Document Delivery for Distance Students

What is Document Delivery and Document Delivery Distance Services?

Document Delivery
Document Delivery is responsible for obtaining materials which are unavailable at StFX either in print or online. StFX students, staff and faculty can borrow physical material and obtain copies of articles or chapters from works that are not held by the StFX Library. We will do our best to fill all requests.

Document Delivery Distance Services
Document Delivery is also responsible for delivering print materials from the StFX collection to distance students, staff and faculty. Your local library (whether a university, college, hospital or public library) should be your first resource for locating research material.

Most local libraries will lend books and allow you to photocopy materials. Some libraries will facilitate borrowing materials from other libraries through Document Delivery. A charge may apply to some or all of these services.

Who can use Document Delivery Distance Services?
Distance Services are available to anyone registered in or teaching a distance class. StFX will provide registered students with a library card and, on request, a letter of introduction to local libraries. Your StFX library card can be used to borrow books from StFX or any library in the Novanet system. If you are outside Nova Scotia, your local library should be your first resource. You may request a CAUL/ASIN library card to borrow from these institutions.

You need a CAUL/ASIN card if you want to borrow books or other printed resources from university libraries outside of Nova Scotia. If you would like to have a CAUL/ASIN card contact Kris MacSween, Access Services Manager.

What if I live outside of Nova Scotia?
Members of the StFX Community registered in or teaching a distance class, who are unable to physically access the StFX campus may contact the Document Delivery department about solutions for accessing the Library’s print materials.

What services does Document Delivery provide?

Novanet Express

Document Delivery

  • a.k.a. Interlibrary Loan, supplies materials from and to other libraries across Canada and internationally
  • Document Delivery requests can be place using the:
  • the ‘Check for Full Text…’ link in our databases
  • choosing Document Delivery from additional options in the Journal list,
  • by using the Document Delivery form on the Document Delivery home page. 

How do I check my Library account?
For both your Novanet and Relais accounts, log in using your StFX ID barcode (2199300…) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number).

Log in to your Novanet Library Account
To renew books borrowed on Novanet, or to check the status of holds, and fines, log in to your library account and choose the "My Library Account" tab.

Log in to your Document Delivery Relais Account
To request a renewal of a book borrowed from outside of Novanet, or to check the status of a request or to cancel a request, log in to the document delivery system and choose "Open Request" from the menu on the left of the screen

Are there any fees or limits to Document Delivery Distance Services?
The library assumes the costs for mailing items to patrons within Canada. Patrons assume the responsibility for paying to have these materials returned to StFX. Limits on items requested may be enforced.

How far will Document Delivery Distance Services mail print materials?
Document Delivery will supply items anywhere within Canada.
We encourage anyone living in Nova Scotia, within easy access of a Novanet Library, to order material available within Novanet via Novanet Express.

My question isn't answered here, who do I contact for more information?
More information on Document Delivery can be found on the Document Delivery page.

More information on the library services for our Distance Students can be found on the Library Services for Distance and Continuing Education Students page.

For further assistance or more information about Document Delivery or Novanet Express, please contact the Document Delivery Department at 902-867-2421, 1-902-867-2421, or

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