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Campus and Public Libraries  

Libraries are a valuable resource for international students and newcomers to the province looking for services they may not otherwise have easy access to, along with thousands of titles in books, magazines, and other media. 

International students will have access to two types of libraries while studying in Nova Scotia: campus libraries and public libraries.  

Campus Libraries 

First, as a post-secondary student, you will have access to your campus library, which will contain many academic resources you can use to assist with your coursework.


Nova Scotia Public Libraries 

International students also have access to any of the free public library services in Nova Scotia. Public libraries are divided into nine different regional library groups, each with a number of branches within them. 

Library Cards  

  • Your library card allows you to use all public library services, including public access computers. Library cards are free If you are a resident of Nova Scotia, and you can utilize the card as soon as you receive it. 
  • Use your library card to check out books, library materials, magazines, DVDs, and more. Your card also gives you access to renew your checked-out material online and use online databases. 
  • Apply for your library card online on any of the websites for the regional libraries above. Note: you can use the same library card for any regional library outside Halifax. Halifax Public Libraries uses a separate card for borrowing.  

Public Library Services  

There are a number of services provided by public libraries in Nova Scotia other than book lending. Here are some services offered at various regional libraries and branches if you have a library card.   

Note: Not all branches have the listed services. It is recommended you review the website for the regional library to see if it is available at your nearest location.  

  • Accessible Services

    Libraries can provide reading materials in physical and digital formats to users with print disabilities.

  • Book Club in a Bag

    A service for book clubs wanting the convenience of a pre-packaged bag complete with eight book copies, a discussion guide, suggested questions and a sign-out sheet for the group leader.

  • Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere

    You can borrow library materials from any public library, bookmobile, community college, or university library in Nova Scotia. Materials can then be returned to any of these participating libraries.

  • Borrow by Mail

    A free library outreach service provided for Annapolis Valley residents living further than 10 kilometres from a library branch or physically unable to visit a branch. 

  • Community Integration

    Some libraries have programs and services for newcomers to the province to help them get settled and familiar with Nova Scotia, as well as help them socialize and integrate into the community. Halifax Public Libraries and Pictou-Antigonish Regional Libraries for newcomers hold regular events and information sessions.

  • Inter-Library Loans

    Items borrowed from other library systems on your behalf.

  • Labs

    Labs with specialized equipment may be available at your branch. Some labs have crafting equipment, such as 3D Printers, Cricut Makers, Cricut Heat Presses, sergers, and sewing machines. Others may have media, photography, and video equipment, such as audio inputs, midi keyboards, condenser microphones, dynamic microphones, a digital drum kit, studio monitors, headphones, dynamic microphones, digital cameras, video cameras, tripods, umbrella lights, and green screens. Check your preferred location and what they provide. 

  • LinkedIn Learning Access

    An online learning platform with top-quality courses in creative, business, and technology topics taught by recognized industry experts.

  • Printing

    Colour and black/white (greyscale) printing are available in all locations. Scanning/photocopying, faxing, and 3D printing are available at select branches. Additional fees may apply for these services.

  • Public Access Computers

    These computers have Windows 7 operating systems and are available in all branch libraries. All are connected to the Internet. Common software applications include Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Libre Office, etc.

  • Technology Training

    A wide range of free technology services, with offerings changing as the technology changes. Training can consist of one-on-one scheduled appointments, usually tailored to specific needs and skills. Training is offered for mobile technologies such as iPads and Android operating systems.

  • Wireless Internet

    All library locations have free 24-hour-high-speed wireless available inside and adjacent to the building (where possible).