Alumni Services

The Dalhousie Libraries are pleased to offer our alumni the following Library Services:

  • The general loan period is 3 weeks
  • The loan period for Videos/DVDs is 7 days
  • Renewals are available on materials that have not been requested by other users
  • Holds may be placed on Dalhousie Library materials that are signed out
  • Searches may be requested for materials that are listed as "in library" but are not on the shelves
  • In-person use of electronic resources via express stations
  • Reserve materials not available for loan (With certain exceptions at the MacRae Library)
  • Return your materials to any location, even if it's not where you borrowed them from.
To take full advantage of these services, we encourage you to activate your Alumni Benefits card for library services at one of our libraries.

Electronic Resources for Dal Alumni

Online resources can be accessed from computers in each of our five libraries as well as the Wallace McCain Learning Commons and the Kellogg Library Learning Commons.  Our licensing agreements only permit us to extend off-campus access to current students, staff and faculty.  Please be aware that access to licensed resources is for academic purposes only.

Document Delivery

Some charges may apply depending on the library borrowed from. Please see the table below for more info. Payments may be paid by cash, debit, VISA or MasterCard.

Please note, requests will not be filled without proper payment authorization. Please indicate the amount you are willing to pay in the maximum charge field of the request form to expedite the process.



Items borrowed from Novanet libraries   No Charge
Items borrowed from other Canadian (non-Novanet) Libraries $10.00/item

Items borrowed from non-Canadian libraries


Urgent (same day) surcharge


Courier delivery surcharge


Overdue fee for items not returned after overdue notices sent


Replacement costs

Determined by the lending library

Those who often return items late or in damaged condition are at risk of having borrowing privileges revoked. Replacements costs for lost or long overdue items are the responsibility of the requester.