The Halifax North Memorial Public Library is at the heart of local community in more ways than one. Around 1,000 people come through this busy spot every day. Programs, activities and materials all reflect the diversity of the neighbourhood, including unique Black and Indigenous collections. People tend to visit the branch on foot, by bike, or public transport.
What to expect
We provide a vibrant community space for all. You might see familiar faces—many community members visit the branch on a daily basis. We’re also a popular spot with youth of all ages, who come by on their own or to meet up with friends.
We also host a number of free concerts for Halifax Pop Explosion, the OBEY Convention and Halifax Jazz Festival, as well as Summer Outdoor Movie screenings after dark in partnership with Hope Blooms.
On a typical day, you might find:
- Staff assisting people with online essentials and helping people with new devices.
- A bustling after school scene—play, games, and learning.
- A community living room, with people and activities coexisting.
- People meeting to learn the Mi'kmaq language together.
- Teens doing homework with our staff, gaming on the Playstation, and watching YouTube on our laptops.
- Discussion and debate as local organizations and passionate advocates share, meet and work together.
- Eager groups of builders at our LEGO table.
A connection to the Halifax Explosion
In 1964, the Halifax City Regional Library Board received $100,000 from the Halifax Relief Commission to commemorate the tragedy of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. With the city council's support, this Library was built in memory of the 1,600 victims of the explosion.
- The North is Freedom sculpture features Gottingen oral history engraved as poetry, recipes, and memories watched over by rooftop figures cast from local youth.
- Our building is a great example of Halifax 1960s architecture.
- In 2004, the branch was renovated including new lighting, shelving, furniture, and carpeting.
- The grounds in front of the Library were also revitalized courtesy of HRM’s Capital District.
- The Heinish Foundation's generous donations funded public access computers and other technology.
We're situated in the centre of North End Halifax's eclectic mix of cafés, restaurants, theatre and music venues, as well as many community services and programs: