Status of Library Service
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Latest Update: Tuesday, October 20
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.
Status of Library Service: October 2020
All branches of Halifax Public Libraries are open and offering in-person services specific to their location. Click here for branch-specific information and opening dates.
Currently, we are in Stage Two of the Library service plan.
What is available in Stage Two:
- Opening of all branches for in-person services (As of July 2020)
- Ability to place new holds on physical items
- Curbside Pick-up
- Virtual Library programs
- Limited in-person 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.
Private Room Bookings
Book in Advance
You can book a same-day study room at Halifax Central Library. Study room capacity is limited to four people and masks must be worn. Please visit the Welcome Desk at Central Library or call 902-490-5706 to book.
Please check our What's On calendar for the most up to date information on Library programs and events.
October 2020 Update
We know our community thrives with access to free library programming. The Library continues to offer Virtual Library programs and has begun offering some in-person programs.
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. When you attend an in-person program at the Library, please remember to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash or sanitize your hands. Library staff will answer any questions you may have.
The Library has begun offering selected in-person programs that follow the health and safety guidelines set out by Public Health. These include outdoor events, learning programs such as Adult Literacy and English Language Learning, and small group gatherings.
We are working diligently to learn and adapt how the Library offers in-person programs in our spaces. The Library's goal is to expand in-person program offerings in the coming months. You will start to new types of programs emerge in response to our updated service model, along with some programs you may be familiar with from the past. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
Virtual Library Programs
We're still here for you at home.
The Library's Virtual Library programs have been a great success. We plan to continue offering a wide range of Virtual Library programs for all age groups over the coming months.
Are you new to Virtual Library programs? You can enjoy a Virtual Library program from the comfort of home, or while you're on the move! Check out this blog on how to connect with Zoom and attend using your computer or mobile device.
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