Status of Library Service

Status of Library Service

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Main Contact

Ask the Library
Email: asklib@halifax.ca
Phone: 902-490-5753

News Media Contact

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Email: morrisk@halifax.ca
Mobile: 902-476-8605

Latest Update: Sunday, October 3, 2021

Your Library in Phase 5

On October 4, 2021, Nova Scotia will enter Phase 5 of reopening. The Province has added public libraries to its list of organizations that will not require Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination for entry.

This information is rapidly evolving. We will continue to adjust our approach in line with Provincial health and safety regulations and recommendations. We appreciate your patience as we work to prepare our staff and community members for upcoming changes.

Effective 12:00am, Monday, October 4, 2021:

Your Library in Phase 5 has resumed all services, while continuing to offer contactless options.

  • Masks continue to be required in indoor spaces by Public Health, including all Library spaces. If you need a mask, we have some available at our Info Desks.
  • To enter our facilities and to make a same-day booking for a study room, Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination is not required.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination with matching personal ID is required for anyone age 12 or older to attend Library programs, including adults accompanying youth under 12. Learn more about the Provincial Proof of Vaccination Policy on their site.
  • Personal food and drink are not allowed in common spaces. Water refill stations are open.
  • Rooms are available for private bookings at select locations. Those booking the Library spaces are responsible for ensuring all attendees wear masks and have provided Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination with additional ID and wear masks when not eating or drinking. The exception is a same-day booking for a study room.
  • In some situations, attendance may be limited to avoid overcrowding within select Library events.
  • All public computers and children’s play items will be out on the floor for your use.
  • Technology Help has paused temporarily.

​​If you need help printing your Proof of Vaccination, we can help.

Why is Proof of Vaccination required to attend Library programs and use meeting rooms?
The collective health and safety of our staff and community is our top priority and shared responsibility. We are committed to following the recommendations and requirements issued by Nova Scotia Public Health. Due to the nature of programs offered at the Library and our meeting rooms, Proof of Vaccination is required for attendees, ages 12 and up.

Printing Proof of Vaccination
If you need to print your Proof of Vaccination card, we can help. We will be happy to help you print and cover your card in-branch or via Curbside Pick-up service for free. Just ask us!

Questions About the Provincial Policy
You may have questions about vaccination exemptions, approved vaccine names, testing status vs. vaccination status, and what kinds of vaccine records (e.g. from other provinces, international, etc.) will be acceptable to show as proof. Please review Nova Scotia's Proof of Vaccination Policy, opens a new window for further information. We will be following this policy for our event and program check-ins.

Beyond Our Walls
We continue to strive to be creative in serving all members of our community, including those who are unable to access Library spaces. Borrowing with Curbside Pick-up (e.g. books, instruments, kits, and technology) and printing options remain available for everyone, and we continue to expand our online and virtual offerings.

Library COVID-19 News

Borrowing Information: Updates due to COVID-19

We've made changes to borrowing, loans, and fines in response to COVID-19. Contactless Curbside Pick-up is now being offered!

Ask the Library: Phone Service

Call us with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat.

That’s a Wrap! Results from Our Community Lunch Project

One year, five branches, 50 volunteers and 38 thousand lunches—the results are in from our Community Lunch Project and its all good news.

Contactless Services Are Available

The following service options are still available and encouraged: 

  • Curbside Pick-up is a contactless pick-up service available at all locations of Halifax Public Libraries. Learn how -to use our Curbside Pick-up before your visit and check your local Library's location page for open hours and more information.
  • Ask the Library - Call us at 902-490-5753 with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat. Or, email AskLib@halifax.ca - with your general inquiries, requests for reading recommendations, or research questions.
  • Get a digital library card for borrowing from home.
  • Online Library events - With internet access, any device, and a click of a link, you can join us online for select Library events. New to Zoom? Read our article on how to connect with Zoom.

Your E-Library is always here for you, at home

Everything you love about our E-Library, such as e-books, streaming services, and online resources, are available to you 24/7, whether our locations are closed or open.

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