Learning Opportunities

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

Get in Touch

To request a custom training session, complete the Custom Training Request form or email AskLibrary@nshealth.ca.

View a list of upcoming learning opportunities:


Meet with a Librarian, One-on-One

We can assist with project development, literature searching, citation support, and more. We can customize training sessions for your discipline, setting and timeframe. One-on-one training available through Skype.

Literature Search

Literature searching services from Library Services are currently operating on reduced capacity. Please expect a turnaround time of 3-4 weeks. A Library Services team member may connect with you directly to discuss the urgency of your request and negotiate an agreed-upon timeline. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AskLibrary@nshealth.ca.

Document Delivery

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

IWK Health Centre

 •  Request Books, Articles & More by email

Patient Pamphlets

Nova Scotia Health

The Patient Education Team is available to support staff and physicians across the province in creating evidence-based, people-centred materials.


IWK Health Centre

The Family Library Coordinator assists staff with the development of handouts for patients and families.

  • Contact the Coordinator at 902-470-8982.
  • Find more information on Pulse

Suggestions for Library Purchase

Suggestions for items to add to the Library's collection are reviewed, considered and potentially approved by the Manager periodically. Library purchases are at the discretion of the Manager and must meet collection criteria, as outlined in the Library's Collection Development Policy. You will receive a response once a decision regarding your suggestion has been made.

Departmental Purchases

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

Nova Scotia Health

IWK Health Centre

 •  Email IWK Health Centre

Room Booking

Computer Lab

Meeting Room

Study Spaces

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

Citation Management

‚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 employees
  • Share folders with colleagues
  • Nova Scotia Health Staff & Physicians start using RefWorks by emailing AskLibrary@nshealth.ca for group code
  • IWK Staff & Physicians start using RefWorks by contacting IWK Health Sciences Library for group code

Learn more about RefWorks by visiting our RefWorks & Citation Management subject guide.

Learning Management System (LMS)

5 easy steps for creating content for the LMS

Library Services’ role in the Learning Management System (LMS) course creation process is to support course authors in 3 ways:

  • Copy editing in PowerPoint or Articulate
  • Format editing in PowerPoint or Articulate
  • Assigning catalogue/search terms to LMS courses