Killam Memorial Library

The Killam is Dalhousie University’s largest library. With a million books and 40,000 journals, its collections cover the Faculties of Science, Arts & Social Sciences, Management and Computer Science. It is our busiest library and the largest academic library in the Maritimes.

Location & Services


Killam Memorial Library
Dalhousie University
6225 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


Maps to library


Tours & classes


Holiday hours  

(effective December 14–January 4)*

Sunday, December 14: 8 a.m.–midnight
Monday, December 15–Friday, December 19: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24: 8 a.m.–noon
Thursday, December 25–Saturday, December 27: CLOSED
Sunday, December 28 & Monday, December 29: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30–Thursday, January 1: CLOSED
Friday, January 2: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday January 3 & Sunday, January 4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, January 5: Regular hours resume

* Please note: Access to GISciences Centre, Archives, and Special Collections is unavailable from December 25–January 1.

Phone numbers

  • Circulation: 902-494-3617
  • Info/Reference Desk: 902-494-3611
  • Document Delivery: 902-494-3612
  • Administration: 902-494-3601
  • Fax: 902-494-2062

Library staff contact list

Library Administration

Dalhousie University Libraries administrative offices are located on the main floor of the Killam.

Key resources

Databases and research tools

The Killam’s collections specialize in the following research fields:

Subject Guides

  • Online packages of resources created by subject specialist librarians.


Killam history

In 1965 a $30 million bequest of Dorothy Killam began the process of building a new University Library. Architect Leslie R. Fairn designed the new building. Construction on the Killam Memorial Library began in 1966 and was completed in 1971. Read the whole story.

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