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Latest Update: Thursday, September 23, 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:
- You will not need to show Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination to enter Halifax Public Libraries locations.
- People ages 12 and older will need to show Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination to attend Halifax Public Libraries programs and events. If you plan to attend a Library event on or after October 4, we encourage you to check our What's On Calendar for specific event details and requirements once Phase 5 begins, so you can be prepared for your visit.
- Infants and children who are not eligible for vaccination can still attend programs at the Library. The adult who accompanies them will need to show Proof of Vaccination to attend the program with them.
Why is Proof of Vaccination required to attend Library programs?
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, 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. All library cardholders have access to $5.00 per month in printing services. We will be happy to help you print and wrap your card in-branch or via Curbside Pick-up service. 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.
Current Status of Library Service (Phase 4)
All locations remain in Phase 4 of reopening until 12:00am October 4, 2021.
- Masks must be worn and physical distancing maintained while inside facilities and using in-person Library services.
- In-person Library events continue to follow Phase 4 capacity guidelines. Online events continue.
- Community Room rentals have resumed at selection locations with reduced capacities and masks required. Same-day study room bookings are available at applicable locations and the Media Studio at Central Library will continue.
- Technology Help has paused temporarily.
- All borrower services remain available, including Curbside Pick-up and Book Drops.
- Public computers remain available with limited stations and bookings.
- Our Ask the Library phone service remains open for all inquiries.
Be sure to check your local branch or library office for specific information on your local branch.
Health & Safety
When using all Library services, community members are required to follow recommendations from Public Health to help keep you and others healthy.
- Face masks must be worn when inside our locations and when using our Curbside Pick-up service.
- Physical distancing is expected of all visitors.
- Food and drink are not allowed inside the Library.
- Remember: wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and avoid touching your face.
Ask the Library
Call us at 902-490-5753
You can call Ask the Library with questions you'd usually ask in person, or just to chat.
Email us at AskLib@halifax.ca
You can email us your general inquiries, requests for reading recommendations, or research questions to AskLib@halifax.ca. Our team will work to answer in a timely manner.
Access to information is always a must, and when we are being encouraged to stay home, a library's collection is essential. At Halifax Public Libraries, it's easy to borrow.
- Need a library card? Get a digital card and start borrowing!
- The Library is officially fine-free!
- We've made updates to borrowing and loans in response to COVID-19.
- With Curbside Pick-up in place, returns and holds are working as usual.
Room Bookings, Rentals & Donations
Book a Space
- Community Room rentals will resume during Phase 4 of reopening, with some rooms remaining unavailable.
- Select locations with Study Rooms will take free same-day bookings for two hour durations.
- The Media Studio at Central Library is open for free bookings. All users must complete an orientation session to use the space safely.
- Premium Venue rentals at Central Library are unavailable at this time.
- The Library is not currently accepting material donations in Phase 4.
Our What's On calendar now features a mix of event types. We host online, outdoor, and in-person, depending on the phase we are in. Safety protocols will be stated on each event listing.
- In-branch - All indoor programs will resume for Phase 4 reopening, with limited seating.
- Outdoor - Safe distancing is key to our outdoor events, and if the event has shared materials, they are wiped down after each use.
- Online - The Library uses Zoom for hosting our online events. With internet access, any device, and a click of a link, you can join us online. New to Zoom? Read our article on how-to connect with Zoom.
- On-demand - To help keep you occupied at home and as needed, we add activities for all ages to our Virtual Library pages.
Your E-Library is always 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
- Explore our blog for creative activities and insights: Blog
- Browse our channel for interactive videos created by staff: hfxpublib YouTube