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Community Users Guide

A guide to assist community users with accessing resources and services at the Patrick Power Library..

Borrowing Privileges

International Baccalaureate (IB) Students

Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program are eligible to borrow books and other materials from the Patrick Power Library, provided their High School has a signed agreement with Saint Mary's University. IB students must present a valid IB student photo ID card at the Library's Circulation Desk.

High School Students

Borrowing privileges are restricted to adult members of the public aged 19 and over. However, high school students are welcome to use the Library's electronic materials and print collection in-person while on campus.

Library Access

IB and High School Students are welcome to use the following library resources and services:

  • Online library catalogue (also available off-campus)
  • E-books and e-journals (in-library use only) *
  • Most research databases (in-library use only) *
  • Print collections, including serials
  • Microform and microform readers
  • Photocopiers, scanners, and printers (printed documents can be paid for and picked up at Circulation desk)
  • Reference and research services (virtual and in-person)
  • BARA (Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere) service (i.e. library materials may be returned at any Novanet library or public library in Nova Scotia)
  • Computers designated for public use
  • Access to the Saint Mary's University Archives/Institutional Repository
  • Seating areas and individual study spaces


IB and High School Students do not have access to the following library resources and services:

  • Study room reservations (available for SMU students only)
  • Computers that are not designated for public use
  • Interlibrary Loan service 
  • Reserve and Reference collection materials are not available for loan
  • Off-campus access to electronic resources licensed to the Patrick Power Library
  • Book recall privileges
  • Novanet Express services (borrowing from other Novanet libraries)


*Access is permitted to electronic books, journals, and most Saint Mary's research databases in-person on designated "guest" computers within the Library. Off-campus access to Saint Mary's electronic materials and research databases is restricted to currently registered Saint Mary's University students, faculty, and staff.