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Unscheduled Public Access is now offered in GuysboroughCansoPetit de Grat, and Margaree Forks.

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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year the theme is resilience.

The League of Canadian Poets shares: "What does it mean to be resilient? We meet resilience in every corner we’ve been backed into, every hardship that we endure. Resilience is geographical, spiritual, historical. It’s the fight against climate change, the inner battle with mental health, the outcry for human rights and an end to systemic racism. Resilience is the backbone of generations of trauma, the silence at the dinner table, the bow to culture’s violin. Resilience is the courage to start each day anew. This NPM 2021, we celebrate, reflect on and respect the resilience that has made us who we are."

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month by finding poetry that speaks to you. We recommend checking out Canadian poet Cicely Belle Blain's book, 'Burning Sugar: Poems'. In this book, verse and epistolary, racism and resilience, pain and precarity are flawlessly sewn together by the mighty hands of a Black, queer femme. Borrow it in print or ebook today.

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Implementing Funding Alignment - March 25, 2021

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is announcing service reductions as part of the funding alignment process for the 2021-2022 budget year commencing April 2021.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy in-person library service somewhere near their community. The only way the Board can achieve this is by making sure all of ECRL’s municipal funders get their tax dollars spent on local library service. Going forward, library open hours will correspond to the population and tax base generating the funding,” said ECRL Board Chair, Shirley McNamara. “I can understand this may be upsetting for some people. People love their local library branch. I want to assure everyone that after this difficult adjustment period, library open hours will be stable for the next 4 years.”

At this time, ECRL is planning library open hours at the Guysborough, Canso and Sherbrooke library locations will be as follows, beginning April 6th, 2021.

Canso Library:

  • Wednesday’s:   12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Thursday’s:      12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Friday’s:           12:30pm-5:30pm

Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough:

  • Tuesdays:        12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays:   12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Fridays:            12:30pm-5:30pm

Sherbrooke Library:

  • Wednesday’s:   10:00am-3:00pm
  • Thursday’s:      10:00am-3:00pm
  • Friday’s:           10:00am-3:00pm

ECRL provides an umbrella of services to meet the needs of users across the largest geographic library region in the Province of Nova Scotia. In addition to staff assistance, internet and computer access, and browsing collections offered at ECRL library branches, our Borrow by Mail service and digital lending services are available to everyone with an ECRL card. Please check our website or follow us on social media for more information and service updates: and

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Access to NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus now available - March 16, 2021

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Eastern Counties Regional Library now offers NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus, excellent resources to help readers find the books that are right for them.

The NoveList Plus database connects readers with their next great read by making recommendations based on what they already enjoy. NoveList Plus is a powerful, trusted resource for readers searching for something great to read. NoveList Plus allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a search term to locate other similar authors and titles of interest. You can also find books by subject, plot, themes, characters, and more. NoveList Plus is always growing, adding about 30,000 new titles every year. Use it to find read-alike recommendations, series information, award winners, and reviews from both professionals and readers like you.

In addition to the NoveList Plus database, Eastern Counties Regional Library members will also have access to NoveList K-8 Plus, which offers recommendations of both fiction and nonfiction reading material for younger readers. We believe that Library usage is a critical component in literacy and educational success, and NoveList provides valuable support. By identifying the right books for every reader while taking reading level and interests into account, it helps younger readers achieve reading success. Parents, teachers, and students can search by age, reading level, grade, and more.

Click here to get started today. You will need your library card number to log in. If you are not a member yet, or if you require a replacement card, please fill out our Registration Form.

Funding Alignment for 2021-2022 Budget - March 15, 2021

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is responsible for treating all of our municipal funding partners equitably, as they represent the taxpayers who support public libraries. A review by the ECRL Board of the new provincial library funding formula highlighted that some of ECRL’s Municipal funders are currently receiving a level of library service that costs significantly more than their financial contribution. Providing these service levels has required that a portion of the cost be covered by the financial contributions of other Municipal partners, who therefore receive significantly less library service than their population, and corresponding funding, merits.

A realignment of funds is necessary to ensure that all Municipal partners are benefiting from their provincially mandated contributions by receiving library service located in or very near to their geography, particularly as there are areas with relatively large populations that are currently underserved. At the February 2021 meeting the ECRL Board passed a motion that all municipal funding partners receive an equitable financial return on their contributions to ECRL in the upcoming 2021-2022 budget.

This means that library branch service levels will be aligned with municipal funding contributions beginning April 2021. Frontline services will receive increased support in the Counties of Inverness and Richmond, and they will remain at the current level in the Mulgrave/Port Hawkesbury area. In the District of Guysborough and District of St. Mary’s, frontline service will correspond to the level that can be supported by the municipalities’ financial contributions.

ECRL provides an umbrella of services to meet the needs of users across the largest geographic library region in the Province of Nova Scotia. In addition to staff assistance, internet and computer access, and browsing collections offered at ECRL library branches, our Borrow by Mail service and digital lending services are available to everyone with an ECRL card. Please check our website or follow us on social media for more information and service updates: and

Please click here for a downloadable pdf version of this release.

Inverness County Library Survey

Eastern Counties Regional Library est en train d’explorer la possibilité d’offrir de nouveaux services de bibliothèque dans le comté d'Inverness et aimerait entendre vos opinions. Veuillez répondre à la courte enquête pour nous faire part de vos commentaires. L'enquête se termine mercredi 17 mars.


Eastern Counties Regional Library is researching possible library service offerings in Inverness County, and would like to hear from you. Please take our short survey: The survey closes on Wednesday, March 17.

African Heritage Month Reading List

February is African Heritage Month. This year’s provincial theme is Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act. This theme emphasizes the importance of learning about people of African Descent and their vital role in the history of the development of Canada and Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a rich history dating back over 200 years. ECRL has created a reading list that can help you celebrate African Heritage Month with our collection of relevant books and information for all ages. Click here to view the full list.

 Visit more information about African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia.

Returns Now Accepted at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Effective immediately, library returns will now be accepted inside the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The Bookdrop is located inside, near the front entrance. It has been placed just under the sign for the Shannon Studio.

Please note: due to winter weather conditions, returns will no longer be accepted outside of the Port Hawkesbury Library/SAERC during library hours. Curbside Pickup is still available.

Click here to learn more about the Port Hawkesbury Library, including hours, services, contact information, and more.

ECRL Membership

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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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