Library Resource Round-Up for Adults


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We’re here for you

We are always working to adapt our Library services to be more accessible online. We want to make sure you know about all of the new resources available to you, and remind you of all the great things that have always been here.

This list is geared toward our adult patrons. You may also want to check out this list of tools for teachers and students., opens a new window

If you need any help getting started with any of the following resources, you can find quick video tutorials for most of these resources here, on Niche Academy, opens a new window.

Online card registration

Many of our resources require a library card to access. If you need a card, you can get a temporary one using our online card registration, opens a new window.

If you have a card but need help finding your library card number or PIN, please give us a call or send an email. We can look up for information and get you online in no time.

Ask the Library Phone Line

If you have any questions about our services, you can call our new Ask the Library phone line at 902-490-5753 or email us at Read more about the Ask the Library Line here, opens a new window.

The Ask the Library line is staffed:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
You can also leave a message after hours, and we’ll call you back.

Internet access

At some branches, our WiFi will reach outside the branch. In most cases, you can park or stand outside near the building and access our free internet.

Browse content for Adults

On our Adults Browse Page, opens a new window, you’ll always find tons of content, with more added every day. We have virtual events, opens a new window hosted by our branch staff, cooking videos, opens a new window by our Food Literacy Specialist, book lists, how-to blogs, and so much more.


We have lots of ways to keep you reading. Here are ways to access e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers.

E-Books and Audiobooks via OverDrive & Libby

The Library has over one million digital titles available for download in book e-book and audiobook format. Every week, we highlight new and interesting books on our main page.

We also have a More Languages room set up where you can find material in French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, German, and Russian. You can find the More Languages room here., opens a new window

Our collection can be accessed through tablets and phones, computers (through a browser), or e-readers. To get started, download the Libby app through your preferred app store. If you have any questions about accessing this collection, please call our Ask the Library phone line and someone will help you get set up, or check out our blog post, How to: Use Libby, by Overdrive, opens a new window.

Audiobooks via AudioBookCloud

Pick from thousands of audiobooks all available for free. Access AudioBookCloud here., opens a new window


Get recommendations for books and audiobooks. This is a great resource for finding read-alikes if you’ve read everything by your favourite author. It's like having a little librarian in your pocket. Learn more about NoveList here., opens a new window

Newspapers via PressReader

Stay in touch with the news of the world. With PressReader, you can search thousands of publications by country and language, and read translated articles instantly. Learn how to get started with PressReader, opens a new window

Magazines via OverDrive and the Libby, by OverDrive app

Read full-colour digital magazines online—for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 magazines. Learn more about OverDrive., opens a new window

East Coast Recipes

Get instant access to 3,000 recipes from 40+ local Canadian cookbooks. Access East Coast Recipes, opens a new window or learn more, opens a new window.

Classic E-Books via Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free e-books with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Access Project Gutenberg here, opens a new window.


Now could be a great time to start or work on a project. Here are some ways we can help you with your research.

Access ancestry, opens a new window using thousands of genealogical records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries around the world. If you've never used Ancestry before, we recommend you start with our how-to blog post, opens a new window. Please note, Ancestry Library Edition access is only available when visiting a Halifax Public Libraries branch.

Gale General Reference Centre

Access more than 100,000,000 articles on a wide range of topics from academic works to homework help for kids. Access Gale General Reference Centre here., opens a new window


We now have three ways to watch video content, all accessible with your library card.

Movies via Kanopy

Kanopy, opens a new window offers a wide range of independent films, classic cinema, documentaries, educational videos, and foreign films. Patrons are limited to the number of videos played per month. Learn how to get started on Kanopy, opens a new window.

Movies and TV shows via hoopla

hoopla, opens a new window is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Each patron is limited to 5 borrows per month. Learn how to get started on hoopla.


Learning can happen anywhere, but these resources will built specifically to teach you something new.

LinkedIn Learning

Pick from more than 4,000 video tutorials taught by industry experts on a wide range of topics including business, photography, graphic design, project management, animation, audio and music production, web design, marketing, job interview preparation, public speaking, and much more. Access LinkedIn Learning here, opens a new window or watch the how-to tutorial on Niche Academy, opens a new window.

Rocket Languages

Learning another language can be a challenge. Rocket Languages makes learning fun with interactive audio lessons that can be completed at your own pace.

You can learn 15 different languages including: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, American Sign Language, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, English for Spanish Speakers, English for Japanese Speakers, or Russian. Learn how to get started with Rocket Languages, opens a new window.

Car Repair via Chilton Library

Access detailed information about car maintenance and repair including guides for specific vehicles, step-by-step service, and repair procedures.

Is there something else we can do to help? Please get in touch, opens a new window and let us know. We are here for you.