Ask a Librarian

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What types of questions will be answered?
A. For questions requiring a brief, factual answer, staff will provide the answer directly to you, along with the source(s) of where the answer was found. For more complex questions, including medical, legal and consumer information, you will receive guidance on how to research the topic.

Q. Do I have to be a member of Halifax Public Libraries in order to use Ask a Librarian?
A. No, we are pleased to offer this service to all visitors to our website.

Q. How quickly can I expect a response?
A. Ask a Librarian staff will make every effort to respond within 48 hours (Monday to Saturday). If you need a more immediate response, please use our telephone information service (902) 490-5710.

Q. Can I access genealogical information via Ask a Librarian?
A. Staff can do obituary (3 obituaries per request) searches and provide basic genealogical research assistance. In your e-mail inquiry, please include:

the person's full name

any important dates (e.g., birth, death),


and the specific information that you're searching for.

Due to copyright restrictions we cannot email electronic copies.