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Welcome to the Dalhousie University Libraries

The Dalhousie University Libraries serves the needs of students, faculty, and staff by strengthening the university’s learning and research communities with our expertise, spaces, and collections. With five libraries, two learning commonsarchival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, and a Copyright Office, we provide timely, context-sensitive service to our users, whether they are at one of our physical locations or using our online resources. We employ a user-focused philosophy of anticipating, listening to, and responding to the needs of those we serve.

We belong to Novanet, a consortium of Nova Scotian university and community college libraries. Through Novanet, our users can tap into the library resources of the other post-secondary institutions in the province, as well as Live Help, an instant-messaging service that puts users in touch with librarians for a live chat version of the traditional reference interview.  Beyond the holdings in our extensive research collection and the resources at other Novanet libraries, through Document Delivery, we can bring to you the resources from library collections around the world.

The Dalhousie Libraries manage an electronic reserve system for faculty to submit reading lists to ensure copyright clearance for materials and then provide easy access to library e-resources in Brightspace. Our librarians go into classrooms and teach information literacy skills linked to your upcoming assignments. We encourage serendipitous discovery by offering a little of the unexpected, most recently, a Seed Library, access to 3D printing and makerspace workshops.

We’re meeting the needs of researchers by developing a research data management planning service in DalSpace, the institutional repository. It contains all the e-theses for Dalhousie graduates, faculty publications, and research data sets.

We invite you to experience all that the Dalhousie Libraries have to offer, and to connect with us through social mediaemail, or in person. We are here to support your academic success.