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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

Summer Hours (effective April 24–September 5)

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, June 26: CLOSED due to a planned power outage

CLOSED on the following holidays: Victoria Day (May 23), Canada Day (July 1), Natal Day (August 1), and Labour Day (September 5).


Phone numbers

  • Access Services: 902-494-3617
  • Shhh Texts (noise complaints) 902-220-5318
  • Research Assistance: 902-494-3611
  • Document Delivery: 902-494-3612
  • Killam Administration: 902-494-3621
  • Fax: 902-494-2062

Library staff contact list

Libraries 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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