Sexton Design & Technology Library

The Sexton Library has reopened to everyone.

You must wear a non-medical face mask.

Fall Term Hours (starting September 7)
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Thursday, September 30 (National Day for Truth & Reconciliation)
Monday, October 11 (Thanksgiving Day)
Thursday, November 11 (Remembrance Day)

VENTILATION NOTICE: Due to ventilation requirements associated with COVID-19 safety precautions, the window in study room A207 needs to remain OPEN AT ALL TIMES when this room is in use. When adverse weather conditions require closure of the window, study room A207 will need to temporarily close. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

Other Library Services 


Sexton Design & Technology Library
Dalhousie University
3rd Floor, Building B
5260 DaCosta Row
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

Map to Library


Sexton Floorplans


Virtual tour
Sexton librarians do not do general tours, but they can be set up by request. To arrange a tour or orientation contact a Sexton Subject Specialist, email  


Head Librarian:  Michelle Paon

Library staff contacts

Phone Numbers

  • Service Desk: 902-494-3240
  • Document Delivery: 902-494-3984
  • Administration: 902-494-5198
  • Fax: 902-494-6089

Contact the Sexton Library

On site services

Key Resources

Databases and research tools
Our most frequently used research databases and electronic resources.

Subject Guides for all disciplines
Our best research resources assembled by Sexton subject librarians for Architecture & Planning and Engineering and Applied Science programs.

Special/Rare book collections

Cobb Postcard Collection
At the turn of the 20th century, postcards were a critical component of the architect’s library. Andrew Cobb, 1876-1943, was a renowned Canadian architect who taught in our school and who also designed many of the stone buildings on the main Dalhousie campus. Cobb collected over 5,000 postcards depicting architecture of Europe and North America. These cards, which are an important chronicle of period images, are owned by the Sexton Library and are available for research by appointment.

Rare books
Our Rare Book collection specializes in classic works of architecture and engineering. All of our rare books are listed in the Novanet catalogue and have the location Sexton Library SPCOL. Rare books are kept in a closed room, but Sexton staff will be happy to retrieve any books you need.