Killam Library

6225 University Avenue

The Killam Memorial Library is the largest academic library in the Maritimes, with over half a million books and 25,000 journals online and on the shelf. The Killam Library also houses Student Accessibility Centre, the Learning Commons, the Writing Centre, conference rooms, and on the lower level, a "tunnel" runs underground connecting to the Life Sciences Centre.

Just outside the Killam, next to the stairway, you'll find the Mark A. Hill Accessibility Centre, which is open during testing only.


Wireless Yes
Study Space Learning Commons (main floor) Quiet Learning Commons (2nd floor) Study carrels and tables on all levels Group Study Rooms available by reservation (main floor) McNab Reading Room (2nd floor)
Lounge Area Killam Atrium (1st floor) International Student and Exchange Services lounge (room G25A, 1st floor) Killam Plaza outdoors (picnic tables, chairs) Killam Plaza - Outdoors (picnic tables, chairs, etc
Computer Access Learning Commons (1st floor) Quiet Learning Commons (2nd floor) and throughout library
Food Services
Second Cup, Subway, Killam Bistro (1st floor)
Accessibility entrance, mostly accessible, washroom

Killam Library Hours

Location & Services


Killam Memorial Library
Dalhousie University
6225 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

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In-person tours of the Killam Library are available by appointment. Email us (

or phone (902) 494-3621.



Associate Dean Archives, Records Management, and Special Collections; Head, Killam Memorial Library (Acting): Elaine MacInnis

Library staff contacts

Phone numbers

  • Access Services: 902-494-3617
  • Shhh Texts (noise complaints) 902-220-5318
  • Document Delivery: 902-494-3612
  • Killam Administration: 902-494-3621
  • Fax: 902-494-2062

Key resources

The Killam’s collections specialize in the following research fields:

Subject Guides for all disciplines

  • Online packages of resources created by subject specialist librarians.

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Killam history

In 1965 a $30 million bequest of Dorothy Killam began the process of building a new University Library. Architect Leslie R. Fairn designed the new building. Construction on the Killam Memorial Library began in 1966 and was completed in 1971. Read the whole story.