LIBRARY SERVICE UPDATE: All branches of Halifax Public Libraries have opened again to offer in-person services specific to their location. This page has more information on opening our doors again and will be kept up-to-date with any additional changes to Library service. Click here for branch hours and information. 

Status of Library Service

Status of Library Service

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Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Email: morrisk@halifax.ca
Phone: 902-490-5852
Mobile: 902-476-8605

Latest Update: Thursday, July 9

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.

Stay Informed

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!

Endless Ideas: Resources for Staying Connected

This post will be kept updated with links to free online entertainment, experiences, and events for all ages, created locally and worldwide.

Ask the Library: A New Phone Line

You can now call us with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat.

Branch Specific Info

Like our communities, each branch of the Library is unique. During this time, the adapted services and amenities at each branch will be different, and so will opening hours.

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

The health and safety of our community and staff is our top priority.

When you visit us again, we ask that you follow recommendations from public health that will help keep you and others healthy.

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.

The Province of Nova Scotia provides recommendations on how to protect yourself and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Services

From Curbside Pick-up, to asking questions through our Ask the Library phone line, there are many ways to connect with your Library.

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!

Call us
You can call us with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat. The number is 902-490-5753.

Email us
You can also email us your questions at AskLib@halifax.ca, and our team will work to answer in a timely manner.

Borrowing Information

We’ve made updates to borrowing, loans, and fines, in response to COVID-19. Click here for information.

Curbside Pick-up

Halifax Public Libraries offers Curbside Pick-up at all branches.

We plan to continue offering Curbside Pick-up service for the foreseeable future.

Click here for more information.

Book Drops

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.

Please contact Ask the Library by calling 902-490-5753, or emailing asklib@halifax.ca  if you are having difficulty accessing a branch Book Drop.

 

Room Bookings

All room bookings have been cancelled until the end of August 2020. All cancelled room bookings will be refunded in full.

Programs

All in-person Library events have been cancelled until the end of August 2020, unless otherwise communicated.

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

Everything you love about our E-Library like e-books, streaming services and online resources, are always available to you, 24/7.

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