Well, it’s been a while since there have been any posts added to this site, but this is as good a venue as any to provide an update on our current situation.
Back in March, the bookstore, along with the rest of Dalhousie, shut down entirely for a while as the province was beating back the first wave of the pandemic. Then, over the summer, we returned and began operating in a ‘warehouse’ scenario – mailing orders directly to customers and providing a curbside (more accurately, side door) pickup service.
We continued operating in this capacity through a very …interesting… Rush period, and will be continuing to do so for the foreseeable future, which means that, until further notice, we won’t be allowed to have walk-in traffic. (Clearly a less than ideal situation for those wanting to browse amongst our reference titles.)
There are a few alternatives available, though. If you’re looking for a specific title, the bookstore website has a keyword search at the top right corner of every page. (The search is titled “Course Materials,” but it will search through ALL our books, text and general reference, and a good deal of non-book items as well, like our Littmann stethoscopes, or reflex hammers.)
We also have a partnership with the Canadian distributor of most of our titles, Login Canada, and they have set up a “Virtual Bookstore” through which you can browse and select books and other items, and they will ship them directly to your door. (Login has just under 2 million titles available – including hundreds of thousands of ebooks- so clearly, even in ‘old-normal’ times, they’ll have a much wider selection of medical books than we’ll have on our shelves.)
And of course, you can also connect with us directly at the bookstore. There are some non-book medical items that may not appear on the website’s keyword search, and there are many titles that, while we may not have in stock at the moment, we can bring in without trouble (frequently in as little as 2-4 business days). And, if it’s not something we carry, we might be able to point you towards someone who does.
In the meantime, wash hands, wear masks, keep distance, etc. You know the drill.