Sexton Library Renovations & Temporary Closure

Beginning April 30, 2015, the lobby, circulation and staff areas of the Sexton Library will undergo extensive renovations. The scope of the work requires demolition of the existing circulation desk, drilling through the roof and ceiling to alleviate drainage issues and fix a leak, full replacement of carpeting, painting, and removal and replacement of lighting.

The extent of the work will require the Library to close from Thursday, April 30 until Sunday, May 3, inclusive. This closure comes after exams end and precedes the beginning of the new term, Monday, May 4.

The Library was scheduled to be open Thursday, April 30, 8:00am – 9:00pm; Friday, May 1, 8:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday, May 2, 1:00pm – 6:00pm. The Library is currently scheduled to be closed Sunday, May 3. We will re-open on Monday, May 4 with regular Spring/Summer hours, 8:00am – 9:00pm, in effect.

The renovation will not be complete by May 4, but we will be able to open and to resume operations. The four days of closure will enable workers to complete most of the demolition, carpet removal and installation, and painting.

During the closure, patrons may visit any of the other 4 Dal Libraries, consult the Libraries’ web page , or seek assistance from the LiveHelp service.

Please contact the Sexton Library (; 494-3255) if you have any concerns at all about this closure.


World Book and Copyright Day


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UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared April 23 World Book and Copyright Day.

” . . . Let us join together to celebrate books as the embodiment of creativity, the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding, dialogue and tolerance.” — UNESCO

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Seed Library Opening for Second Season

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Happy Earth Day! On Wednesday, April 22, the MacRae Library on Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus is launching their second season of their seed library, Seeding Ideas.

We would like to thank all the students, staff, faculty, and community members who participated in the first year of the program—with 76 registered members the circulation of over 5000 seeds to our community we are honored at the amount of interest and passion generated from our efforts.

We continue to hear from people from all corners of Canada who want to get involved. We can be reached at, on Facebook at Seeding Ideas: a seed library, and on Twitter, @seeding_ideas


Killam Shh Texts

In a quiet zone that’s not so quiet? Now, there’s a number you can text for that!

TEXT the Killam Library Service Point at (902)220-5318.

Please tell us the source of the noise (i.e. woman in beige sweater with pink scarf), or the location of the noise (i.e. 4th floor in the individual study carrels) and a staff member will come to the rescue!

This service will be available whenever the Killam Library is Open, but not after midnight.

Happy studying!!
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Congratulations Drs. Joyline Makani and Martine Durier-Copp

Congratulations to Drs. Joyline Makani (Dalhousie Libraries and Dalhousie Faculty of Management) and Martine Durier-Copp, (Dalhousie Faculty of Management), who were recently awarded a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant!

Drs. Makani and Durier-Copp will be conducting a review of evidence to address “What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?”

Their project is titledStrengthening Deeper Learning through Virtual Teams in E-Learning: A Synthesis of Determinants and Best Practices, and will focus on

  • A systematic search of the literature
  • An interpretive synthesis of current research
  • The development of a framework of key determinants of effective e-learning
  • The development of an open website in which key stakeholders will provide commentary
  • The organization of a colloquium to validate findings, and presentation of a paper at a major international conference on e-learning.

“E- learning has transformed traditional way of learning in higher education, however Canada is trailing behind other countries in this respect”, says Dr. Joyline Makani. “We expect that our project will strengthen planning and delivery within Canadian centres involved in e-learning.”

The topic that Drs. Makani and Durier-Copp will be working on is one of six future challenge areas identified in SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. These issues reflect key challenges that Canada is likely to face in an evolving global context over the coming decades, and to which the social sciences and humanities research community can contribute its knowledge, talent and expertise.

The knowledge synthesis grants will foster a deeper understanding of the knowledge, delivery mechanisms and learning outcomes necessary for the Canadian education system to support and sustain an innovative, resilient and diverse society. They will also help to identify the roles that the public, private and not-for-profit sectors may play in creating and sustaining new ways of learning, and teaching and pave the way for developing robust policies, practices and tools.

Easter Hours at the Dalhousie Libraries

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Here is the complete list of Easter hours for the Dalhousie Libraries:

Sir James Dunn Law Library

Good Friday, April 3: 9 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 4:  noon –10:45 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 5: noon–10:45 p.m.
Easter Monday, April 6: 8 a.m.– 10:45 p.m

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

Good Friday, April 3: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 4: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 5: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Easter Monday, April 6: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library

Good Friday, April 3: 1 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 4: 8 a.m.– midnight
Easter Sunday, April 5: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Easter Monday, April 6: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.

MacRae Library

Good Friday, April 3: 1 p.m. – midnight
Easter Saturday, April 4: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 5: noon – 5 p.m.
Easter Monday, April 6: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library

Good Friday, April 3: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 4: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 5: 10 a.m.- midnight
Easter Monday, April 6: 8 a.m. – midnight

Help us make Dalhousie Libraries graffiti-free

Earlier this week, a large amount of offensive graffiti was discovered on the 4th floor study rooms in the Killam Library. The situation was taken very seriously by Dalhousie Libraries, Dalhousie Security and Facilities Management. The study rooms were shut down immediately, and the graffiti is being removed. They will be reopened as they are cleaned.

Graffiti is vandalism and a criminal offence when placed on public or private property. It is critically important to make sure any instance of it is reported. Graffiti contributes to a hostile environment and it will not be tolerated in the Dal Libraries.

Graffiti inspires more graffiti when it is left up for more than a day. If not removed immediately it implies that this is an acceptable activity on our campus. Even what might start out as an innocent message created out of boredom (considered “bubble-gum graffiti”) will often encourage someone to respond, which can quickly spiral out of control and become offensive.

Graffiti affects everyone.

  • Discriminatory or offensive messages are hurtful. Dalhousie aims to foster a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. Students, faculty and staff have a right to always feel welcome and safe on campus.
  • It costs time and money to clean up. Dalhousie spends roughly $50,000-$60,000 a year on campus graffiti removal.
  • It can affect the sense of security and pride we have in Dalhousie. Let’s make sure our campus is clean and reflects the best of what our University has to offer.

How can you help?

We all have a role in keeping the Dal Libraries graffiti-free. If you see graffiti, report it immediately. There are several easy ways to report it:

  • By using the DalSAFE app (available for Android and iOS. Download it from the Google Play store and the App Store on iTunes)
  • By texting the Killam Library Service Point at (902) 220-5318
  • By emailing Dalhousie Security at
  • Or by informing a Dal Libraries staff member at any service point.