Sexton Design & Technology Library

Masks are required in all indoor classrooms and instructional spaces, supported by the high-quality ventilation standards set throughout the pandemic.

Masks continue to be welcome in other indoor spaces and are strongly recommended in libraries and learning commons 
as well as gathering spaces where physical distancing may be difficult (for example, hallways, lobbies and elevators).

All members of our Dalhousie community are expected to stay home when sick. Dalhousie has procedures in place to support students, faculty and staff in doing so.

SUMMER HOURS (effective Apr. 26):
Mon-Thu: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sat: 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Monday, May 22 (Victoria Day)
Monday, July 03 (In Lieu of Canada Day)
Monday, August 07 (Natal Day)
Monday, Sept. 04 (Labour 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:



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.