Library Cards

AST Students and Faculty

The AST ID card functions as a Novanet Library Card. With this, AST students, faculty, and staff can borrow items from any Novanet Library. This includes most academic libraries in Nova Scotia. Your first card is free. A replacement card costs $15.00. Contact the  AST Library Circulation Desk or 902-423-7986 for instructions.

CAUL/ASIN Borrowers Card

The Atlantic Scholarly Information Network (ASIN) borrower's card allows registered AST students, faculty and staff to borrow items when visiting most Canadian university libraries. This is a free card. AST students, faculty, and staff can get their ASIN card from the AST Library Circulation Desk or 902-423-7986. If you belong to another university, you must get your ASIN card from your university library.

AST Alumni

Upon Request, all AST alumni can receive a special Alumni Library Card, which grants Novanet borrowing privileges, at no charge.  The card must be renewed annually. Please ask the library staff for more information.

For more information contact the  AST Library Circulation Desk or 902-423-7986.

Off Campus Borrowers (General Public)

Any member of the community may register for a Novanet Off Campus Borrowers Card to access selected library services, such as borrowing books and reference. In addition, this card allows you to borrow from all Novanet Libraries.

Effective September 28, 2009, Nova Scotia residents will be eligible to register for this card at no charge.  They may also return books to AST from other Nova Scotia library systems, such as the public library, due to the Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere (BARA) program. Participating BARA libraries - BARA Libraries.


Renewing Library Materials

Renew books - you can renew your books 3 times if no one else needs them.

Please see our tutorial for renewing library materials.


ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Initiative

The AST library is a member of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) based out of the United States. ATLA has recently started a program to connect member schools and to serve and loan materials out to distance and visiting students and faculty. A list of participating libraries is provided in the link below. Currently only one other Canadian school, Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, is on the list.

From ATLA:


  • Be a patron in good standing at a participating library.
  • Be prepared to show proof of current enrollment at a participating library.
  • Be informed about and abide by the rules and policies of the libraries they use.
  • Return materials in a timely fashion according to the rules of the lending library.
  • Assume responsibility for all materials borrowed, including but not limited to payment for lost/damaged materials and overdue fines