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Virtual Tour of the Library

Welcome to this virtual tour of the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary's University!

Welcome to the Patrick Power Library!

Welcome! Bienvenue! Pjilaʼsi!

Hello, and welcome to the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary's University! Our friendly library staff and librarians are here to help support you in all of your research needs. Begin this virtual tour of the library by clicking on one of the three floors of the Patrick Power Library, found in the navigation panel.

                                Photo of Patrick Power Library at night.            

 Image source: Saint Mary's Patrick Power Library blog.

Library Tours

In addition to this self-guided virtual tour, you can also book an in-person tour with one of our friendly and knowledgeable library staff! They'll show you around all three floors of the library, and answer any questions you may have about the space. See our library tour booking webpage to schedule your tour today! 

History of the Library

About the Patrick Power Library

The original library on the Saint Mary's Robie St. campus was the Horne Library, in the McNally building (completed in 1952). It was located on the 2nd floor of McNally Main. Today, that space is occupied by the Faculty of Arts Commons. In 1965, the library moved to the Burke Building. To accommodate the growing collection, less than ten years later, plans were developed to construct a new library. The Patrick Power Library was completed in 1975.

The Atrium, which joins the library, Science Building, and Burke Building, was completed in October 2011. This construction included significant changes to the layout of the first floor, including a new entrance to the library and new locations for the circulation and reference desks.

Mission of the Library

Through the provision of excellent services and resources, the library supports the academic mission of the University by fostering an environment that stimulates teaching, learning and research. As an integrated, user-focused organization, we continuously work to improve our resources and services.

Library Information

Library Hours 

Spring Semester (May 6 - June 22):

Monday - Thursday:     8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday:                          8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday:                     Closed

Sunday:                       1 - 7 p.m.

Research Help Hours 

Monday – Friday            10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday        Closed

All holidays                     Closed


Outside of these times research assistance is available from Novanet Live Help, an online chat service provided by academic libraries across Nova Scotia. This service is designed to respond to brief questions that can be answered quickly and effectively using online resources.



One-on-one Research Help appointments are available in person and online on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Book a Research Help appointment online.

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