You need a valid library card to borrow from Dal. This section provides details on who can borrow from Dalhousie and what you need to do to start using Dalhousie libraries:
Dalhousie students, faculty and staff
Your university I.D. (e.g. your DalCard) is your library card. You must register it a Dalhousie library. After registering, your Dalcard lets you borrow from any library in the Novanet Consortium.
- University ID Card: Before using your card to borrow materials, you must complete a registration form online, or
- Register your Dal ID in person at the circulation desk of the Dalhousie library you use most.
- Distance services for Dalhousie faculty, students or staff may register using this online form.
- Faculty of Agriculture students, faculty or staff should register at the circulation desk of the MacRae Library as the online form is not yet available for the Agricultural campus.
Renewal and change of address
- You are responsible for renewing your library registration each year, and for informing your home library of address changes.
- Renew online or at the circulation desk.
Special loans policies
- Graduate students and faculty: Please ask at a circulation desk for more information.
Any Nova Scotia resident aged 19 or older may use their current library card from any university library, public library, bookmobile, or community college library from across the province to borrow materials from Dalhousie libraries.
- Read the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere (BARA) policy
- If you do not have a valid library card, obtain one free of charge at the Circulation desks of any Dalhousie libraries. Two pieces of identification, including one which shows proof of Nova Scotia residence, are required.
- More on how to get a Dalhousie Off-Campus borrower's card.
- International Baccalaureate Card holders can borrow from Dalhousie as well.
University affiliates and reciprocal agreements
Faculty and students from any Novanet-related university may borrow from Dalhousie libraries using a valid university ID card. Anyone with a valid Dalhousie library card may borrow from a Novanet related university.
You may also borrow from Dalhousie using one of the following valid ID cards:
- Atlantic Scholarly Information Network
- Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowers Agreement (CURBA)
- OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
Dalhousie students, faculty and staff can read more on these pages about how these reciprocal agreement can help them do research at other university libraries across North America.
Suspension of borrowing privileges
If you owe fines of over $10, you will not be allowed to borrow until you have cleared your fines.