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See our Novanet Guide for more information about this partnership and what it can do for you.

King's students and faculty share all electronic resources with Dalhousie Libraries. Find the full list of A-Z Databases here.

Library Hours

Summer Hours

(Starting April 20th, 2023)

Monday to Friday:
9:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday:

Archives and Special Collections

By appointment.

The Library and Archives will be closed on the following holidays:

Victoria Day - Monday, May 22nd
Canada Day - Monday, July 3rd
Natal Day - Monday, August 7th
Labour Day - Monday, September 4th

About the Library

King's Library is a welcoming and beautiful study and reading space housing an impressive collection of books, art, and archival materials. Established by Charles Inglis, the founder of the university, the King's Library had accumulated a significant collection of books by 1802 covering classics, history, foreign languages, literature, natural sciences, and theology. The Library continued to add books throughout the 19th century, including several incunabula (books printed before 1500). It also acquired medieval manuscripts, natural history specimens, historical artifacts, and artworks. The Library's award-winning building was erected in 1989 to commemorate the bicentennial of the university. Holdings of 70,000 volumes support the curriculum, with particular emphasis on materials relating to the Contemporary Studies, Early Modern Studies, History of Science and Technology, and Foundation Year programs and the School of Journalism. The Library is also a museum with art, artefacts, and one of the oldest collections of ceramics in Canada. The Archives, which contains the university's inactive records of permanent value, is on the lower floor. It has honours theses, student publications, and extensive holdings of King's Students' Union records. The special ambiance in the Library's award-winning building creates an elegant, peace-filled study space. 

King's students also have access to the Novanet consortium of libraries, including libraries at Dalhousie University.


Mailing address:

6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1