King's Library

Established by Charles Inglis, the founder of the university, the King’s Library accumulated a large collection in 1802: books in classics, history, foreign languages, literature, the natural sciences and theology. Throughout the 19th century, books, natural history specimens and historical artifacts were added. The Library’s present award-winning building was erected in 1989 to commemorate the bicentennial of the university. The Library continues to collect new titles to add to its rich collection.

Today, there are an estimated 80,000 circulating volumes, with a particular emphasis on materials to support the Contemporary Studies, Early Modern Studies, History of Science and Technology and Foundation Year programmes and the School of Journalism.

The Library is also a museum, housing art, artifacts and the oldest collection of ceramics in Canada. The special ambiance in the Library’s award-winning building creates an elegant, peace-filled study space.

Hours During the Academic Year

Extended Hours

Beginning Monday, 28th November, the King’s College Library will be open for Extended Hours until 2 a.m., every night until and including Thursday 15th December.

A valid King’s ID card is required for admission after regular hours.  No library services (e.g. reference, lending or printing) will be available late at night.

Regular Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Special Collections by appointment only 

Research

Electronic Resources

King’s students have full access to Dalhousie’s electronic resources through a joint agreement with our neighbouring institution.

  • Browse or search Dalhousie’s list of hundreds of databases, then link to them to search for articles and other materials on your topic.
  • Browse or search Dalhousie’s list of over 15,000 electronic titles, then link to them directly.

Collections

The University of King’s College Library contains over 80,000 volumes. The general collection supports the undergraduate teaching of the College, particularly in the Contemporary Studies, Early Modern Studies, History of Science and Technology and Foundation Year Programmes, and the School of Journalism. There are over 50,000 volumes in the reference and general circulating collection.

Periodicals

Periodicals do not circulate. Those retained are catalogued and are in the Novanet online catalogue. A list of periodicals received is kept at the Information Desk. Current issues are on stands in the Reading Room and bound back issues are located in the stacks.

Newspapers

The Chronicle Herald and The Globe and Mail are received on a daily basis. The Saturday or Sunday edition of several other papers is also available, along with Halifax’s independent weekly, The Coast. A list of newspapers received, as well as those available in full-text databases, is available at the Information Desk.

Audio/Visual

The Library purchases audiovisual material to support courses taught at King’s. The collection is catalogued and searchable in the Novanet catalogue. Audio/visual rooms are provided for viewing or listening to items from the collection.

Request Research Assistance

King’s students and faculty can book an appointment for research assistance using the Library’s online booking form. These appointments will be held in the Library, but faculty may request consultation in their office on campus.

  • Please indicate possible dates and times for the appointment below. Please note: It may take several business days to set up an appointment. For immediate assistance or for evening/weekend help, please visit the Research Help Desk.
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  • Thank you for your participation. A librarian will contact you to confirm the time and details of your appointment.

    The personal information collected on this form is used to administer and provide library services. Personal information is collected in agreement with the University of King’s College Privacy Statement. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the University Librarian at (902) 422-1271 extension 119.

    By completing and submitting this form, you consent to this collection of your personal information for the purpose outlined above.

Subject Guides

Explore Subject Guides

The Library maintains subject guides to the Contemporary Studies Programme, the Early Modern Studies Programme, the Foundation Year Programme, the History of Science and Technology Programme, and the School of Journalism. These guides are created by subject librarians to help students get the most out of the Library.

Borrowing Library Materials

Students

Students must present a valid student ID card from a Novanet member university or college in order to borrow books from the Library. This ID card permits borrowing from any Novanet library, but the card must first be registered at the student’s own university or college library.

Patrons are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing their library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Loan Period for King’s

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Reserves: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the My Library Account option of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King’s is three.

Returns

With the exception of Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

Fines

  • Fines are charged on overdue items at the following rates:
    • 21 day loans: $0.25 per day
    • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
    • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
    • Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.
  • Diplomas and transcripts are withheld for outstanding loans and fines. Students will be unable to register for courses if their library account is in arrears.
  • For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.

Notices and Statements

  • Reminder notices are emailed to patrons three days before books are due.
  • Overdue notices are emailed when books are eight days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly.
  • Notices are normally sent via email if an email address is supplied.

Holds

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the “Request a Hold or Loan” option in the catalogue.

