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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.
  • Learn about the different streaming services at your disposal.
King’s alumni may access online resources from a computer in the Library Reading Room.  Licensing agreements limit off-campus access to current students, staff and faculty only.  Please be aware that access to licensed resources is for academic purposes only.

Off-Campus Access

Using Library resources from off-campus

King's students, faculty and staff can access all library electronic resources remotely via its proxy server.

Only current students, faculty and staff can access e-resources off-campus.

Access is as easy as logging into each resource with your NetID and password. If you're off-campus and looking to read an online journal article or use a database available to you, clicking on a link will prompt you to enter your login information, even if you're already logged into your Novanet account.

If you are eligible to use the proxy service as outlined in the Proxy Policy [PDF] and are having problems logging in, please try resetting your password. Sometimes passwords need to be reset in order for the proxy to work. 

Getting Started with eBooks

Reading eBooks online (NetID authentication required)

Most eBooks can be read online using a laptop or desktop computer.

Special Considerations:

  • If you are a slow reader, leave the page or take a break, the platform may time-out
  • If you cannot view an eBook, there may be only one or two copies and someone else may be using them
  • Accessing popular eBooks is possible when others are done and close their connection, so try again at a later time

Downloading eBooks (may require additional software)
If this option is available, it allows you to read offline and prevents a time-out.

  • Some vendors require that you set up a free account in order to download (eg. Adobe ID and MyEbsco)
  • Some eBooks can be downloaded as an unprotected PDF (requires Adobe Reader)
  • Most ebooks are available as a DRM-protected PDF, ACSM or ePUB file (these options require additional software)
  • Recommended software is Adobe's ADE which is free and can be used on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.

Some titles allow you to download an entire book for 7, 14, or 21 days.
If all digital copies are currently in use, you may place a hold to be accessed when next available.


All pages can be printed from downloaded PDFs that are not DRM-protected. This is commonly associated with an eBook chapter.
For all other formats there may be limits to the number of pages you can print, or copy and paste. These numbers will be listed on the detailed screen.