Welcome to our Halifax Public Libraries website!
Our website combines our collection of books and items seamlessly with Library news, events, and services. We want to help you get comfortable with it as quickly as possible so you can borrow, learn, and explore with us—better than ever before.
This All About Our Website series has been created by our staff to answer common questions and help you understand our site as you go.
Click here to view all posts in the All About Our Website series.
What's up in Library land? What are staff members reading? What hidden features of the Library should I know about?
Blog and news posts are here to keep you in the know and answer your most burning questions.
Finding Blog and News posts
You can find all Blog Posts and Latest News links anytime in the Quick Links column of the footer at the bottom of our website. These links will take you to a page of all posts of that type ordered from newest to oldest.
You'll also stumble across blog and news posts on our homepage and various special pages throughout our site, and even sometimes when you're searching our website or catalogue. For example, if you're searching for the novel The Handmaid's Tale, you might also come across a highlighted blog written by one of our staff members about other dystopian novels you might like.
What will I find on the Blog?
You're actually reading a blog post right now! Way to go.
On our Blog, you'll find posts about everything from highlighted Library services, to renovation project updates, to staff reading recommendations.
Posts are created by Halifax Public Libraries staff members.
Categories and tags
We've divvied up our content into a few different categories so you can easily explore the stories you're most interested in.
When you're viewing a blog post (like you are right now!), you'll see several Categories at the left hand side at the top of the blog, such as: How-Tos, Kids, Pop Culture, or Reviews. You can click these category links to find more posts on similar topics. And, at the bottom of the blog, you'll find more specific Tags, such as: website support; Acadian culture; creative writing; or specific book titles referenced, like "The Handmaid's Tale." Again, you can click on these tags to find more posts on similar topics.
We have 8 different profiles that contribute to our blog. You'll see a variety of posts from each of these profiles, and can visit them independently (and bookmark them!) to see posts only of that nature:
We all love books. But the Library has much more to offer, too. From light therapy lamps to radon detectors to parachutes and more, this blog will keep you in the know about the unexpected items at your fingertips. Take a journey with us far beyond books.
You write the Library story every day. Find different chapters of that story here. We'll feature community members, deliver news from our partners, and share conversations and inspiration from our online and real-world presence.
Get to know your Library. How does Halifax use its libraries? Which unique features would benefit you? You may be surprised at some of the programs and resources we offer. Find interesting statistics and insights here, plus some helpful how-tos.
Life unfolds at the Library. Consider this our family album. You'll find some highlights from the latest goings-on here. Meet Library staff members, hear about the latest developments in our organization, and view fun photo galleries.
As a Library member, you have a wealth of historical records and resources at your fingertips. This blog will showcase some of those resources, as well as stories of the founding cultures and historical happenings that have defined Halifax and Nova Scotia.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes (shelves) of the Library. Read the latest in staff picks and new arrivals. Learn about the inner-workings of our collection, online resources, reading apps, and more.
Evolving, dynamic spaces await when you visit the Library. We're always working to improve your Library environment. We'll share recent developments in renovation and construction-land here. We'll also highlight the special spaces you've made your own.
By teens, and for teens, this blog is the place for creative musings, random thoughts, recommendations, and It Came From the Second Floor podcast news.
What will I find in News?
In our News posts, you'll find of-the-moment updates from Halifax Public Libraries, including:
- News releases
- Service updates or outages
- Changes to open hours
- Special event announcements
- Corporate and Board news
You're now in the know about all things newsworthy (and blog-worthy!). Learn more about exploring events at our libraries using our website by reading All About Events and Programs.