Recalls

  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except off-campus borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days’ loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Recalled items are held at the circulation desk for the requesting borrower for seven days after their return.
  • Recalls can only be placed at the Circulation Desk of the owning library.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff must present a valid ID card from a Novanet member university or college in order to borrow books from the Library. This ID card permits borrowing from any Novanet library. To ensure proper loan privileges, it is recommended that faculty and staff ID cards be registered at their home library before going to another Novanet library to borrow.

Patrons are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing their library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Loan Period

The following loan periods apply for items borrowed from the University of King’s College Library only.

King’s and Dalhousie Faculty

  • Books: Term Loan (January 30, May 30 or September 30)
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Reserves: various

Loan privileges for faculty will differ at each Novanet Library. Please confirm your loan period at the time of borrowing.

King’s Staff and Faculty of other Novanet Institutions

Books: 90 days
Journals: non-circulating
Audio/Visual: various
Reserves: various

Staff of other Novanet Institutions

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Reserves: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the My Library Account option of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King’s is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to a Novanet library for renewal.

Returns

With the exception of Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

Fines

  • Fines are charged on overdue items at the following rates:
    • Term Loans: $0.25 per day
    • 90 Day Loans: $0.25 per day
    • 21 Day Loans: $0.25 per day
    • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
    • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
    • Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.
  • For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.

Notices and Statements

  • Reminder notices are emailed to patrons three days before books are due.
  • Overdue notices are emailed when books are eight days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly.
  • Notices are normally sent via email if an email address is supplied.

Holds

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by selecting the “Request a Hold or Loan” option in the catalogue.

Recalls

  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron (except off-campus borrowers) at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days’ loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Recalled items are held at the circulation desk for the requesting borrower for seven days after their return.
  • Recalls can only be placed at the Circulation Desk of the owning library.

Alumni

Alumni of King’s may continue to borrow from the University of King’s College Library after graduation at no charge. A borrower’s card can be obtained by making a request at the circulation desk. This borrower’s card is valid only at the University of King’s College Library. Alumni who wish to borrow from other libraries in the Novanet consortium must qualify for a Novanet Off-Campus Borrower‘s card.

Alumni are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing the library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning the items directly to the Library or through the Patron Functions of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to the library for renewal.

Fines

  • Fines are charged on overdue items at the following rates:
    •     21-day loans: $0.25 per day
    •     Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.
  • For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.
  • Alumni who accumulate significant fines, or who fail to return library material, may be referred to our collection agency.

Notices and Statements

  • Overdue notices are emailed to patrons when books are seven days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly for all current debts in excess of $10.00.
  • Alumni have the choice of receiving their notices and statements via email or regular mail.

Holds

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk or by filling out a form available through the web catalogue.

Recalls

  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days’ loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Holders of Alumni Borrowing Cards are not permitted to place recalls.

Visitors

Residents of Nova Scotia who are 18 years of age or older can obtain a Novanet Off-Campus Borrowers card, which permits borrowing from any Novanet library.

Patrons are responsible for renewing their library registration each year, and for informing the library of address changes. Registration, renewal and change of address can be made at the circulation desk.

Those who do not qualify for a Novanet OCB card are welcome to consult materials in the library.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 21 days
  • Journals: non-circulating
  • Audio/Visual: various
  • Reserves: various

Renewals

  • Regular items can be renewed by returning them to any Novanet library or through the Patron Functions of the Novanet Catalogue.
  • Reserve items can be renewed (if renewals are permitted) only at the owning library.
  • The maximum number of renewals permitted at King’s is three.
  • Overdue items must be brought directly to a Novanet library for renewal.

Returns

With the exception of Reserve items, books can be returned to any Novanet library.

Fines

  • Fines are charged on overdue items at the following rates:
    • 21 day loans: $0.25 per day
    • Hourly Reserves: $0.25 per hour
    • Daily Reserves: $1.00 per day
    • Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Outstanding fines can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.
  • For materials lost or damaged while on loan, the borrower is charged a fine in addition to the current replacement cost and a processing fee. The fine and processing fee are non-refundable.
  • Off-campus corrowers who accumulate significant fines, or who fail to return library material, will be referred to our collection agency.

Notices and Statements

  • Overdue notices are emailed to emailed to patrons when books are seven days overdue.
  • Statements of account are sent monthly for all current debts in excess of $10.00.
  • Patrons have the choice of receiving their notices and statements via email or regular mail.

Holds

  • Holds can be placed on items currently on loan for pickup at the owning library.
  • Holds can be placed at the circulation desk of the owning library or by filling out a form available through the web catalogue.

