A Letter to Nova Scotia Libraries From Dr. Robert Strang on Canadian Library Workers Day

Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, thanks Library workers for their ongoing work during the COVID-19 pandemic

October 20, 2023

Dear Library Workers,

Today, on Canadian Library Workers Day, I extend my appreciation on behalf of the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Health for your partnership with Public Health and dedication to providing many programs, initiatives and services in public libraries across our province.

Nova Scotia’s public libraries and Public Health work to support access to information, access to services, and access to opportunity. These core common goals create a foundation for our partnership that has only grown stronger during the pandemic.

Today, 81 libraries across Nova Scotia continue to provide resources that help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The collaborative spirit shared between Nova Scotia Public Libraries and Public Health has enhanced the delivery of community rapid test distribution province-wide. Libraries continue to distribute rapid testing kits to library users and community members and be pulse oximeter drop-off locations throughout Nova Scotia.

Since the beginning of 2022, Nova Scotia Public Libraries have made a significant contribution

  • Distributing over 4.5 million rapid tests
  • Hosting 50+ Public Health Mobile Unit Clinics on-site
  • Hosting 80+ Vaccine Outreach Clinics on-sitePublic Libraries are an invaluable partner in helping Public Health support Nova Scotians in their communities.Thank you, library workers, for your partnership and continued support in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our province.Sincerely,Dr. Robert Strang
    Chief Medical Officer of Health Department of Health and Wellness