Status of Library Service
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Latest Update: Friday, August 7
We've missed seeing you!
It has been a while since we last saw you in person. We are excited to be opening our doors again and welcoming you back to our Library branches. Throughout COVID-19 related closures, Halifax Public Libraries has been working towards what a new normal will look like for Library service.
Our communities have shifted and adapted over the past few months. When you come to visit us again, expect things at your local Library branch to be a little different.
No matter the changes or how you choose to visit the Library—whether in-person or online— we're here for you, every step of the way.
As of Tuesday, July 7, 2020, all branches of Halifax Public Libraries have opened again with offering in-person services specific to their location. Click here for branch-specific information and opening dates.
With the opening of our doors again, we have moved into Stage Two of the Library service plan.
What is available in Stage Two:
- Opening of all branches for in-person services
- Ability to place new holds on physical items
- Curbside Pick-up
- Virtual Library programs
- Online resources through our E-Library
- All Book Drops open
The health and safety of our community and staff is our top priority. The Library will make the decision to move to the next stage in our service plan based off recommendations and updates from Public Health.
Be sure to check here for specific information on your local branch. We thank you for your patience during the early stages of opening our doors again.
Health & Safety
When you visit us again, we ask that you follow recommendations from public health that will help keep you and others healthy.
Please wear a mask when you visit the Library. The province of Nova Scotia requires masks to be worn in most indoor spaces beginning July 31, 2020. If you need a mask when you visit the Library, just ask a staff member!
Remember: wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and practice physical distancing.
Here's what the Library is doing to help keep you safe:
- All Library branches have accessible washrooms to allow for frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizer is also available.
- Washroom cleaning frequency has increased.
- Easy-to-follow signage and decals will be posted at all branches to help everyone navigate our spaces.
- Gathering areas, such as group seating or computer stations, have either been separated or sectioned off to allow for physical distancing.
- High-touch surfaces such as desks, self-check machines, computers, and doors, will be frequently sanitized. Depending on the Library branch, sanitizing of self-check machines or shared technology may be done by community members before use by using supplied sanitizing wipes.
- Most children's toys and games have been removed.
- Library staff frequently wash hands during their work shift.
- Masks are available if you need one for your Library visit.
The Province of Nova Scotia provides recommendations on how to protect yourself and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ask the Library
Serving the public is always a priority for Halifax Public Libraries, and our community members’ best interests are on all our minds. Ask the Library is here to help!
You can call us with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat. The number is 902-490-5753.
You can also email us your questions at AskLib@halifax.ca, and our team will work to answer in a timely manner.
As of Tuesday, June 23 all branch Book Drops are open. Please note: Open hours of branch Book Drops may have changed. Click here for Book Drop hours at your local branch.
If a Book Drop you visit is closed, we ask that you do not leave items outside the Book Drop.
While our in-person events have been cancelled, we are hosting Virtual Library events to connect with our community.
We're still here for you, at home
- Discover must-reads and classics: E-Books
- Listen along: Audiobooks
- Find a new story: Staff Picks
- Learn something new, or watch a favourite film: Online Resources
- Ideas for staying connected by Library staff: Endless Ideas