Killam Memorial Library

The Killam Memorial Library, along with other Dalhousie Libraries spaces, is open to everyone.

Students no longer need to book time to use library spaces! (Unless requesting a study room.) 

You must wear a non-medical face mask.

Fall term hours (starting September 7)
Monday–Friday: 8* a.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

*Building opens 7:30 a.m. Monday–Friday with services starting at 8 a.m.

Thursday, September 30 (National Day for Truth & Reconciliation): CLOSED
Monday, October 11 (Thanksgiving Day): 1–8 p.m.
Thursday, November 11 (Remembrance Day: 1–8 p.m.

Please contact for general assistance or consult this list of services:

Services (in response to COVID-19)


Other Library Services 

The Killam is Dalhousie University’s largest library. With a million books and 40,000 journals, its collections cover the Faculties of Science, Arts & Social Sciences, Management and Computer Science. It is our busiest library and the largest academic library in the Maritimes.

Location & Services


Killam Memorial Library
Dalhousie University
6225 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

Maps to library


In-person tours of the Killam Library are available by appointment. Email us (

or phone (902) 494-3621.



Head, Killam Memorial Library: Sarah Stevenson
University Archivist: Michael Moosberger

Library staff contacts

Phone numbers

  • Access Services: 902-494-3617
  • Shhh Texts (noise complaints) 902-220-5318
  • Research Assistance: 902-494-3611
  • Document Delivery: 902-494-3612
  • Killam Administration: 902-494-3621
  • Fax: 902-494-2062

Key resources

The Killam’s collections specialize in the following research fields:

Subject Guides for all disciplines

  • Online packages of resources created by subject specialist librarians.

New Acquisitions

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Killam history

In 1965 a $30 million bequest of Dorothy Killam began the process of building a new University Library. Architect Leslie R. Fairn designed the new building. Construction on the Killam Memorial Library began in 1966 and was completed in 1971. Read the whole story.