J.D. Shatford Memorial Public Library is a cozy meeting place in the picturesque village of Hubbards. Built in 1969, generations of families in the tight-knit communities along the South Shore have grown up with the Library, and continue to support our many activities and events.

Whether you're a local on a first-name-basis with us or one of the many tourists who visit during the summer, you'll be able to:

  • Enjoy our 1-room, open concept space with comfortable seating and enviable views of the Atlantic ocean through large windows.
  • Lounge on the outdoor patio and spacious lawn—a popular gathering place in the warmer months.
  • Use our public photocopier, access the internet, and work on our public computers or a Chromebook.

What to expect

We make the most of our open hours and small space by offering at least one event on the days that we're open—transforming our Library from a quiet reading space to a movie theatre, a children’s play area, a games room, or even a lecture hall.

On a typical day, you might find:

  • Toddlers painting, playing, or enjoying a puppet show.
  • School children being tutored, doing homework, playing games online, or using iPads.
  • People sitting on the patio using free WiFi (whether we're open or closed).
  • Parents drinking coffee while their children play.
  • Seniors getting 1-on-1 help with technology.
  • People enjoying a round of Scrabble or other board games.
  • School or daycare classes picnicking on the lawn (weather permitting!).

Fast Facts

  • J.D. Shatford opened in 1969 on the site of the Gainsborough Hotel.
  • The building was made possible by the generous donation of the J.D. Shatford Memorial Trust and dedicated to “the service of this community.”

Branch Manager

Leah Pohlman

Mailing Address

60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 4P8


We're located in the St. Margaret's Bay community of Hubbards, near to: