Access to Books, Articles, & More (Interlibrary Loan)

Library staff can access materials available in other libraries on your behalf. We can arrange for you to borrow materials or obtain copies of journal articles from other library collections.

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Departmental Purchases

Library staff order access to both print and electronic resources for use by specific departments.

Nova Scotia Health Authority

IWK Health Centre

Learning Opportunities & Custom Training Sessions

Build searching skills and learn how to use library-provided databases, ebooks, mobile apps and more. Let our Training & Education team help you develop, edit and deliver your educational content.

Consultations (One-on-One)

Email the library to book a consultation with a librarian. We can assist with project development, searching and citation support, and more. We can customize training sessions for your discipline, setting and timeframe. One-on-one training now available via Lync.

Custom Group Education Sessions

Our mobile lab can accommodate up to four learners. Internet access and laptops included. If you have more than four, we can make it work! We come to you — all we need is a meeting room. Contact us to book a session at your site. Currently only available within Central Zone.

Get in Touch

To request a consult or custom training session email asklibrary@nshealth.ca. View a list of upcoming opportunities and events:

Literature Searches

Any Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre staff member may submit search requests through the library's literature searching service form

For direct consultation and searching, please contact your closest library staff member or visit your local library location.

Meeting Rooms & Study Spaces

Meeting Rooms

Bookable meeting rooms are available at the following sites:

Central Zone

Western Zone

Study Space

Each library has first-come-first-serve, open to all study/quiet work spaces. Visit our locations and hours page to find a site near you.

Patient Pamphlets

If you identify a patient education need or find yourself repeating instructions or information to patients over and over, get in touch with us to find out about creating a new pamphlet.

The Patient Education Team's role is to provide guidance and input on the following:

  • Development/Revision of pamphlets
  • Adherence to literacy standards
  • Support for images selected and sources
  • Copyright support
  • Liaison for translation of existing pamphlets

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone

Email pamphlets@nshealth.ca with questions, concerns, or suggestions, or to get started on a new pamphlet or update.

IWK Health Centre

Email andrea.reynolds@iwk.nshealth.ca with questions, concerns, or suggestions, or to get started on a new pamphlet or update.

The IWK Criteria Booklet for Developing Patient/Family Resources is available to IWK Health Centre staff through Pulse, along with the policy for developing these resources. 


‚ÄčRefWorks is a web-based citation manager. RefWorks will help you organize your references from a variety of resources (databases, library catalogues, websites, books, journals, etc.). By creating your own account with RefWorks you can store all of your important references in one location and format your documents to set citation styles such as Vancouver, APA, MLA, etc.

RefWorks FAQs

  • Accessible from inside and outside the hospital network and available to Nova Scotia Health Authority employees
  • Email the library at asklibrary@nshealth.ca for sign-up group code
  • Create as many individual or group accounts as you like
  • Share accounts and folders with colleagues

Learn More About RefWorks by visiting our Getting Started With RefWorks Guide