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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Books in poor condition (including: musty, smoky, torn bindings, yellowed pages, underlined, etc.)
Magazines more than 3 months old
Encyclopedias & other multi-volume sets
Hours of Operation:
As Covid-19 conditions continue, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has adjusted branch library open hours. The new hours are similar to pre-pandemic times and are listed below, by library location. They will be in effect until the pandemic ends.