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Following revised COVID-19 restrictions, the King’s College Library is closed.
Study spaces in the Reading Room are no longer available, until further notice.
The Library provides curbside pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please email library@ukings.ca if you have questions or need assistance.
Borrowed materials are to be returned to the book return bin near the back door.
Online assistance
Online research assistance is available through LiveHelp. For the latest updates and information regarding library services and operations, please visit our Library Services during COVID-19 LibGuide.
If you have any questions, please email library@ukings.ca.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Centre page for university-wide updates.
 
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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 adding 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 a 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, artifacts and one of the oldest collection of ceramics in Canada. The Archives, which contains the university’s inactive records having 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.
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