Using the Library

Get started at Dalhousie University libraries

Our libraries — and our website — rank among the busiest places at Dalhousie. They boast the most traffic, house the best places to study, and provide the information you need to do your research and coursework. This page should make you feel at home in our libraries and get you using them to your best advantage. 

Borrowing from our libraries

Library cards

Covers all the library cards you can use here and who is eligible for a Dal library card

Loans policies

Library policies related to borrowing our books and materials

Learning to use our libraries

Video and slideshow tutorials explain how to use our services and research tools in your studies.

Introducing our libraries

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. 

Virtual library tours

  • Killam Memorial Library podcast tour

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.

How to find information

  • Novanet Catalogue: (advanced) search Nova Scotian university and community college libraries
  • WorldCat: search libraries globally.
  • Get it Dal: find out if what you want is here at Dal.

Multidisciplinary database tutorials

Medical database tutorials

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

Citation tutorials

Writing research papers