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Library News

Please note:

The Alexander Doyle Public Library in Mabou will be closed on Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25.

RSpace, the Mulgrave Branch Library will be closing for the winter season on September 30, 2019. We will reopen for Summer 2020. Thanks for a great summer and see you next year!

NEW: Help The Library Shop For A New Acadian Collection 

The Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough is now an Open Library! If you have an Adult library card and PIN, you can use the entry panel to visit during extended hours.

Announcing a new service for remote Library users in Inverness County. Click for more information.

3D printing @ the Library

Chicken made at St. Peter's Branch

The Library offers 3D printing services. Printing costs $1 per hour of printing time. Colour choices vary.

Visit the Port Hawkesbury, St. Peter's, or Petit de Grat Libraries to arrange printing your design.

You may also email your design to and we will ship your 3D project to any ECRL location for pick-up.


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Open Library Pilot Project

The Open Library Pilot Project:

OLPP Press Release 2018-07-27

OLPP FAQs 2018-07-27

Open Library in Guysborough

Have you had a chance to check out the Open Library in Guysborough yet? We are up and running and excited for you to try it out! You will need your library card and your PIN  to use the entry panel to unlock the door during extended hours (7am-9pm Mon-Sat; 12-7pm Sun). Once you’re inside, you can use the free WiFi, computers, print and photocopy, use our selfCheck kiosk to check out and return items, and enjoy the space. We take care of this space together, and ask you to remember that the Open Library uses video surveillance for security purposes.

Can’t find your library card? Don’t have a library card yet?

Visit your nearest branch during regular hours and our staff will provide you with a card. If the hours at your nearest branch are not convenient for you, you can fill out our online registration form. Or call our toll free number for assistance 1-855-787-7323. We will mail you your new library card.

Not sure what your PIN is?

Call your nearest branch or our Headquarters location and our staff can re-set your PIN for you.

Did you know that with your library card number and PIN you can also log in to your online account to renew items, check your due dates, and place and check on the status of your holds?

Remember that the friendly library staff in Guysborough will still be available to help you during regular hours: 12-5pm Mon-Thu and 10am-2pm Fri-Sat.

September is Harvest Time

Many of the vegetables and fruit you’ve grown all summer are now ready for harvest. We have lots of great titles in our catalogue that may help you decide what to do with your harvested goods, including cooking, preserving, and seed saving! Check out the following titles to get you started:

Vegetables Illustrated



Vegetables illustrated : an inspiring guide with 700+ kitchen-tested recipes shares loads of invaluable kitchen tips and insights from American's Test Kitchen cooks, making it easy - and irresistibly tempting - to eat more veggies every day.






Batch : over 200 recipes, tips and techniques for a well preserved kitchen by Joel Maccharles & Dana Harrison includes multiple preserving recipes using seven different methods in each ingredient chapter in this book. From apples and rhubarb, to asparagus and tomatoes, and covering a variety of meat and fish, Batch teaches you everything you need to know to get the most out of your kitchen.



The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs / Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough.


The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough will allow you to enjoy your favorite varieties of garden plants year after year with this comprehensive guide to gathering, preparing, and planting seeds. This book will provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper seed storage and successful propagation.

Can't find it?

Are you looking for something that is not in our collection? Please submit one of the following requests:

For new and locally significant items: Suggestion for Purchase

For items older than six months: Interlibrary Loan


If you, or someone you know, has vision or perceptual disabilities please visit the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) website to find out how to get books available in accessible formats.


Need information on a topic? Use the databases below to search for articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and a variety of other publications.


Looking to do genealogical or historical research? Ancestry Library Edition is available to use at any of our library branches.

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Please contact us at ECRL Headquarters if you have questions about our services. The ECRL Headquarters office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

(902) 747-2597