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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 librariesarchival 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.

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!

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. 

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

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