Using the Library
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, archival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, and a Copyright Office, we provide context-sensitive, just-in-time 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 BBLearn. 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, 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.
Borrowing from our libraries
Learning to use our libraries
Video and slideshow tutorials explain how to use our services and research tools in your studies.
Introducing our libraries
- Video overview of our libraries, collections and research tools This video is available in 9 other languages.
- Full list of all online tutorials
Classes, workshops, tours
Services and locations
The Services and Locations page provides complete coverage of where our libraries are located and what our librarians do.
- Novanet Express Tutorial
Using the library from off-campus.
All current Dalhousie students, faculty and staff with a valid NetID can access library electronic resources remotely (at home, in your office, anywhere off-campus). For details and eligibility, see our Off Campus Access page.
Library research tutorials
These tutorials instruct you on how to find books, journals and other academic materials, and how to use the services we offer.
Managing your information
You’ve assembled a mountain of information. We have tools to manage what you’ve found at the library. These resources show you how to use these management tools.
- RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to compile, edit and format footnotes and bibliographies.
- RefWorks tutorial