All About Library Closures

Answers to our most frequently asked closure-related questions, plus information on what's available when the Library is closed.

When one or more Library locations have to close—for a weather event, holiday, or another reason—many of our regular services are put on hold. To help you feel prepared, here are some answers to our most frequently asked closure-related questions, plus information on what's available when the Library is closed.

Will you send a notice when the branch reopens?

When we close for a full day, the expectation is that we will resume regular open hours the following day, unless otherwise announced. Our website is your most reliable source for information on the Library's open status—we suggest you check out our Hours & Locations, opens a new window page before leaving for a visit. 

Still unsure whether the Library is open? Give your local branch a call!

How do I return an item that is due today? Will my holds be saved for when you reopen?

Your items will be waiting

In the event of an unexpected closure, materials on hold will be extended so that they are available when the branch reopens. This way, you can get back to borrowing in no time!

Returns can wait—but you have options

Halifax Public Libraries is fine-free, opens a new window. That means you will not be charged for overdue materials, and can enjoy worry-free borrowing. Simply bring back your items when the Library reopens, or if desired, use your preferred branches' exterior book drop.

We also have a range of Library Kiosks and Community Return Locations, opens a new window for your convenience, and items can be returned to any Library branch, regardless of where the items were originally borrowed.

Will Library events be cancelled, too?

Yes. All events at a closed Library location will be automatically cancelled, unless communicated otherwise. Also, if there is a weather event predicted or underway, please check the What’s On Calendar, opens a new window before leaving for the event.

What can I do while my Library is closed?

While you won’t have access to our facilities, as long as we have power, you can:

Borrow digital items with ease

Our E-Library is open 24/7, and your library card gives you access to digital books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, and much more. We encourage you to explore all that our free E-Library has to offer, especially when you’re seeking some Library fun beyond our branches. View our complete list of available E-Library resources., opens a new window

Access our free WiFi

Be it after-hours, a delayed opening, or a day of the week when your favourite Library is closed, our free WiFi, opens a new window is there to help you stay connected when you need it. You are always welcome to use our WiFi from outside the building on your personal devices. A reminder to please stay safe if accessing WiFi when a branch is closed due to weather.

Read more, opens a new window about how our IT team works to extend the reach of WiFi beyond our walls.

Check your account or renew materials

Give our teleaccess line a call at (902) 490-5845. Simply follow the voice prompts to complete some basic account administration, and you can manage your account like a pro.