The Library offers the same services to distance students as to on-campus students. The library website is the primary source for finding information resources and related services. Use the Ask Us section on every page of our website, call us toll-free at 1.877.222.1722, send a text to780.666.3553, or call us locally at 780.471.8844. We are happy to help you find information, conduct research, and borrow materials.
Search for Resources
Your NAIT ID card serves as your library card. When you borrow books, you’re responsible for their care, return, and any charges incurred. You will have a loan period of 4 weeks, including shipping time, with two renewals for 3 weeks. A one week grace period for return shipping will be added. Material requested by other users, or needed for reserve, will not be renewed.
NAIT ID card
NAIT student identification cards can be obtained by contacting 780.378.6133.
Delivery of Library Books
Requesting Delivery of Print Materials
Placing a Hold on an Item
Receiving & Returning Library Books
You will be able to receive and return requested books via Canada Post at no charge. Remember to keep the container the material arrived in, as well as the Return Label. Return material to the Library by the due date to avoid late fees. Place the material in the container, seal it, place the Return Label on the container and take it to a Canada Post outlet. The number on the lower portion of the Return Label will allow the item to be tracked by you and the Library via the Canada Post website.
It is important to provide an up-to-date email address so the Library can send you notices. The email address you provide at student registration will be used to notify you about::
Items can be renewed twice, provided the item has not been requested by other users.
At the library website www.nait.ca/library click My Account & Renew Books, located below the search box. Click My Account at the top right and then click Renew beside each item you want to renew.
Fines and Fees
Print notifications will be sent to your attention via Canada Post.
The library charges $1.00 per day for each overdue item. Borrowing privileges will be suspended once fines reach $20.00.
Lost or Damaged Material
At the end of each term, students will be placed on Financial Hold with NAIT Financial Services if they have outstanding fines, fees, or lost library items.
The Library accepts payments by cash or cheque only. Interac and credit card payments can be made at the Project Factory. If you are placed on Financial Hold you can also make payment through MyNAIT Portal or the Cash Office. When payment is made through MyNAIT Portal you must contact NAIT at: 780.471.6248 to have your Financial Hold Indicator removed.
Requesting Articles from Library Periodicals
Most articles are available online, but those that are not can be delivered to you via email.
Use the search box on the library website to find the name of the periodical. Select Additional Services. Under Find It at Another Library select Request document via NAIT Library Document Delivery System, fill out the form and click Send Request.
Borrowing from Other Libraries
The Library is a member of The Alberta Library. You can request a TAL card by contacting the Library. Use this free card to borrow material from over 290 participating libraries in Alberta.
As a NAIT student, you can request that we borrow books and articles from other libraries, if we do not hold those items in our own collection.
Use the Request form available on the library website under Contact Us > Request Forms or follow the Interlibrary Loan links when using the library website to find materials. For more information contact email@example.com.
Read or print our brochure on: Services for Distance Students (PDF)
Welcome eCampusAlberta Students
As an eCampusAlberta student who has chosen to take a course offered by NAIT, you have full access to services available from NAIT Library. Come in or use our services from a distance. If you are at a distance, please check the services we offer Distance Students.
If you have chosen NAIT as your partner institution, you are welcome to come in and use the Library. For distance services, please use the library at the institution providing your course.
NAIT Library coordinates services with the Services for Students with Disabilities office with the goal of providing a rewarding library experience to users with disabilities.
Current or future NAIT students with a disability or who suspect they have a disability should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office. Staff work with each student to develop a support plan to meet individual learning and participation needs. Staff provide information and resources to make your NAIT experience positive and successful.
The Library is located on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resources Centre building at the north end of Main Campus on the southwest corner of the intersection of 106 Street and 118 Avenue.
Where the library building or facilities restrict access, please ask for assistance at the Library Help Desk or contact us in advance via Ask Us! from any page on the Library website.
Library Material Retrieval
The book shelves in the library may not be accessible to all users. If you have difficulty reaching or lifting materials or seeing the call numbers, please ask for assistance at the Help Desk.
Library staff will retrieve books and periodicals in advance. Request this service by contacting us at:
McNally Library Lending Services Desk
Or Call toll free: 877.222.1722
You can also request that books or periodicals be delivered to one of our delivery points on campus.
Steps to Request items:
Use the search box on the library website to find books you want delivered. If the status is Available, click Request (you will have to sign in first), then click on Delivery.
If the status is “Checked out”, click Request (you will have to sign in first), then click Delivery. You will receive an e-mail notification when your item is available for pick up.
Library staff members check for incoming requests throughout the day. Requests are filled and sent the same day as they are received. Most items should reach on-campus locations by the next day or, at the latest, 2 days after you submit a request. Material that needs to travel a longer distance could take a week.
Students must view audiovisual material in the Library. Audiovisual viewing carrels are wheelchair accessible.
Audio description, closed captioning, and open captioning are indicated on the container and in the item record for library AV material. Please let us know if this information is missing.
To find videos with audio or captioned titles, use the search tool and enter one of the following search terms: "audio described," "closed captioned," or "open captioned."
Many videos/DVDs offer these features as options that must be chosen from the menu. Please ask at the Audiovisual desk if you require the remote control.
Please ask us about services such as:
Evacuation Procedure for Mobility Impaired Person(s). The procedure is:
Ambulatory individuals are those with disabilities that require special assistance during an evacuation. Examples include the blind, the deaf, or those whose mobility is restricted by the use of walkers or crutches. Assigned Aides should help these individuals by:
1. Guiding them to the stairwell of the building and waiting near the stairwell until it is clear.
2. Helping them walk down the stairwell and outside to the pre-planned assembly area.
Non-ambulatory individuals are those with disabilities that require the use of wheelchairs. You should assist these individuals by:
1. Moving the impaired individual near the stairwell and awaiting assistance.
2. Notify area Fire Wardens so that they can notify emergency responders of the exact location. In the event this is not possible, one of the aides would go ahead and notify the emergency responders. One aide should remain with the person.
3. If the hazard becomes life-threatening (i.e., the fire is getting close, or the smoke becomes choking), move the individual into a room and close the door. Vacate the building and immediately tell the emergency responders (Chief Warden, NAIT Security, NAIT OHS, or Fire Department) where the individual is located.
(From: Department of Occupational Health and Safety Evacuation of Mobility Impaired Evacuation of Mobility Impaired-2.doc Revision Date: February, 2008)
The Cape Breton University MBA in Community Economic Development is hosted by NAIT, and library resources and services are available to CBU students.
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