COVID‑19 Updates


Updated: Monday, July 6, 2 p.m.

The Dal Libraries are here for you.

If you need access to a study room or a computer, the Wallace McCain and Kellogg Library learning commons are open by appointment for three-hour timeslots for current Dalhousie students, faculty, instructors, and staff. 

We are providing services such as LiveHelp (via chat), Document Delivery, Curbside Pickup, and Brightspace and HelpDesk assistance at

Many of our services are available online, like access to thousands of e-journals and e-books  — start your search here

Read on to learn more about our current services:

Book a Study Room or Computer (New!)

Due to numerous requests, we are pleased to be opening the Wallace McCain Learning Commons and the Kellogg Library Learning Commons in the Collaborative Health Education Building for limited and safe access to Dal Libraries spaces. 

The two learning commons will be open by appointment for three-hour timeslots for current Dalhousie faculty, instructors, students, and staff.

The timeslots are 9 a.m.‒12 p.m. and 1‒4 p.m., Monday‒Friday.  

A study room (for use by one person at a time) or a computer can be booked. Bookings should be made a minimum of 24-hours in advance by contacting Bookings can be made up to a week in advance. 

When making a booking, please provide: 
1. your location preference (Wallace McCain LC or Kellogg Library LC) 
2. requested date and time  
3. if you want to book a study room or a computer
4. your phone number (for contact tracing purposes)
Please note: The spaces will be closed for cleaning from noon–1 p.m.

You will receive an email when your booking is confirmed. 

You must bring your DalCard to gain entry to the space.

The wearing of non-medical cloth masks is encouraged. Furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to encourage social distancing. Library staff will perform some cleaning between timeslots.  

If you are seeking access to the Dal Libraries’ circulating collections, you can request materials through our Curbside Pickup service. Many virtual resources and services (such as LiveHelp) are available via

We look forward to serving you in our spaces again!

Record Lectures on Studley Campus (New!)

Starting Monday, June 29, faculty and instructors can record lectures on Studley Campus.

More information is available here. 

Curbside Pickup (new!)

Circulating materials from the Dalhousie Libraries are once again available to Dalhousie and King’s faculty, staff, and students. This service is available at the Kellogg, Killam, MacRae, and Sexton Libraries. This service cannot provide access to materials from other Novanet institutions at this time.

We are pleased to offer this curbside pickup service for Dalhousie library items that are not available electronically. Please place your request through this form and we’ll notify you by email when your items are ready for pick up.

***Please note there will no Curbside Pickup service for the remainder of this week due to the special three-day university holiday. The Curbside Pickup service will resume on Monday, July 6.***

Remote Learning & Teaching

Library Collections

Temporary access to additional scholarly resources

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a number of academic publishers and vendors are offering temporary free access to select online products (eg. e-textbooks, ebooks, journals, online videos) and to COVID-19 information.

The complimentary access period varies by publisher/vendor, and some sites will require you to create a free account to access the resources. While the Dalhousie Libraries provide access to a multitude of online resources, we recognize the efforts of our publisher, vendor, and consortial partners to facilitate free short-term access to additional online resources.

If you require assistance in identifying or locating online publications or electronic resources for your Dalhousie coursework or research, please contact your liaison librarian or subject specialist

Live Help

Live Help is an internet chat service provided by Novanet Libraries. 

Get help with:
--finding articles and subject guides
--placing Document Delivery requests
--accesing your account
--connecting to resources while off campus
--general library inquires

Library Hours and Spaces

  • All Dalhousie Libraries' physical spaces remain closed. We are planning a phased re-opening of all library spaces, beginning in September 2020 (tentative). Our re-opening plan will follow provincial health and safety protocols and is contingent on public health guidelines permitting gatherings of 50 people and the approval of the university.
  • Use the LiveHelp chat box to ask questions.
  • Contact for HelpDesk and remote learning and teaching assistance. 

Due dates and late fees

  • All due dates have been moved to September 30. This is Novanet-wide, so items borrowed from other university and college libraries in Nova Scotia and from Mount A are not due until September 30.
  • You can still return items from any academic or public library in Nova Scotia in our book drops while we are closed. If you are self-isolating, please do not return your items during your isolation.
  • If you know how to renew online, you can do that. If you have problems renewing, please ask us

Records Management

In response to the sudden increase in Dalhousie faculty and staff now working remotely, the Records Management Office has created a resource to address how to access university records remotely.

Laptop Loans

We are still taking student requests for laptops. Laptops are loaned in the order that we receive the requests.
To request a laptop, contact and we’ll set-up an appointment for pick up. If you can't email, please text (902)220-5318.