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September 16, 2020 - Library by Appointment Service Update

We value your feedback. Effective September 21, our Library by Appointment schedules will be adjusted. We are happy to announce that library members will be able to book 1 hour appointments to visit the libraries in Margaree Forks, Guysborough, Sherbrooke, and Canso. Appointments were previously limited to 30 minutes.

September 10, 2020 - Service Update for Libraries in Mabou and Port Hawkesbury
As of September 21st, hours of operation at the Alexander Doyle Public Library in Mabou and the Port Hawkesbury Library will be 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Library staff will be available to answer questions by phone or email during these hours, and will continue offering contactless Curbside Pickup of library materials at both locations. At this time, Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) cannot offer in-person Library by Appointment service at either location. Both of these public libraries are located within schools operated by the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) and these facilities are closed to public access, for the safety of children, students, families and staff.
“We know some people will be disappointed that the libraries in Mabou and Port Hawkesbury cannot offer public access at this time,” said Trish McCormick, Deputy Chief Librarian. “But we are cooperating with our partners at SRCE while they work hard to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students. We want to assure students, parents, and all library users that ECRL is here to support them in different ways this school year.”
All library members can continue to borrow books and other library items using the Borrow by Mail option or contactless Curbside Pickup at a library branch. Place holds using your online account, or by calling your nearest library branch. ECRL also has an extensive collection of digital content that can be accessed for free anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection. With downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, music, television and film, English and French encyclopedias, video tutorials, and language learning courses, there is something for everyone on our Digital Content page.
Community members who do not yet have a free library card are encouraged to register online using our Registration Form or by calling our toll-free phone number 1-855-787-7323. They will be provided with an account number and PIN, which they can use to enjoy everything the library offers.
Local residents can stay up to date on available services by calling their local library, by visiting this website often, or by following ECRL on social media: |
August 28, 2020 - Announcing Library by Appointment in Guysborough and Canso

ECRL is pleased to announce that Library by Appointment will be offered in Guysborough beginning Wednesday, September 2, and in Canso on Thursday, September 10. Library by Appointment service is currently offered at Sherbrooke Library and Coady and Tompkins Library in Margaree Forks. To learn more about Library by Appointment service, click here.

To book your appointment in Guysborough, call the Cyril Ward Memorial Library at 902-533-3586 on or after September 2.

To book your appointment in Canso, call the Canso Library at 902-366-2955 on or after September 10.

August 13, 2020 - Introducing Library by Appointment at ECRL

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is very pleased to introduce Library by Appointment, the latest service option for those who wish to visit a library branch. This service will be introduced gradually, and will be offered at those of our locations where it is possible to accommodate public access and the necessary levels of cleaning and disinfection.

Due to our mostly rural setting, many library users live some distance away from their nearest library. Considering this, along with the need to maintain physical distancing inside the library, ECRL is offering scheduled access to ensure that we can safely welcome users at their chosen time.

During a library appointment, members will be asked to wear a mask, maintain proper physical distancing, and sanitize their hands before using the computer or browsing the collection. To ensure safe physical distancing, the number of visitors will be limited based on the size of each library. Accommodations will be made for those unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

All library appointments will be 30 minutes. Users will be limited to one visit per business day and, depending upon demand, may be further limited to one visit per week. Please be aware that seating and computers within the branch have been reduced to ensure physical distancing. The public computer will require booking when the appointment is made. Keyboards and mice will be disinfected between each use and at the end of each day.

ECRL’s Borrow by Mail and Curbside Pickup services both continue to be available to those who choose to use them.

The Sherbrooke Library will be the first location offering Library by Appointment. As of August 19, members of the public can call the Sherbrooke Library at (902) 522-2180 to book their appointment. ECRL membership is required in order to book an appointment. If you do not have an ECRL card, you can register online or over the phone by calling your nearest library location, or calling toll-free 1-855-787-7323.

Continue to check back here for updates about Library by Appointment at other ECRL locations.

Pride Month Reading List

In honour of the first ever Strait Area Pride Rally, ECRL staff have selected a sample of titles to help you learn, explore, and celebrate for Pride Month. Enjoy these memoirs, stories, and learning resources from and about LGBTQ2+ individuals. Click here to view the list.

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.

June is National Indigenous History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. ECRL staff have selected a sample of titles that will help you learn about Indigenous communities and experiences, past and present. Click here to view the list.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating, and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada, and we hope this list will help you do that. 

Anti-Racist Reading

ECRL believes that all people are equally deserving of respect, peace, safety, and humanity. We recognize it is vital to understand how our current system devalues the lives of those without the privilege of whiteness. To help us all learn we have recently added more books about racism, anti-racism, and white fragility to our collection. Please join us in reading about this crucial issue. If there is something we are missing, please let us know.

Staff have selected a sample of titles to support learning. Click here to view our recommendations.

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

Please read our Interlibrary Loan Policy before placing an Interlibrary Loan.

Note: We are requesting that members of the public help us develop ECRL's Acadian Collection. Read more 

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