Library Services for Distance and Continuing Education Students



Reference Desk
Phone: (902) 867-2242
Fax: (902) 867-5153 (Attn: Distance Education)

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
  • Document Delivery
  • Instruction on how to do literature searches
  • Assistance with accessing difficult-to-locate material

Services listed above will be provided by:

  • Reference Department: Call the Reference Desk at 902-867-2242 or email for assistance with  key-words etc. for your searches. A librarian will be very happy to help you expand, narrow, and focus your search during open hours.

  • You can also speak with a Librarian through our Live Chat Service

  • Access Services: For inquiries about your library account, contact the Access Services Desk at or Kris MacSween at

  • Document Delivery Services: Contact
  • If you are unable to reach any of these services, contact Suzanne van den Hoogen
  • Phone: 902-867-4535
  • Technical Support Group (TSG): If you need assistance with your webFX credentials or any other technology related isue, please contact TSG at

Starting Your Research From a Distance

You may choose to start your research at the StFX Angus L. Macdonald Library or at a library near you. Either way, here is what you need to get started:

Create/Update Your Library Account: Your StFX ID also serves as your library card.  This card identifies you as a bona fide 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 proceed with the registration, leaving the barcode field blank.  Create your Library Account here.

How do I log in to my library account? View Video

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 phone number you provided at the time of registration at the library (usually your home phone number).

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 Kris MacSween, Access Services Manager, 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.

Searching for Print and Online Sources

1. Visit the library website:

2. Searching for books: Use WorldCat, Novanet or Google Scholar from the Library's main search box. Remember to check our E-Books for content that may be germane to your research interests.

3. Searching for articles: From the Electronic Resources list select your database of choice; e.g. Proquest

4. If unsure of which database to select go to the list of Subject Guides and select your subject. The subject guide will provide a list of relevant databases to start with. Here is a list of some appropriate databases for education research 

5. Whenever you try to log into these resources from a distance you will be prompted by the proxy server to enter your webfx username and password. If your password has expired, you can renew online or contact the Technology Support Group:

If your selected article is not full-text, use the Document Delivery Form to request the article which will be sent to you within a relatively short time and as long as it can be located.

Contact Information:
Suzanne van den Hoogen
Angus L. Macdonald Library
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5
Phone: (902) 867-4535
Fax: (902) 867-5153 ATT: Suzanne van den Hoogen