fees

Novanet libraries, including King's Library, no longer charge late fees on most loaned items.The only exceptions are the following:

  • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
  • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day

For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.

Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.

Notices and Statements

  • Reminder notices are emailed to patrons three days before books are due.
  • Overdue notices are emailed when books are eight days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly.
  • Notices are normally sent via email if an email address is supplied.

Holds and Recalls

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the "Request a Hold or Loan" option in the catalogue.
  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except Community Borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days' loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Recalled items are held at the circulation desk for the requesting borrower for 7 days after their return.
  • Recalls can only be placed at the Circulation Desk of the owning library.

Alumni of King’s may continue to borrow from the University of King’s College Library and other Novanet institutions by registering for a Novanet Community Borrowers' card. Alumni are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing the library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Any Alumni who don't qualify for a Novanet Community Borrowers' card may be eligible for an Alumni borrower's card, which would be valid only for material housed at the University of King's College Library. If you fall under this category, please contact library@ukings.ca for more information.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning the items directly to the Library or through the Patron Functions of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to the library for renewal.

Returns

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk during open hours or the Return Bin at the back of the building.

With the exception of Course Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

All public and academic libraries in Nova Scotia are participants of the "Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere" (BARA) initiative. This means that you can return materials to the most convenient participating location. For more information visit Libraries, Archives & Museums Nova Scotia.

Fines and Fees

Novanet libraries, including King's Library, no longer charge late fees on most loaned items. The only exceptions are the following:

  • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
  • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day

For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.

Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.

Alumni who accumulate significant fines, or who fail to return library material, may be referred to our collection agency.

Holds and Recalls

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the "Request a Hold or Loan" option in the catalogue.
  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except Community Borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days' loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Holders of Alumni Borrowing Cards are not permitted to place recalls.

Residents of Nova Scotia who are 18 years of age or older can obtain a Novanet Community Borrowers' card, which permits borrowing from any Novanet library. Patrons are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing the library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk. Those who do not qualify for a Community Borrowers' card are welcome to consult materials in the library.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Reserves: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the Patron Functions of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King’s is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to a Novanet library for renewal.

Returns

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk during open hours or the Return Bin at the back of the building.

With the exception of Course Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

All public and academic libraries in Nova Scotia are participants of the "Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere" (BARA) initiative. This means that you can return materials to the most convenient participating location. For more information visit Libraries, Archives & Museums Nova Scotia.

Fines

  • Fines are charged on overdue items at the following rates:
    • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
    • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
    • Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.
  • For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.
  • Community Borrowers who accumulate significant fines, or who fail to return library material, will be referred to our collection agency.

Notices and Statements

  • Overdue notices are emailed to emailed to patrons when books are seven days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly for all current debts in excess of $10.00.

Holds and Recalls

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the "Request a Hold or Loan" option in the catalogue.
  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except Community Borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days' loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Community Borrowers are not permitted to recall items from other patrons.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are kept behind the Circulation Counter.

Ask any staff for assistance and they will grab the book for you.

These are titles, such as FYP books, that program faculty have set aside for course readings so that they are easily available to as many students as possible.

For Students

Reserves are given loan periods ranging from two hours to seven days. Course Reserves are some of the only items in Novanet that still accrue late fines. Please check the reserve slip on each item for the applicable fine rate and loan period.

 

For Faculty

Any faculty member teaching a course at King’s may place items on reserve for that course. Requests can include any required readings that you may wish to have available on short-term loan in the Library, as well as supporting literature for the courses. Any books not available in our Library can be borrowed from other Novanet libraries to be placed on reserve.

Please note the following:

  • Reserve requests for books that are in the Library should be submitted two weeks prior to the beginning of the class.
  • Reserve requests for books that will need to be ordered for the Library must be submitted eight weeks prior to the beginning of the class.
  • A minimum of two business days is required for processing any items added to an existing list during the course of the term.
  • Items that need to be obtained from other Novanet Libraries require an additional five business days for processing.
  • Articles may be placed on reserve for a course. For copyright purposes, these copies must not exceed 10% of a published work.
To request that an item be placed on course reserve, email library@ukings.ca.