Recalls

  • All items are subject to recall by any other patron at any time, regardless of their original loan period.
  • Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days’ loan on any item that is recalled from them.
  • Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of a recall being placed.
  • Recalled items are held at the circulation desk for the requesting borrower for seven days after their return.
  • Off-campus borrowers are not permitted to recall items from other patrons. Please consult the off-campus borrower section of the Novanet website for full details.

Laptop Lending Program

Laptops are available in the Library for King’s and Dalhousie students, faculty and staff to borrow for three-hour, renewable periods. The laptops, which may not be removed from the Library, are equipped with the necessary hardware and software for word processing and accessing the Library’s wireless network. Read more.

Council of Atlantic University Libraries

The Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique aims to facilitate greater cooperation and resource sharing among libraries in Atlantic Canada. In 2001, CAUL member institutions agreed to make available the CAUL Borrower’s Card to students, faculty and staff of their schools.

How does it work?

The CAUL Borrowing Card gives the card holder in-person borrowing privileges at CAUL/CBUA libraries. Borrowers’ privileges are similar to their home institution’s. For a current list of libraries available to CAUL card holders, please consult the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement website.

Who is eligible?

The CAUL Borrowing Card will be issued by the institution in which the student (including distance education students) is enrolled or the faculty/staff member is employed (the home institution) and in good standing for use at other CAUL/ CBUA institutions. CAUL Borrowing Cards will not be issued to users from the general public.

CAUL card holders will be responsible for following the local regulations appropriate to their level of privilege: for example, a King’s faculty member visiting and using libraries at UNB will be given the same borrowing privileges as a UNB faculty member; or a King’s undergraduate student visiting and using libraries at Memorial will be given the same borrowing privileges as a Memorial undergraduate.

How do I get a CAUL card?

King’s users may contact the circulation department at the Library.

Using the card

Once the King’s user has been issued an CAUL Borrower’s Card, he or she may use the card to borrow material from any participating library. A temporary user account will be created for the user at the lending library.

Returning material

Borrow anywhere, return anywhere! Materials borrowed on the CAUL borrower’s card may be returned to any CAUL/CBUA library.

Overdues & recalls

The CAULcard holder will be subject to the rules and regulations of the lending library. If fines are incurred, the lending library will follow normal procedures to the extent possible. In outstanding cases, the home institution will be informed of the delinquency and will apply the full force of its regulations to enforce the judgments of the lending institution.

Facilities and Amenities

Computers, Printing And Scanning

Computers are provided on the lower floor of the Library and a King’s/Dalhousie NetID and password are required. QuickPrint workstations (one equipped with a scanner) are located in the Reading Room. General access computers are also provided on the main floor of the Library for research purposes only. Black & white ($0.10 per page) and colour laser printing ($0.50 per page) is available.

Wireless Network

The Library is a wireless environment and the network is accessible with a Dal/King’s NetID. For instructions in accessing the wireless network, please contact any of the Computer Centre Help Desks at Dalhousie University.

Lockers

Lockers are available for rental in the Library on a per-term basis. Locks are supplied. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Microfilm Reader/Printer

A microfilm and microfiche reader/printer is located on the main floor of the Library. Documents can be printed for a fee.

Photocopying

A photocopier is located on the main floor of the Library. Only black & white photocopying is available ($0.10 per page).

Group Study Room

The Library’s Rare Book Consulting Room is available to King’s students, faculty, and staff as a Group Study Room for groups of 2-6 people during the Library’s open hours. The room is located on the main floor of the Library, to the right of the Circulation Desk. Any current student can book the room for a maximum of two one-hour sessions per day. No student may have more than two hours of current bookings. Further bookings can only be made after 9 am on the day following the existing bookings’ expiration. Students who wish to book this room must first obtain Library borrowing privileges by registering their King’s ID cards with the Circulation Desk of the Library.

Two students must present their King’s ID cards at the Circulation Desk, just prior to the beginning of the reserved time, to be let into the room. Please note: Failure to confirm a booking within 30 minutes of the start time can result in cancellation.

To book this room for the consultation of Rare Books, Archival or Special Collections materials, please contact the Librarian. This room may be booked for a sole user in its capacity as a Rare Book Consulting Room.

To book this room, sign in to your Library account.

Please read the Group Study Room Policy.

If you require assistance in making a booking, please contact the Circulation Desk at 902-422-1271 ext. 171, or by email at library@ukings.ca.

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