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Volunteer Opportunity: Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility

We want to access your thoughts on accessibility.

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Why not consider serving as a volunteer member of the newly formed Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility?

The Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility will provide advice to the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL), Colchester East Hants Public Library (CEHPL), Cumberland Public Libraries (CPL), Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL), and Western Counties Regional Library (WCRL) on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The committee will play a pivotal role in helping the participating regional libraries become accessible, and in compliance with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).

With your help, we will develop an accessibility plan that will make our libraries a place for everyone.

All meetings will be virtual.  Equipment and assistance is available from library staff if required.

At least one half of the members of the advisory committee must have a disability or represent an organization that represents people with disabilities.

Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, or sensory impairment—including an episodic disability—that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.


Fill out and submit the online form found here, or print and submit the printable form found here via email to (Subject: Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility) or by mail addressed to:

Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility
c/o Annapolis Valley Regional Library Administration Office
PO Box 510 236 Commercial Street
Berwick, Nova Scotia Canada
B0P 1E0

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 24 at 4pm.

For more information:

Terms of Reference

Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Directorate

Service Announcement - April 28, 2021

Effective Wednesday, April 28, Eastern Counties Regional Library branches are closed to the public until further notice.

In accordance with public health directives ECRL libraries are still able to offer the public Curbside Pickup service. Staff will be available during their regularly scheduled hours and available to assist you by phone. Our stringent COVID-19 safety measures remain in place and help to ensure that our library collections are safe for public use. 

Please note, the Port Hawkesbury Library located in the SAERC building is closed for deep cleaning. We expect it will be able to reopen sometime the week of May 3rd. Port Hawkesbury Library users will not be able to return items to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre as it is currently closed to the public. Port Hawkesbury users should keep library items and we will renew your loans as needed. For assistance, please call our Headquarters location toll-free at 1-855-787-7323.

Port Hawkesbury Library: Closed for deep cleaning. Curbside Pickup service resuming May 3.

Alexander Doyle Public Library (Mabou): Curbside pickup only. Closed Wednesday, April 28.

Mulgrave: Curbside pickup only

Sherbrooke Library: Curbside pickup only

St. Peter’s Library: Curbside pickup only

Cyril Ward Memorial Library (Guysborough): Curbside pickup only 

Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library (Margaree Forks): Curbside pickup only 

Petit de Grat Library: Curbside pickup only 

Canso Library: Curbside pickup only 

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

The staff at ECRL wish everyone safety and well-being during this difficult time. We are glad if the Library can help in some small way to support you and your family. Please encourage anyone in need to sign up for a library card or try our Borrow by Mail and digital services.  

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

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

Click here for the downloadable pdf version of this release.

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.

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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