Dean of Libraries

Donna Bourne-Tyson

Phone: (902) 494-4089 
Fax: (902) 494-2062 
Mailing Address:
Office of the Dean of Libraries
Killam Memorial Library
6225 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Welcome from the Dean of Libraries

The Dalhousie University Libraries suppots the academic mission of the university, strengthing Dalhousie's learning and research communities with our expertise, spaces, and collections. We employ a user-focused philosophy of anticipating, listening to, and responding to the needs of those we serve.

We collaborate with the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Information Technology Services, Student Affairs, and other units to collectively suport learning and research at Dal. We contribute to Dalhousie initiatives in the areas of information governance, student success, open access, records management, and research data management.

We also participate in provincial, regional, and national consortial relationships, supporting initiatives such as Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere and One Book Nova Scotia. To learn more about the Dalhousie Libraries and their services, visit the About page. 

I 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.

Biographical Information

Donna Bourne-Tyson came to Dalhousie to lead the Dal Libraries in November 2011, with a term renewal in 2016. As Dean of Libraries, Donna is responsible for meeting the needs of Dal Libraries users, working with a team of 130 librarians and staff dedicated to user-centered service delivery.

Donna is actively involved in the Dalhousie community as a member of the senior administrative team reporting to the Provost & Vice-President Academic, serving on Deans’ Council, Senate, several Senate sub-committees and the Dalhousie Art Gallery Advisory Board. She also represents the Dal Libraries on regional and national boards and consortia.

She is particularly interested in open access, scholarly communications, research data preservation, transliteracy, copyright, learning communities, student-centered service enhancements, patron-driven acquisitions and academic integrity issues. She obtained her MLIS from Dalhousie, and holds an MA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario. She can be reached at