Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) is one of 9 regional libraries that provide public library services in Nova Scotia. PARL has 7 local library branches, 2 rural access sites, and 24-7 Virtual Library services through our website.

Library materials are a wide variety books, downloadable e-books & audio books, Large print, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, online research databases, animated children's e-storybooks, programs and special events, workshops, seminars, and more.

All library branches are C@P sites and have 24-7 Wireless Hotspot access. In addition, we have public computer terminals with Internet ccess, software programs, laser printers, photocopiers, document scanners, and more. Several branches also have FAX machines, and laminators. A small fee is charged for printing & FAX services.

Over 150,000 books to choose from!

  • Fiction & non-fiction books for all ages and interests!
  • Downloadable e-books & audio books
  • Large print books
  • Over 232 titles of general & special interest magazines
  • Newspapers - daily, local, provincial and national
  • DVD's & Videos - a wide variety of feature films, documentaries and instructional videos for all ages, and interests!
  • Audio books for language instruction
  • Picture books & animated e-storybooks for children
  • Children's kits - book packs with cassette tapes & CDs forlearning readers
  • Special collections of genealogy and local history information
  • literacy materials for adults & children
  • selected diverse language materials
  • historical newspapers on microfilm
  • Daisy readers for persons with visual challenges
  • Reference collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and almanacs, & more!

Our staff are trained to help you choose and locate the information you seek, assist with research and advise on what to read next!

Interlibrary loans - we can locate and borrow books from other libraries.

BARA (Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere)! Your PARL card entitles you to apply for borrowing privileges at any participating public, academic and government library in Nova Scotia!

Our Locations

283 Main Street, Antigonish
P: (902) 863-4276
Hours of operation:
Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tues-Fri 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm

Books By Mail is a free mail-order library for rural residents of Pictou & Antigonish counties.

182 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow
P: (902) 752-8233
Hours of operation:
Tues - Fri 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun (Sept - May) 2:00pm - 5:00pm

40 Water Street (Second Floor), Pictou
P: (902) 485-5021
Hours of operation:
Tues 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri & Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm

2725 West Branch Rd, River John
P: (902) 351-2599
Hours of operation:
Tues & Thur 2:00pm - 5:00pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed & Fri 10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm

248 Foord Street, Stellarton
P: (902) 755-1638
Hours of operation:
Tues 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed & Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm

1 Forge Street, Trenton
P: (902) 752-5181
Hours of operation:
Tues & Thurs 2:00pm - 5:00pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed & Fri 9:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm

Queen Street, Westville
P: (902) 396-5022
Hours of operation:
Tues 10:00am - 8:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs 2:00 - 8:00pm
Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm

182 Dalhousie St. (Second Floor), New Glasgow
P: (902) 755-6031
Toll Free: 866-779-7761
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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