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International Students' Guide to the Dalhousie Libraries


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Hi! My name is Allie Fulford and I am the International Students' Librarian. Welcome to the Dalhousie Libraries and to the International Students' Library Guide!

This Guide will provide the information you need to access Library services, Library resources, and other useful information that will assist you in your studies at Dalhousie University. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way with questions you have about the Dalhousie Libraries! 

All best wishes!

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A tip! Attend Library Instruction Sessions coming up. Registration is free:

The Very Basics: Getting Started @ the Dal Libraries

1. Your DalCard is also your library card. 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. Registering is very easy. Go to the Library you will use most often and register in person, or, register online.

2. You can borrow as many books as you like, there is no limit. There is also no charge to borrow books from the Dal Libraries.

3. There are 5 Libraries at Dalhousie University. You can use any of these libraries. You do not have to use the library that corresponds to your field of study.

4. 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 (the highlighted area in the DalCard shown above). You also have a Library password -- it will automatically be the last 4 numbers of the phone number you used when you registered your DalCard. 

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. When you sign-in to your Library Account, you can renew your books, see what books you have on loan, among other functions.

5. You do not have to be in one of the Dal Libraries to use electronic resources like e-books, e-journals, and databases. You can access e-resources from your residence room, study areas, 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 will need to login to access Dal Libraries' e-resources (once you click this link, scroll down the page to see this info!)

Dalhousie University's International Centre

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