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Interlibrary Loan service temporarily unavailable

Interlibrary Loan service is temporarily unavailable. New requests will not be accepted until February 14, 2022. Requests made prior to January 21 will be processed when possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Port Hawkesbury Public Library offering Curbside Pickup only

Effective immediately, Port Hawkesbury Public Library is offering Curbside Pickup only. Access to the library is not available.

As per Public Health and the Department of Education, non-essential visitors are not permitted in schools. Library users are considered non-essential visitors,... Learn More

Service Announcement - 50% Capacity

Please note the following changes to Eastern Counties Regional Library service, effective Wednesday, December 22:

  • All library branches will operate at 50% capacity, as per the Government of Nova Scotia.
  • As long as the number of people inside the library remains below 50% capacity, the... Learn More

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit Update

Our role as pick-up locations for COVID-19 rapid tests has been paused and we have run out of rapid test kits at all locations. Updates will be posted on our website (ecrl.ca) if or when distribution of rapid tests at libraries will resume in the new year.

Please remember that masks and... Learn More

ECRL Introduces Library Kiosk at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is pleased to introduce a self-serve Library Kiosk at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. This is a convenient way for library users to browse and borrow books whenever the Civic Centre is open to the public. The Library Kiosk will be stocked with... Learn More

Proof of Vaccination now required to visit Port Hawkesbury Public Library

The Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) is directly responsible for the safety of its students and staff. As per provincial mandate, they require that all entrants into their facilities provide proof of full vaccination (PoV) upon entering a school. Learn more about Mandatory... Learn More

Introducing: Eastern Counties Regional Library's New Logo

For over 50 years, Eastern Counties Regional Library has been providing public library service to the geographic areas of Guysborough, Inverness, and Richmond Counties. As we look toward the next 50 years, we are excited to introduce our new logo that symbolizes vibrancy, connection, and sharing.

Phase 5 Service Announcement

On Monday, October 4th, Eastern Counties Regional Library’s service locations will move into Phase 5 as part of the provincial reopening plan. 

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) remains committed to providing safe access to library service for the public and providing a safe and... Learn More

Proof of Vaccination Update

The Province of Nova Scotia has designated public libraries as essential services.

This means that when the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy comes into effect on October 4th, proof of vaccination will NOT be required to enter our libraries.

All Nova Scotia Health measures and protocols... Learn More

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... Learn More