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Please note: Petit de Grat Library is closed for the remainder of today, September 22nd.

Please note: Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough will be unstaffed on Friday, September 24. Instead, the Open Library will be available 7am-9pm. Adult library members can use their library card and PIN to unlock the door and help themselves to the library. 

Port Hawkesbury Library is now providing public access. Click here to learn more.

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Proof of Vaccination Required at all Library Locations effective October 4, 2021

Beginning October 4th, Nova Scotians will need proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together, including visiting any public library in the province.  Information about this policy is available here.

This public health directive means all individuals who are 12 and older must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering any Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) service location, as of October 4th. Proof of vaccination is not required for children 11 or younger, provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.  

To make sure you have proof of full vaccination before this policy comes into effect, do one of the following:

  • If you received a digital copy of your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination by email, print your card (shown below) and keep it with you. Printing fees will be waived if you print your Proof of Vaccination at an ECRL service location.

  • If you don’t have an email address or you didn’t receive a digital copy of your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination by email, call 1-833-797-7772 (Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm) to request a copy of your proof of vaccination.

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Library users that are not fully vaccinated, or choose not to disclose their vaccination status, can access Borrow by Mail service, digital library servicesand/or Curbside Pickup/Library Take-out services, depending on their location. Contact your local library for more information.

As public health protocols can evolve quickly, please stay up to date on services offered at ECRL by visiting often, or by following ECRL on social media: |

Public Access Resuming at Port Hawkesbury Library on September 14

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is pleased to begin welcoming students, teachers, and members of the public back into the Port Hawkesbury Library (located inside SAERC) beginning September 14, 2021.

The Nova Scotia government’s Returning to Class for 2021-22 plan outlines that schools will return to their existing policies on community use of schools. This includes permitting members of the public to enter SAERC and Dalbrae Academy to visit their public libraries. Due to a facility issue, the date to resume access at the Alexander Doyle Public Library, located inside Dalbrae Academy, will be announced at a later date.

Library users will need to follow public health guidance in the school and in the library. This will include COVID-19 screening and visitor sign-in for contact tracing purposes. Masks will be required at all times while inside the school until September 20, and are strongly recommended after that date. Any changes to masking requirements or other public health guidance will be communicated to library users if or when they take effect.

Users of Port Hawkesbury Library can continue to enjoy Borrow by Mail and ECRL’s extensive selection of digital content, and they will also have the opportunity to enjoy our great in-person services like browsing, public computer use, and free WiFi access. Curbside Pickup library service in Port Hawkesbury will be replaced with Library Take-out service. Library members can continue to place holds on their online account or with telephone assistance from library staff. They can arrange Library Take-out service with library staff, and their library items will be ready for pick-up just inside the library, in a manner similar to Curbside Pickup but inside the library instead of outside the building. Returns will be accepted inside the library and also in the bookdrop located inside the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

“We want to thank users of the Port Hawkesbury Library for their patience over these last 18 months,” said Laura Emery, CEO of ECRL. “We are proud of how staff were able to continue delivering library materials and library services to community members despite the challenges, and we are all very excited, and relieved, to be able to welcome visitors to the Port Hawkesbury Library again. “

As public health protocols can evolve quickly, please stay up to date on services offered at ECRL by visiting often, or by following ECRL on social media:|

For more information contact: Laura Emery, CEO,, 902-631-4403

Click here to download a printable version of this media release.

Service Announcement - September 14th

As Phase 5 has been delayed Eastern Counties Regional Library branches will remain at the maximum capacity that allows for social distancing. 

Maximum capacity at each branch, including any staff members present, is as follows until further notice:

Sherbrooke Library: 5

St. Peter’s Library: 5

Cyril Ward Memorial Library (Guysborough): 7

Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library (Margaree Forks): 7

Port Hawkesbury Library: 12

Petit de Grat Library: 14

Canso Library: 15

Public access to the library branch in Mabou is not available at this time due to a facilities issue, but Curbside Pickup service remains available. Curbside Pickup service is also available in Mulgrave.

Our Borrow by Mail and digital library services are also available. 

Please continue to check our website or follow us on social media for more information and service updates: and

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