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International Students' Guide to the Dalhousie Libraries

Your Library Card and Library Account

**Your DalCard is also your Library Card** An image of a DalCard.

Before you can use your DalCard to sign out books or to use different library services, you must register your DalCard with the Library you will use most. Registering is very easy. Go to the Library you will use most often and register in person, or, you can also register online.

Your Banner number is your unique Student Identification (ID) number while at Dalhousie. You also have a unique Library ID -- it starts with the numbers 21264, and can be found at the bottom of your DalCard (see highlighted area in the picture above). You will also have a Library password -- it will automatically be the last 4 numbers of the phone number you use when you register your DalCard. You can also set a 4 number password of your choosing.

If ever you are asked to 'sign-in' to your Library Account, you need to use your Library ID and password, -- the long number on the bottom of your DalCard starting with 21264, and the last 4 digits of your phone number, unless you have set a different 4 number password.


Access to Library Electronic Resources from Off-Campus

You do not have to be in one of the Dal Libraries to use electronic resources like e-books, e-journals, and


You can access e-resources from your residence room, office, or anywhere on the Dal campus, just as if you were in one of the Libraries.

If you are at home -- off campus -- you need to add in 1 more step:

  • You must have a current Dalhousie University Net ID and Password
  • Click on the e-book, e-journal, or database that you want to use
  • In the pop-up box that will appear, enter your Dalhousie Net ID and Password
  • Access the resource 

This is what the pop-up box will look like -- it is there to ensure that only registered Dalhousie students, staff, and faculty can access Dalhousie Libraries' e-resources:

An image of the Off-Campus Login screen.


Alternative Off-Campus Access to E-Materials: Download the University's VPN Software

You can access electronic Library material (like ebooks and e-articles) from off-campus by logging into the Off-Campus Login, when prompted. Login requires:

Username: Your NET ID/Email username

Password: Your NET ID password/Email password:

An image of the Off-Campus Login Screen to electronic resources.


** Students in some countries may still have trouble accessing Library electronic materials, even after logging into the Off-Campus Login screen. If so, it is a good idea to download the University's VPN (virtual private network) software. Then, your home computer will act as if it is on the Dalhousie campus. **


Directions for downloading the University's VPN software:

1. Go go:

2. Click on: Available Software

3. Login with your Net ID and Password (the same as your email username and password)

4. You will see a list of free software for Dalhousie students

5. The VPN for Windows is at the bottom of the column on the left. The VPN for Mac is at the bottom of the column on the right.

** If you have any trouble downloading the VPN software, do not hesitate to email the IT Help Desk: or call toll free: 1-800-869-3931 **