Using the Library

Your Library Card

Your free Eastern Counties Regional Library card gives you access to:

  • Borrowing books and other items from ECRL's collection, as well as access to the full library collection shared by seven other regional libraries in Nova Scotia. ECRL users can place holds on and borrow items from any Same Page library, the same way they would with items in ECRL’s own collection!
  • Accessible reading materials, including Large Print, audiobooks, and more
  • Your online account where you can place holds, renew items, create lists and more
  • A wide range of Digital Library Services available anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Get books and other items delivered to any address in our service area via Canada Post using our Borrow by Mail service
  • Self-serve locations including:
  • Borrowing items from other libraries in Nova Scotia and across Canada, using our Interlibrary Loan service
  • Keeping ECRL’s collection new, exciting, and relevant, by suggesting an item for purchase

Children (13 and under) must have a parent’s, guardian’s, or caregiver’s permission to register for a library card. When applying please include the name of an adult granting their permission. That adult is agreeing to be responsible for the library account.  

See our Library Policies for more information about using the library.

Visiting the Library

 When you visit a library branch, you can:

  • Get staff assistance with all library services, including registering for a library card
  • Browse and borrow library collections (books, DVDs, audiobooks)
  • Use the free WiFi and public computers
  • Use printing, photocopying, scanning, and laminating services
  • Return items you have borrowed from any Same Page Library
  • Return items you have borrowed from any public, university, or community college library in Nova Scotia (Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere)
  • Access the Ancestry Library genealogical database and Cochrane Library medical database
  • Learn about or attend library programs
  • Book a Community-Use Room (available at Sherbrooke Public Library and Alexander Doyle Public Library in Mabou)

Using the Library at Home

There are many ways to use the library from the comfort of your own home:

Using the Library Online

Wherever you have an internet connection, you can:

  • Search the library catalogue for items you want to borrow
  • Access most of our Digital Library Services at home or anywhere with an internet connection, anytime
  • Access Ancestry Library genealogical database and Cochrane Library medical database (only available when you connect to the internet at an ECRL library branch)
  • Register for a library card or ask for a replacement card
  • Manage your account online: monitor due dates, place and check the status of holds, update your contact information, and more
  • Find accessible reading opportunities
  • Submit a program partnership request
  • Contact us by email. We can assist you if you are having trouble accessing library services online, and we encourage feedback from library users