Library Services for Distance and Continuing Education Students

The information provided below is to help students at a distance from StFX successfully access and navigate the appropriate library resources to complete their coursework or research. The StFX Library offers the following support to distance and continuing education students to help them reach this goal:

  • Advice on library procedures
  • Help with problems involving library cards
  • Instruction on how to do literature searches
  • Assistance with accessing difficult-to-locate material

Services listed above will be provided by:

  • Reference Department: Contact or call 902-867-2242.

    • Librarians are available at select times to teach you how to find sources and help expand or focus your search.

    • Outside of regular Reference Desk hours, you can also speak with a Librarian through our Live Help Chat Service

  • Access Services: For inquiries about your library account, contact the Access Services Desk at or call 902-867-2228.

  • Document Delivery Services: Contact

  • IT Services: If you need assistance with your webFX credentials or any other technology related isue, please contact IT Services at

Starting Your Research From a Distance

You may choose to start your research at a library near you or from the comfort of your home or office. Off-campus access to our Electronic Resources is granted through our proxy server, which requires you to authenticate using your webFX credentials, so a library account is not necessary to view items to which StFX subscibes. Please note that in order to view these items, you must access the sources via our website.  Here is some basic information to get you started:
  • Create/Update Your Library Account: 
    • Your StFX ID also serves as your library card.  This card identifies you as a student at STFX and provides you with borrowing privileges within Nova Scotia in the event that you need to use Document Delivery Services for an item which you cannot directly access. 
    • If you are a distance student who cannot come to STFX to get an official STFX ID, please follow the instructions on how to obtain one from a distance on our Registration page.  If you already have your ID, please click here to begin your registration.
      • How do I log in to my library account? View Video
  • Document Delivery:
    • If your selected article is not full-text or you wish to borrow a physical book from the Novanet catalogue, use the Document Delivery Form to request the item which will be sent to you within a relatively short time and as long as it can be located.
    • There are two numbers you must keep in mind to successfully complete a Document Delivery transaction: the 14-digit number at the bottom of your picture id which starts with 2199300 (that number is your library ID), and the last four digits of the home phone number you provided at the time of your library registration library. For more information, visit the Document Delivery for Distance Students website.
  • CAUL Card:
    • Should you wish to borrow books or other printed resources in-person from university libraries outside Nova Scotia, you will need a CAUL card. Contact for more information.
  • BARA: Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere:
    • In Nova Scotia, you can borrow or return books from and to any public, academic or community college library. If you are in NS, please make use of this service as often as you can to locate and return your items in a timely manner.



Library News

Tue, June, 30, 2020

The Angus L. Macdonald Library is pleased to announce the launch of its curbside pickup program.  Pickups will be available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, excluding holidays beginning on Thursday, July 2nd. ... Read more

Tue, June, 23, 2020

Please be advised that EBSCO is having issues with multiple platforms.  Please go to for the latest status report.

Fri, May, 8, 2020

Please see the announcement from RefWorks regarding planned downtime for Saturday May 9th below.

Dear RefWorks Community, 

Thu, March, 19, 2020

Effective immediately, the library will be closed until further notice.  We will strive to maintain as many services as possible.  Reference librarians will be available to help you with your research by making... Read more

Wed, March, 18, 2020

Please be advised that RefWorks and its associated programs will be unavailable for a few hours on Saturday, March 21st.  For completed details, see the message from the service provider below:

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