Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Using the Library
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Using the Library

Drop in to any of our branch libraries and ask our friendly staff to register you for a free library card. You can also register online and your card will be mailed to you. Your card is valid for 3 years, at which time your membership can be renewed by contacting or visiting your local library.

A parent or guardian must sign for children under age 14.

Your "PIN" or, Personal Identification Number, is a 4 digit number of your choice. The PIN increases the security of your library card.

If you would like to change your PIN number you can login to Your Account and change it.

You can borrow up to 50 books or items at a time on your card.

The loan period for most library items is 3 weeks. Videos and DVD's have a 1 week loan period. Other specialized materials may have other loan periods - ask staff.

In person at your branch, by phone, email or online. To place a hold on an item from the online catalogue - from the item details screen, click on the "Place Hold" link. This link can be found on the left side of the screen, just above the "Find more by this author" link, and below the book cover image, if one is available. Follow the on-screen instructions, entering your library card number, PIN, and selecting a pick-up location. Click on the "Place Hold" button.

Yes. You may return and renew items at any of our branches.

Library materials may be renewed online by logging in to the "My Account" page, in person at any of our locations, or over the phone. Library materials can be renewed two times. Items that have holds placed on them by other patrons cannot be renewed.

If you do not renew your material on time - the overdue item may generate fines. Please contact library staff for more information.

Yes, library materials can be renewed online using the "My Account" link on the website or on the library's catalog. To renew items online, you will need your library card number and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number). To access My Account, click on the "My Account" link on the library's homepage or the "My Account" link on the Catalog screen.

Yes. Call your branch library to renew over the phone.

Library materials can be renewed two times. Items that have holds placed on them by other customers cannot be renewed.

Library fines can be paid at the branch by cash or checque.

To check your account online, from the homepage click on the "My Account" link, or the "My Account" link on the Catalogue screen. You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN.

If you change your address, please contact the library in person or by phone your local branch.

If you have lost or damaged library materials, you will need to pay for the cost of the item as well as any overdue fines associated with the item.

Please call toll free 1-866-779-7761 to report a lost or stolen card. You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card, so please make your report as soon as possible. There is a cost of $1 to replace a lost card.

For information on library hours, visit the Library Locations to find your nearest branch.

Search our Library Locations to find the location nearest you.

All locations with the exception of Trenton and Monastery have book drops available for the return of borrowed materials. All book drops are open 24 hours a day.

You can reserve a meeting room by calling the Library Branch.

Yes. A library card is required to use the library’s computers.The user is responsible for abiding by the Public Access to the Internet Agreement. Patrons can book a computer for 1 hour one session per day. Express terminals are also available for short term use - (15 minutes).

Photocopiers are provided at all locations. Costs are .20 cents per page for black and white, (10 cents for 10 or more of 1 page) and $1.00 per page for color.

The library's Ask a Librarian service allows you to ask questions online at any time. From the homepage, click on the Ask a Librarian link on the left side, or from the "Reference & Research" page click on the Ask a Librarian link on the right side.

Our Outreach Services provides many alternatives for people who cannot visit the library.

  • Senior's Delivery Service is available for seniors living at assisted care facilities, senior community complexes, or who are homebound. These books are delivered monthly by PARL volunteers. For more information on this service, please call 1(866) 779-7761.
  • Books by Mail is a free mail-order library for rural residents of Pictou-Antigonish Counties. Library patrons may select materials, such as books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, and videos from the library’s online catalogue. To learn more about the program and whether you are eligible, please call 1(866) 799-7761.

Books by Mail is a free mail-order library for rural residents of Pictou-Antigonish Counties. Library patrons may select materials, such as books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, and videos from the library’s online catalogue.

  • To learn more about the program and whether you are eligible, please contact:
    Pictou County Outreach Coordinator Toll free number: 1(866) 779-7761
  • Antigonish County Outreach Coordinator (902) 863-2486

You can register for a free library card from any public, community college or university library in Nova Scotia. Materials borrowed from any of these libraries can be returned to any participating library. For more information see Borrowing Anywhere, Return Anywhere.

The library answers hundreds of questions each day. For immediate assistance, please contact the library. You may also submit a question online via our Ask a Librarian service. We will make every attempt to answer your question as quickly as possible.

Access to our online magazine and journal databases may be found by going to the Online Services subject area on the left side navigation on the website. You will find many article databases including Canadian Periodicals, Chilton Auto Repair Manuals, Cochrane Health Library, Contemporary Authors, Gardening Magazines, and the Health and Wellness database.

The Library website contains many online tools to help you in your research. We subscribe to many specialized databases not accessible on Google. You have free access to these resources in the library, as well as from home, school, or office by simply entering your library card number. Browse or search for relevant topics. Also at our "Quality Information Links" you'll find access to librarian-selected websites and other helpful resources.

To find books and materials on a topic, choose the library catalog and search by subject or keyword.

If you need help searching a database or the online catalogue call or drop in to your nearest branch.

Several of the PARL branches offer free story programs for children. These programs include stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and activities. The following programs vary by branch, please contact your local branch for details.

  • ABC for Babies - for babies from birth to 18 months.
    ◦Tuesdays - NewGlasgow 10:15am, Antigonish 9:30am
    ◦Wednesdays - Westville 10am, Stellarton 10:15am
    ◦Thursdays - Pictou-10am
  • Toddle Time- for children from 18 months to 3 years.
    ◦Tuesdays - Pictou 10:30 am
    ◦Wednesdays - NewGlasgow 10:15am
    ◦Fridays - Westville 10am, Stellarton 10:45am
    ◦Saturdays - Pictou10:30am
  • Preschool Story Hour- for children aged 3 to 5 years.
    ◦Mondays - Antigonish –10:00am
    ◦Wednesdays - Pictou10am
  • StoryTimes Wednesdays - River John 9:30am, NewGlasgow 1:30pm
    ◦Thursdays - Stellarton 1:15pm
    ◦StoryTimes - Thursdays - New Glasgow 10:15am, Westville 1:15pm

We offer free one-on-one training and assistance at branch libraries and in several community sites through the CAP program.

Several of our branches offer Preschool Storyhour and Storytime programs.

  • Preschool Story Hour- for children aged 3 to 5 years.
    ◦Mondays - Antigonish –10:00am
    ◦Wednesdays - Pictou10am
  • StoryTimes
    ◦ Wednesdays - River John 9:30am, NewGlasgow 1:30pm
    ◦Thursdays Stellarton 1:15pm, New Glasgow 10:15am, Westville 1:15pm
There is also a variety of changing special programs, which can be accessed by checking the Upcoming Events area of the library's website. Call 1-866-779-7761 for times and further information.

The library's Events Calendar lets you search for events of all types, such as storytimes, author visits and more.

PARL encourages the public to show their support for their local library by forming a Friends of the Library group. Currently we have 2 Friends of the Library groups - Antigonish Friends of the Library and River John Friends of the Library. Should you be interested in Friends of the Library please contact the Chief Librarian at 1-866-779-7761.