Loans and Returns
Loan and return policies vary from location to location
Loan periods vary from library to library throughout the Novanet library consortium and across the whole Nova Scotia library system. Keep this in mind when you borrow materials through the Dal libraries.
- Confirm the actual loan period with the circulation desk.
- Return borrowed materials to a Novanet library or a public library in Nova Scotia. Exceptions: Reserve items and items borrowed through Document Delivery must be returned to the same place they were borrowed from. The Killam Library has an after hours book return available for patrons to return Library books (all Novanet Libraries and Nova Scotia public library material).
- Items from Document Delivery have different loan periods and are set by the lending library. The blue wrapper around the item indicates its due date.
Loan periods at Dalhousie
The following table outlines loan periods at Dalhousie's five main library locations. Dalhousie faculty and Dalhousie graduate students are eligible for terrm loans. If you're not sure how long something can be borrowed, ask at the circulation desk.
|Books||3 weeks||3 weeks||3 weeks||3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Government Docs||3 weeks
|Annual Reviews &
|DVDs and VHS||3 days|
|Spoken Word Recordings||1 week|
|Special Collections Loans ‡||48 hours|
|*Overnight reserve loans are available to law students. Ask at the circulation desk.|
|**M1-M3 (urtext scores) are non-circulating.|
|† 42 day loan is available for undergraduate students. Permission is required from the Sexton Head of Circulation.|
|‡ Special Collections loans are uncommon and require prior arrangement with the Head of Special Collections.
Renewing library materials
Need to keep something a little longer? Here's how.
Non-Circulating Items marked SPCOLL and SPCOL+
Non-circulating books with the 'SPCOLL' or 'SPCOL+' designation are rarely loaned. However, staff can grant users special loans at their discretion. Special loans are available only from the 5th floor Archives/Special Collections Reference Desk between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Special loans are normally a maximum of 48 hours. A user may have only three items signed out on at one time.
Eligibility for special loans
Holders of valid identification cards from the Novanet libraries, Dalhousie students, faculty and staff may request these loans. Off-campus borrowers are not eligible for a special loan.
$1 a day will be levied on overdue items.
The Head of Special Collections may authorize longer loans. Reasons for special loans may include:
- Presentation of material required for a specific class by either students or faculty
- In depth research performed by graduate students and faculty
- Long works required for in depth study that are unavailable elsewhere in Metro Halifax