Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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Your Library & COVID-19 Current Open Hours & Procedures

In order to provide the best service and safest environment for both our patrons and our staff, we've had to make some changes to our Library locations and procedures.

Last Updated: April 28th, 2021

Current Procedures For the health & safety of our patrons & staff

Entering your branch Library

  • All Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library locations are temporarily closed to public in-person visits, by order of NS Public Health.
  • All currently available services are virtual or contactless only.


Health & Safety

  • All items & materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours when they are returned to the Library.
  • High-touch surfaces, such as outside pick-up tables and bookdrops, are frequently sanitized.
  • Library staff are washing hands frequently and wearing masks while working.


Outside Pickup

  • Patrons can put items on hold online, or call or email branch staff.
  • Holds will be available for pickup outside each branch location. Patrons can call ahead to make an appointment for pickup, or call/ring the doorbell upon arrival (branch phone numbers will be displayed outside).
  • Patrons may request specific titles, or materials of a certain type (e.g. Westerns, large print, new fiction, etc.). Staff will then retrieve requested materials, checkout, and bring them outside the branch for contactless pickup.
  • Maintain physical distancing if any other patrons or library staff are present in pickup or drop-off locations.
  • We encourage patrons to wear masks when picking up & returning materials.


Public Computers

  • Access to public computers is temporarily unavailable.
  • Free WiFi access is available outside all Library locations.
  • iPads will be available for patrons to borrow and use, only within the vicinity of the Library's WiFi.


Returning Materials

  • Borrowed materials (books, DVDs, etc.) may only be returned to our book drops, located outside all of our branch locations.
  • To return larger items, such as snowshoes or telescopes, please contact your Library to arrange contactless drop-off.


Payments for late returns, lost items, etc.

  • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is now Fine Free, as part of the One Library Card Project. All fines for overdue materials have been eliminated.
  • All current amounts due for lost items, fines, etc. have been forgiven.
  • Photocopying/printing/scanning services are still available. Call or email your local Library branch staff for more information. Paper copies/prints will be provided, contactless, through out outside pickup option. Fees for printing/photocopying have been temporarily removed-- there is currently no charge for this service.


Borrow By Mail


Online/Virtual Services

Our digital collections & Virtual Library Services are always available to Library users-- visit your Library from home!


Donations of Books & Materials

  • We are now accepting limited donations, with updated guidelines. Due to COVID-19 procedures for handling library materials, we are unable to handle large volumes of donations at this time.
  • New Donation Guidelines:
    • All donations must be placed individually in the book drop at any of our library branch locations
    • We will not accept boxes or bags of donations at this time
    • Please limit donations to 20 items or less at any one time
  • Preferred Donations:
    • Bestsellers
    • Hardcover books less than 5 years old
    • Paperbacks less than 3 years old
    • New magazines less than 3 months old
    • Books about Antigonish & Pictou Counties, Nova Scotia
  • Not Suitable:
    • Books in poor condition (including: musty, smoky, torn bindings, yellowed pages, underlined, etc.)
    • Out-of-date content
    • Magazines more than 3 months old
    • Encyclopedias & other multi-volume sets
    • University textbooks