King's Library

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 10:45pm
Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Summer Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

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About the 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.

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.

Special Collections

The Library contains Special Collections of nearly 20,000 volumes, which includes medieval and renaissance manuscripts, incunabula (15th century printed books), and thousands of 16th, 17th, and especially 18th century volumes.

The Weldon Collection of pottery and porcelain includes some notable pieces of 17th and 18th century Chinese Export Porcelain. Specimens from the Weldon Collection are on permanent display in the foyer of the Library. The Margaret and Wallace McCain Gallery, on the lower floor of the Library, contains permanent and changing exhibits of rare books, museum artifacts and archival materials from the Library’s collections.

Weldon Collection of Pottery and Porcelain

The Weldon Collection is one of the oldest collections of ceramics in Canada. It consists of more than 300 items of pottery and porcelain originally owned by early settlers, including Loyalists.

The collection was presented to the College in 1880 by Susanna L. A. Weldon and her husband, Judge John W. Weldon, in memory of their son Haliburton Weldon, who had died soon after graduating from King’s in 1873. Susanna, the daughter of Thomas Chandler Haliburton, had collected the items over a number of years. She carefully recorded all her acquisitions in a catalogue notebook, which she titledSpecimens of China brought to the Colonies by the early settlers, particularly the Loyalists.

A selection from the Weldon Collection is on permanent display in the Library. This display was designed by Dr. Marie Elwood, formerly Chief Curator of History at the Nova Scotia Museum, who has catalogued the collection.

Bray Collection

The Bray Collection consists of the surviving books from three early clerical libraries. In the spring of 1977, several boxes of old books were discovered in the belfry of Christ Church, Windsor, where they had lain forgotten for decades. The hundreds of volumes were the remains of a library owned in the 18th century by a clergyman in England. While the collection is largely theological in character, there are also books in other subjects that any 18th-century gentleman might have owned, including classical and English literature, agriculture, mathematics and medicine. This collection of books was given to the Library of the University of King’s College by Christ Church Parish in 1979, and is now designated as the Bray Collection.

As indicated by their book-plates, the books were presented to the parish in 1797 by Dr. Bray’s Associates of London, which had acquired the library from its former owner. This organization was begun by Dr. Thomas Bray (1656-1730), the Anglican missionary who founded both the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (1698) and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1702). While serving as a missionary in Maryland, Dr. Bray was struck by the intellectual isolation of the clergy. His scheme for providing lending libraries for the parochial clergy, both at home and abroad, arose out of his American experience. Associates of Dr. Bray continued the work after his death.

While the library at Windsor was the first of the Bray Libraries in Nova Scotia, and probably in Canada, a number of others were established throughout the province in the 19th century; two of these are also preserved at King’s. The parochial library from Trinity Church, Digby (Bray II), founded about 1844, incorporated books brought to Digby by the first Loyalist missionaries, who brought their books with them when they were forced to leave the rebellious colonies. The parochial library from Trinity Church, Liverpool (Bray III), dates from the middle of the 19th century.

The Bray Collection has been designated as a “Special Collection of Research Value” by the National Library of Canada.

Kingdon Collection

Hollingworth Tully Kingdon (1835-1907), scholar, author and Anglican clergyman, became the second Bishop of the Diocese of Fredericton. Born in London, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, when theological and liturgical developments were sweeping through the Church of England. Kingdon was strongly influenced by these movements, and became a leader in the Tractarian revival of ecclesiastical learning. After serving as vice-principal of Salisbury Theological College, he was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Fredericton in 1881, and in 1892, succeeded John Medley as Lord Bishop of the Diocese.

Kingdon has been acclaimed as “one of Canada’s most distinguished theologians.” He wrote books on doctrinal subjects, as well as tracts and pamphlets on controversies facing the church in his own day. He was rewarded with honorary degrees from universities in both England and Canada (D.C.L., Trinity; D.D., Vind.)

Kingdon was also a noted book collector: a biographical sketch in 1890 spoke of him as “the possessor of a large and valuable library, containing some works so rare as to be almost priceless.” This library has been compared with that of T.B. Akins as among the few really outstanding collections of books in Atlantic Canada formed in the 19th century. His library included mediaeval manuscripts, incunabula, and hundreds of early editions of the Greek and Latin Church Fathers, printed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

The library is also particularly rich in 19th-century works that record theological and liturgical controversies in the Church of England, and is valuable as a contemporary record of the period.

In his will, Bishop Kingdon bequeathed his library, consisting of some 2500 volumes, to the parish of Trinity Church in Saint John, NB. At the time of his death, this collection was described as “the best private theological library in Canada.” In 1985, the Parish gave the Library to the University of King’s College, where it complements and augments an already very strong collection of historical Anglican theology. The Kingdon Library is valuable not only for the considerable intrinsic merit of the books, but also for the evidential value that they present as the complete working collection of a bishop and scholar of the Anglican Church in Canada in the 19th century.

The Kingdon Library has been designated as a “Special Collection of Research Value” by the National Library of Canada.

Request Research Assistance

King’s students and faculty can book an appointment for research assistance by getting in touch with ukclib@ukings.ca. These appointments will be held in the Library.

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 Borrowers 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 borrowers 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.

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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