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Lending Dalhousie material to other libraries, institutions and businesses

COVID-19 Notice (Reviewed March 18th 2021)

We are pleased to announce that the Document Delivery Service at the Dalhousie University Libraries has resumed processing lending requests for physical items (books, DVD’s etc) as well as scanning from our print collections.

Though the service is back and we will endeavor to fill all requests that we receive we ask that you keep in mind that we are currently operating at reduced staffing levels so it may take  little longer to process your requests. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We are also accepting returns of any items you may have borrowed prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.

If you have any questions please contact us directly at


Requests from other libraries for material held at any Dalhousie Library (NSHD, NSHDM, NSHDL, NSHT, NSTA) are to be sent to the Dalhousie Document Delivery Department at the Killam Library (NSHD).

Dalhousie patrons please go to the Document Delivery page for individual requests.

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Submitting requests

The Dalhousie Document Delivery Service is a member of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries Document Delivery Group (CAUL-DDG).

Dalhousie library codes

  • Killam Memorial Library: NSHD
  • MacRae Library: NSTA
  • Sexton Design & Technology Library: NSHT
  • Sir James Dunn Law Library: NSHDL
  • W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library: NSHDM
  • Docline: NSCDLH

Lending policies

Exceptions to these standard policies may be possible on a case by case basis - please enquire.


  • Will lend for 3 weeks use. No renewals.
  • Reference, films, rare/Special Collections materials, and sound recordings are non-circulating.
  • Microforms loaned at the discretion of the library; no photocopy service.


  • Non-circulating only



  • No charge: CAUL/CBUA, ACMC, CARL, OCUL, COPPUL, BCI, OONL and all non-profit Atlantic libraries
  • $8.00 per item: Other Canadian libraries
  • $35.00 per item (3.5 IFLA): American and international libraries    


  • No charge: CAUL/CBUA, ACMC, CARL, OCUL, COPPUL, BCI, and OONL.    
  • $5.00 per article: All non-profit Atlantic libraries    
  • $3.00 per article: Atlantic Region Health Libraries (using Docline)    
  • $8.00 per article: Other Canadian libraries   
  • $15.00 per article (1.5 IFLA): American and international libraries    

Urgent service

  • No charge: CAUL/CBUA and OONL   
  • $10.00 surcharge: All other Canadian libraries   
  • $20.00 surcharge: American and international libraries    

Replacement charges - invoices

  • In print: cost of material + $20.00
  • Out of print:  $0.10 per page
  • Invoices are sent semi-annually (January & July). VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
  • IFM (Internationa OCLC libraries)
  • IFLA vouchers accepted (Non-Canadian libraries)

Contact us

Document Delivery - Dal 11760
Killam Library
Dalhousie University
6225 University Avenue
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2
Fax: (902) 494-3576
Phone: (902) 494-3612 (for urgent same-day requests only)