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Permanent Full-Time Job Opportunity - Mulgrave 

Please note our ILL (Inter-Library Loan) service is closed from March 29th to May 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We have had to reduce our staffing at Headquarters so significantly over the last several years that we no longer have backup for our ILL staff member when they are off work. Please contact your MLA and let them know you would like the Library to be sensibly funded. 

 Students & researchers, checkout Canadian Periodicals our new database, perfect for those challenging projects!

Want to learn some Spanish for that trip down south this winter? How about Italian? American Sign Language? The library now has Rocket Languages, an online language learning program. Try it out.

Rocket Languages

Hours for ECRL Headquarters 9am - 5pm Monday -Friday

Questions? Concerns? If so contact Chief Librarian, Laura Emery at 

ECRL Board Contact Information



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

3D printing @ the Library

Click the image and check out our new 3D printing video!

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

Visit either the Port Hawkesbury or Petit de Grat Libraries to arrange printing your design. Or email your design to 

We will ship 3D projects to any ECRL location for pick-up.

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Freedom to Read Requires Public Libraries

"Whatever the cost of our Libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite.

The economic banning of books and information is the form of censorship that we must be the most vigilant in guarding against. Public Libraries have a proud history of protecting readers’ right to read and to know, but they have to exist to be able to perform this vital public service. When Libraries start planning to close, and the Provincial Government is failing to act, reasonable people must ask themselves what is happening?

Freedom to Read week, February 26th to March 4th, is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about their right to intellectual freedom as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is a perfect time to consider the dire financial situation at the Cumberland Public Libraries. They are in the process of determining how to cut even more, specifically whether it is better to reduce open hours everywhere or close one location permanently. They face a $34,000 deficit after having received a total increase in funding from the Province of 1.3% for the last eight years. They’ve cut everything that can be before markedly reducing service to their community. Why do the people who live in Cumberland County deserve less intellectual freedom?

They don’t. They should have the same right to access quality public library service as anyone else in Nova Scotia. Readers might be imagining that the fault is somehow theirs but it is not. The Provincial government is responsible for this situation and has the power to fix it. Many Library Regions in the Province are not far behind including Eastern Counties Regional Library. Within the next 3 years locations will begin to close within Richmond, Guysborough and Inverness Counties.

Cumberland’s Library, is everyone’s Library. If you went to one of their branches you would be welcomed, as is everyone, regardless of where they live. Their funding problem is every Library’s funding problem and it will not be solved without readers speaking up. Do not be quiet about the Library.

Please celebrate “Freedom to Read” week by phoning your MLA, to tell them not to mess up the books - the Library funding problem must be fixed. Everyone’s got the right to read freely.


Richmond County:

Honourable Michel P. Samson

Richmond Industrial Mall 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 57

Louisdale, Nova Scotia

B0E 1V0


Phone: (902) 345-0778

Fax: (902) 345-0779


Guysborough County:

Honourable Lloyd Hines

Chedabucto Center

9996 Highway 16

Unit P-1

PO Box 259

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

B0H 1N0


Phone: (902) 533-2280

Fax: (902) 533-3039


Inverness County:

Allan MacMaster

15759 Central Avenue

Inverness, Nova Scotia

B0E 1N0


Phone: (902) 258-2216

Fax: (902) 258-3231



Thank You For Helping Us Share Books!

Staff at Eastern Counties Regional Library would like to thank all of our readers for helping us raise $5,909.05 in this year's annual Share-A-Book campaign. Your support and caring helps us to ensure everyone can read. 

Share A Book - Our Annual Fundraising Campaign Launches!

Books matter. They make a difference for a child learning to read, a senior on a fixed income, a busy mom on a budget and to so many others in your community. We’re asking you to donate to our annual Share A Book campaign so the public library can buy books. Our wonderful 2016 community sponsors, Mulgrave Machine Works, Galloping Cows, Remax Park Place Inc. and the Richmond County Literacy Network have kicked off this year's fundraising campaign with their generous donations. Please visit your local Library to give so that everyone can read. Or you can mail in your donation using our donor card. Tax receipts can be given for all donations $10 or more. Thank you.   

Share A Book


Thank you to our amazing sponsors...

Richmond County Literacy Network 


The Book Forecast

Here are the latest orders for books that are on order but not published yet:

Adult Paperbacks Winter 2016

Adult Fiction Winter 2016

Adult Non-Fiction Winter 2016

Adult Audio Winter 2016

Large Print Winter 2016




Share A Book

Suggest a book others might enjoy on the ECRL Facebook page or suggest a book the Library should buy using our ILL Request Form. Sharing books is so much more than a fundraising campaign. 


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