Library Registration for Distance Users

How to sign up for Distance Services

To take advantage of library distance services as a Dalhousie student, faculty or staff working off-campus you need to:

Get a DalCard

A DalCard (your student card or staff/faculty ID) is essential to using the libraries’ distance services because you need the banner ID number and barcode number on your student card to register with us.

  • Obtain a DalCard from the DalCard office
  • Register online for a DalCard. Fill out the online registration form.
  • Distance student note: If you register online, make sure that you add the note “please send me my barcode” on the registration form. 

Register with Dalhousie University Libraries

Once you have a DalCard, register your Banner ID, barcode numbers and contact information into the library system.

  • Complete and submit the online library registration form.
  • On the form, click yes for a CAUL Card. A CAUL (Council of Atlantic University Libraries) card allows you to borrow from university libraries across Canada. Your CAUL card will be sent by mail. Read more about CAUL cards.
  • Weekday registrations submitted take 24 hours to be authenticated.
  • Week-end registrations can take up to 48 hours

Activate your Dalhousie email account

Your Dalhousie email address is the official email address the library uses for all communication with students, faculty and staff. To get your Net ID and set your email password, go to the email instructions at the NetID & Password site.

Confirm off-campus access

An active Dalhousie email account gives you off-campus access to library databases and delivery services. When you try to access a restricted resource from home, you must authenticate yourself as a Dalhousie student.

  • Authentication: type in your Dalhousie email username (NetID) and email password.
  • Read about Off-Campus access.

Download an electronic document reader

An electronic document reader is necessary to view full text (pdf) documents like electronic journal articles. We recommend Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Document Delivery tutorials

Video tutorials to get you started using Dalhousie University Libraries' Document Delivery Services.