Learning Opportunities

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.

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:


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 via Skype.

Literature Search

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

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

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

Want to order print copies of an existing patient pamphlet? Find tips on ordering on our Print Code Index.

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. 

Suggestions for Library Purchases

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 Authority

IWK Health Centre

Room Booking

Meeting Rooms

Computer Lab

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 Authority employees
  • Share folders with colleagues
  • NSHA 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)

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

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