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Library Services during COVID-19

Information and updates on the University of King's College Library services during COVID-19.

Library Updates

The University of King’s College Library is open to King’s students, faculty, and staff only.
Due to COVID-19, safety is paramount, so Library hours and the number of users in the Library will be limited. Each user must comply with Nova Scotia Government health and safety requirements, including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing. 
A maximum of 10 users may be in the Library at one time. Each user must sign in and out and provide contact information for tracing.
Please note that the Library entrance door is on the south side of the Library, facing the gymnasium. The exit door is on the north side of the Reading Room, facing Alexandra Hall.
Loans: King’s students will be given term loans on materials borrowed from King’s Library. Library staff will retrieve books from the downstairs stacks for borrowers. Curbside pickup is available for those who do not wish to come into the Library.
Returns: Items may be returned to the book drop bin at the rear of the Library. 
Fines: Effective immediately, libraries in the Novanet consortium—of which the University of King’s College is a member—will no longer charge late fees on most loaned items. This change will persist at all Novanet libraries after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Read the full release here.
Novanet Express: Requests may be placed for materials from other Novanet libraries. King's students, faculty, and staff may pick up their holds at the Library or during curbside pickup times (below). Other users must pick up their holds during curbside pickup times (below). 
Interlibrary Loans: Interlibrary loans are available to request articles. Books are available to borrow from some institutions, although with delays. You can place a request here. 
Research Help: Online research assistance is available through Live Help. You can also email for research instruction and support.
Booking Study Tables: Users may book a study table in the Reading Room on the main floor for a period of three hours per day: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A booking system to reserve a table will be set up soon. In the meantime, please email your request to
Curbside Pickup: Curbside pickup times are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Requests for library items can be made by emailing When making a request, please provide:
  • Your name
  • Banner number
  • Barcode number
  • Title
  • Author
  • Call number of the item(s) requested

Off-Campus Access to E-Resources

As a King's student, you have remote access to King's and Dalhousie's e-books, databases, and e-journals through the Library's online catalogue.

The most seamless access point to these e-resources is via the Library's online catalogue, which lists holdings from all university and community college libraries in Nova Scotia, and from Mount Allison University library in New Brunswick. When asked for credentials, log in with your NetID and password.


Access e-books, journal articles, and more by searching Novanet.

Search for a specific database or browse Dalhousie's list of databases here.

Search for a specific e-journal or browse Dalhousie's list of e-journals here.

Access streaming video collections here.​ 

Explore King's Library's subject guides here.​ 

Watch Dalhousie Libraries' video tutorials here.​ 

Find items in libraries near you by searching WorldCat.

Get technical support (netID assistance, wireless connection, Brightspace and more) here.

Research, Writing, & Citing Sources

Find information on the most common citation styles (MLA, Chicago, and APA), along with resources to help organize your references and guides on avoiding plagiarism. Check with your instructor to find out which format is preferred. 

There are a variety of resources available to you that will assist you with organizing your references and ensuring your citations are correct. Here are a few listed below

CAUL/CURBA Borrowing Privileges

As a King’s student, you may request a Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement card from King’s Library to facilitate borrowing from academic libraries in your home province. The CURBA card gives in-person borrowing privileges at Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) institutions and at participating libraries.