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Phase 3 Service Announcement

Beginning Monday, March 21st, Nova Scotia will be lifting gathering limits, social distancing and mask restrictions (except in schools). Even without formal public health restrictions, we can all make choices that will continue to keep each other safe.

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In-person Library Services to Resume at Most ECRL Locations

Effective Monday, February 28, in-person library service will resume at most Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) locations. Port Hawkesbury Public Library, Mabou – Alexander Doyle Public Library, and ECRL Regional Office in Mulgrave will continue to provide Curbside Pickup only... Learn More

All ECRL Locations Offering Curbside Pickup Only

Effective Wednesday, February 9th, library service at all Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) locations will be available by Curbside Pickup only. Public access to libraries will not be available until further notice. Library staff will call borrowers to set up a Curbside Pickup... Learn More

Public Libraries Resuming Rapid Test Kit Distribution

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) locations are resuming their role as pick-up locations for COVID-19 rapid test kits.

Before travelling to your nearest library, call to find out if they have test kits available. Find your library and contact information here.

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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 ( 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.

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