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: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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While we keep our staff and community safe.

Effective Wednesday, July 14 at 12:00 AM:

  • All locations will enter into Phase 4 reopening.
  • Programming will increase in number and seating, where possible. Online events will continue.
  • Community Room rentals will resume 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 will resume, with masks required.
  • All borrower services will remain open, including Curbside Pick-up during and Book Drops.
  • Public computers will remain available with limited stations and bookings.
  • Our Ask the Library phone service will remain open for all inquiries.
  • Masks must be worn and physical distancing maintained while inside facilities and using in-person Library services.

Library COVID-19 News

More Programming at the Library

Summer 2021
Halifax Public Libraries
We're bringing the Library outside. Check out what outdoor events are taking place in your neighbourhood.

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.

Branch-Specific Info

Like our communities, each Library location is unique. During this time, the adapted services and amenities at each location may look different.

Be sure to check your local branch or library office for specific information on your local branch.

Health & Safety

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

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.

Services

We want you to stay safe and feel connected. Whether our locations are open or closed, Library services are available and can help in many ways.

Ask the Library

Our friendly staff are ready to answer inquiries from you from the comfort of your home.

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.

Borrowing

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.

Curbside Pick-up

Curbside Pick-up is a contactless pick-up service available at all locations of Halifax Public Libraries.

Book Drops

All Book Drops are open. If you experience difficulties, please:

  • Do not leave items outside the Book Drop when closed.
  • Contact your local branch, Ask the Library at 902-490-5753, or email AskLib@halifax.ca.

Room Bookings & Rentals

The Library is a community gathering space for your private and non-partnered events, too. 

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.

Programs

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

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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