All About Our E-Library and Online Resources

Welcome to our new Halifax Public Libraries website!

Our website combines our collection of books and items seamlessly with Library news, events, and services. We think you’ll love this new site, and 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.


Your Halifax Public Libraries card gives you access to digital books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, and much more.

On our new site, finding it all is simple. Enter, our E-Library.

Accessing our E-Library

To get started searching in our E-Library collection, click the E-Library tab on our website menu bar.

 Under this tab, you can browse our digital content by Read and Stream (format-based), Resources, or By Subject. You can also click View More... to see additional items under a category.

You can also use the website's Search box to search our Website for any Online Resources related to your keywords.

Once you've landed on an Online Resource, you'll read a quick blurb about it. Clicking the Resource title will take you to the external website where it is hosted.

Explore by format

Read and Stream, under the E-Library tab allows you to browse the collection based on format. Explore our E-Library’s e-book, magazines and newspapers, or movies and music collections. You can also browse our accessible items here.

Example: If you select e-Books under this category, you'll be brought to a list of resources such as: OverDrive, TumbleBooks, Cloud Cookbooks, and more.

Explore by Resource

From researching your family history to learning a new language, we have digital content for everyone.

You can browse such resources by selecting a Resource from the E-Library tab's list, or by clicking View More... to access more resources.

You can also browse our A-Z list of resources by clicking the A-Z Resources button.

Explore by Subject

Whether you’re searching for information about health and wellness or for news and current events, we’ve got you covered.

For a complete list of subjects, click View More under the By Subject heading under the E-Library menu tab.

Let Online Resources find you

We also highlight Online Resources on many special pages throughout our website. For example, when browsing our Business and Careers page, you might discover the Lynda.com resource highlighted at the top of the page and realize it's a perfect tool to help build your leadership skills.


You're all set to go digital. Enjoy it all! Now that you're digitized, consider organizing your own digital collection, using the My Shelves feature. Learn how in our All About My Collections and My Shelves blog post.

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