10 things you might not know about Dalhousie Libraries

- January 10, 2019

The living wall in the new Student Learning Commons of the MacRae Library, Agricultural Campus. (Nick Pearce photos)
The living wall in the new Student Learning Commons of the MacRae Library, Agricultural Campus. (Nick Pearce photos)

You probably know that the Dalhousie Libraries are here to support the university’s learning and research communities with our expertise, services, collections, and spaces. And, of course, you’ll find books, books, and more books.

But there’s so much more to the Dalhousie Libraries. Here, straight from the source, are the top ten things you (likely) didn’t know about us:

1. We were the first academic library in Canada to offer 3D printing, in 2012.

2. We were also the first university-funded academic library in Canada to have a seed library, offering users access to diverse varieties of plants.

3. The MacRae Library on the Agricultural Campus is home to the only East Coast hub of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

4. We offer open access journal hosting for faculty and students, and we just published our first open textbook, Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective.

5. The learning commons on the first floor of the Killam Library is now a Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space.

Students at work in the Kellogg Library Learning Commons in the Collaborative Health Education Building.

6. We manage Brightspace, the learning management system of Dalhousie. We also manage classroom technology on the Studley and Sexton campuses and video conferencing support for the university.

7. On average, more than 10,000 people visit our seven Dal Libraries locations daily.

8. Last year, we performed 72,270 transactions with library users across our seven locations.

9. We offer in-class instruction sessions on how to do research and other information literacy skills. Last year, we offered 358 of these sessions, reaching more than 11,000 participants. There are over 100 instructional videos as well!

10. We have a copyright office which offers support to faculty, staff and students.

And how about a bonus fact to wrap up? Our website, which is our virtual branch library, gets 2.9 million hits a year.

Learn more about everything Dalhousie Libraries has to offer at our website.


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