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Service Announcement - May 20, 2020

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is now able to safely resume the lending of physical library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) via the mail. As part of our service response to COVID-19 we are expanding our Borrow by Mail service to include all ECRL members.

Anyone with a free library card can request and receive library books and other materials by logging into their online account and selecting items. Borrow by Mail will be the available pick up location option.

To learn more about how Borrow by Mail works, click here.

All locations of Eastern Counties Regional Library, including the Open Library in Guysborough, remain closed until further notice. We are developing and planning new ways to serve you safely. For the most up-to-date information about library services, visit us online at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

  • Please feel free to start placing requests in our online catalogue.
  • All loan periods will be renewed to July 2nd
  • Book drops are now open, except in Port Hawkesbury, Petit de Grat and Inverness. Please return items when it is convenient and safe for you to do so.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL) service remains suspended and all previous ILL requests have been cancelled. Please do not attempt to place ILL requests at this time.
Recommended Reads: Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens, originally called war gardens or liberty gardens, gained popularity during World War II. Canadians, much like those in the USA and England, were encouraged to plant gardens as a way to provide themselves with nutritious food during uncertain times.

As we now face newfound uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the public to revisit the idea of planting a Victory Garden. Not only will gardening help to provide us with nutritious food, taking up gardening can also provide a healthy and productive distraction and boost morale.

We encourage you to help yourself, help your neighbours, and help your community by taking up gardening. Enjoy therapeutic work and watching plants grow. Reap the rewards of eating local and feel good about sharing with family, friends, neighbours, or foodbanks. 

Library staff have put together lists of eBook recommendations of titles that will help you to make your way through your gardening journey. 

We Recommend:

Gardening for your space: Click here to find recommendations that ECRL staff think may help you determine how to best utilize your space and learn how to get started. While planting directly in the ground can be a great choice, there are many of alternatives to explore, like raised beds, containers, and more. Check out our recommended reads to learn more.

Previous recommendations:

Gardening for beginners: These books will help you learn about starting seeds, nursing your seedlings, teaching children about gardening, and much more. Click here to view our recommendations.

Digital Resources for Families and Educators

We are all adapting to the current conditions and finding new ways to learn and be entertained while staying at home. We have compiled library resource guides for both families and educators. To find out about how the library can help, please see the links below:

How the Library Can Support Families / Comment la bibliothèque peut aider les familles

How the Library Can Help Educators / Comment la bibliothèque peut aider les enseignants

Featured Digital Content: Consumer Reports

The Consumer Reports database features ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of consumer products and services. Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has been helping subscribers find better, safer products for 80+ years. Consumer Reports accepts no outside advertising and no free test samples, and employs shoppers and experts to buy and test the products reviewed. ECRL users can compare price, performance, and reliability all in one place with expert reviews. 

Accessing Consumer Reports

To use Consumer Reports, click here and enter your library card number to gain access.

To learn about other ways that ECRL members can use the library online, visit our Digital Content page.

COVID-19 Information

The government of Nova Scotia has declared a provincial state of emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See more here: English / French

For up-to-date information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please see the following resources:

Nova Scotia Provincial Government information and updates: English and French

Government of Canada information and updates: English and French

World Health Organization information and updates: English and French 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has established a Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397

ECRL Membership

To register for a library card online, request a replacement card, or update your account information, click here

Click here to find out essential information about your ECRL membership. Maximize the power of your library card! 

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 service temprorarily suspended due to closure

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