Your Library & COVID-19 Current Open Hours & Procedures
Phase 5 & Your Public Library - Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination:
Not Required for entry into public libraries, or to access general library services, such as browsing materials & computer use.
Required for Technology Training & in-person Library Programming (indoor & outdoor).
Need help printing your Proof of Vaccination record? Library staff can help! Drop by one of our branch locations-- please remember your Health Card & your email address to access your record!
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: November 3, 2021
Current Procedures For the health & safety of our patrons & staff
Entering your branch Library
Each of our branches is different, but we all have new procedures in place to keep us and our patrons safe.
A mask must be worn at all times while visiting the library.
Your mask must cover your nose and mouth.
A face shield is not considered an acceptable alternative to wearing a mask.
Many outdoor services, such as curbside pickup, are available as an alternative to entering library locations. Check with your local library branch for details!
Please be mindful of other patrons and staff, and be respectful of personal space.
If you have any questions or require assistance, just ask! Remember our staff are here to help.
Health & Safety
High-touch surfaces, such as outside pick-up tables and bookdrops, are regularly sanitized.
Library staff are washing hands frequently and wearing masks while working.
Hand sanitizer is available for patrons, and frequent use is highly encouraged.
Outside pickup of materials is available 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).
This service is offered for holds pickup, as well as for any patron who doesn't wish to browse inside our branches.
Patrons who do not wish to browse may request materials of a certain type (e.g. Westerns, large print, new fiction, etc.). Staff can then retrieve requested materials, checkout, and bring them outside the branch for pickup.
Patrons are encouraged to put items on hold online, or to call or email branch staff.
Patrons are highly encouraged to sanitize mice, keyboards, and desk area before using public computers. Alcohol wipes and/or sanitizer will be available near public computers, for public use.
Free WiFi access is available outside all Library locations.
iPads are available for patrons to borrow and use, indoors and outdoors, only within the vicinity of the Library's WiFi.
Patrons receiving technology training from library staff will be required to provide Proof of full COVID Vaccination. This applies to one-on-one and group training.
Proof of Vaccination is not required for general library services (borrowing materials, using computers), but it is required for all in-person programming.
Need to print your Vaccine Record?
We can help! Drop by any Library location and we will help you print and laminate your vaccine record (with QR code), free of charge. Please remember to bring your Health Card & email address with password (or phone number you used to make your vaccine appointment).
What is Proof of Full Vaccination?
Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccine includes your vaccine record and one piece of valid ID.
For more information, visit the Government of Nova Scotia's Proof of Vaccination site here:
Hours of Operation:
As Covid-19 conditions continue, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has adjusted branch library open hours. These hours are similar to pre-pandemic times and are listed below, by library location: