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Library News

Please note:

All ECRL locations will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving, except the Open Library in Guysborough which will have extended access hours from 7am-9pm.  Happy Thanksgiving!

The Mulgrave Branch Library is closed for the season and will reopen for Summer 2020.

NEW: Help The Library Shop For A New Acadian Collection  

Announcing a new service for remote Library users in Inverness County. Click for more information.


Help make the library better for everyone. Your donation will help us buy more books, support our programming efforts, and improve our services. Donate today.

3D printing @ the Library

Chicken made at St. Peter's Branch

The Library offers 3D printing services. Printing costs $1 per hour of printing time. Colour choices vary.

Visit the Port Hawkesbury, St. Peter's, or Petit de Grat Libraries to arrange printing your design.

You may also email your design to and we will ship your 3D project to any ECRL location for pick-up.


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Open Library Pilot Project

The Open Library Pilot Project:

OLPP Press Release 2018-07-27

OLPP FAQs 2018-07-27

Open Library in Guysborough

Have you had a chance to check out the Open Library in Guysborough yet? We are up and running and excited for you to try it out! You will need your library card and your PIN  to use the entry panel to unlock the door during extended hours (7am-9pm Mon-Sat; 12-7pm Sun). Once you’re inside, you can use the free WiFi, computers, print and photocopy, use our selfCheck kiosk to check out and return items, and enjoy the space. We take care of this space together, and ask you to remember that the Open Library uses video surveillance for security purposes.

Can’t find your library card? Don’t have a library card yet?

Visit your nearest branch during regular hours and our staff will provide you with a card. If the hours at your nearest branch are not convenient for you, you can fill out our online registration form. Or call our toll free number for assistance 1-855-787-7323. We will mail you your new library card.

Not sure what your PIN is?

Call your nearest branch or our Headquarters location and our staff can re-set your PIN for you.

Did you know that with your library card number and PIN you can also log in to your online account to renew items, check your due dates, and place and check on the status of your holds?

Remember that the friendly library staff in Guysborough will still be available to help you during regular hours: 12-5pm Mon-Thu and 10am-2pm Fri-Sat.

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


If you, or someone you know, has vision or perceptual disabilities please visit the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) website to find out how to get books available in accessible formats.


Need information on a topic? Use the databases below to search for articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and a variety of other publications.


Looking to do genealogical or historical research? Ancestry Library Edition is available to use at any of our library branches.

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Please contact us at ECRL Headquarters if you have questions about our services. The ECRL Headquarters office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

(902) 747-2597