Library Cards

How do I get a library card?

Your student ID, or faculty/staff ID is your library card (not exactly as shown).


How can I activate my Library Card?

Before you can borrow materials, you must first create an account at the library.  You can do this in-person at the Circulation Desk (See map), or you may use one of our new online forms.

Why do I need a library card?

Your library card will allow you to:

  • Borrow books and CDs
  • Borrow readings from Course Reserves
  • Access electronic resources like article databases from off-campus
  • Borrow materials from other libraries
  • Request items through Document Delivery
  • Reserve study rooms

Who can get a library card?

All currently registered students, faculty, and staff at St. Francis Xavier University are eligible to receive a library card. This includes retired faculty and staff.

Members of the public, eighteen years of age or older, can also register for a free library card.

What do I need to register my library card?

  • Student ID card (this will function as your library card)
  • Permanent home address
  • Permanent home phone number
  • Local phone number
  • StFX Email address
  • Permanent Email address
  • For the public: 2 official pieces of ID ( i.e. NS Driver's License, NS Health Card)

When will my card expire?


  • Student library cards expire every year on September 30th.
  • Please update your library card at the Circulation Desk at the beginning of September to maintain your borrowing privileges.
  • If you get a new student ID, inform library staff as soon as possible. They will update your account.


  • Library accounts expire one year from the date they are issued.
  • Please visit the Circulation Desk to update your account.

What do I do if I lose my library card?


  • You will have to request a new student ID from StFX Security.
  • Contact the library as soon as you have your new ID.
  • Your barcode will have to be updated in our records and we will confirm that your address and personal information is current.


  • Contact the library immediately
  • A new card will be issued and our records updated to reflect your new barcode.

Library News

Fri, August, 23, 2019

Please be advised the we will be delaying our opening on Wednseday, August 28th to 10:15am, closing normally at 4:30pm.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Wed, June, 19, 2019

We are happy to announce that access to Gaelstream has been partially restored on a new host ( Read more

Mon, June, 17, 2019

Please be advised that we are migrating our Digital Collections to a new platform over the next few weeks and access to these collections will be limited. If you have an urgent need for items from any of these... Read more

Wed, April, 24, 2019

In an effort to provide a higher level of service to our patrons, the Angus L. Macdonald would like to inform all users that our hours of operation for 2019-20 will change for each academic semester, effective... Read more

Tue, March, 19, 2019

Please be advised that Google Scholar is not working for off-campus users when accessed via the the Angus L. MacDonald Library website.  Off-campus users will not see the “Check for full text @ X” link, however... Read more