Your Library & COVID-19 Current Open Hours & Procedures
Library is reopening to indoor, in-person visits on Friday, June 18, 2021.
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: June 17, 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!
All library locations are limiting the number of patrons permitted inside. When browsing materials & using our services, please be considerate of other patrons waiting to enter.
If a library reaches patron capacity, staff may ask you to wait outside.
Staff can provide many outdoor services, such as checking out books & materials, or providing an iPad for your use (more details below).
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 frequently sanitized.
Library staff are washing hands frequently and wearing masks while working.
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).
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
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.
Use of our public computers is now limited to 30 minutes.
This will help ensure that as many people have access to this technology as possible, while also allowing staff time to properly sanitize computer stations between uses.
Some of our computer workstations have been removed in order to allow a minimum 2 meters (6 feet) distance between patrons to be maintained.
Keyboards and mice will be disinfected between each use, as well as washed thoroughly at the end of each day.
Free WiFi access is available outside all Library locations.
iPads are available for patrons to borrow and use outdoors, only within the vicinity of the Library's WiFi.
Checkout of Materials
Lexan barriers have been installed at all of our circulation desks. Crowd barriers may also be in place in front of the desk, in order to maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters (6 feet) between patrons and staff behind the desk.
Staff will be able to scan your library card through the lexan barrier, or look up your account in our system via phone number.
When checking out, patrons are asked to place materials on the desk under the lexan barrier, one at a time, with the barcode visible for scanning.
Borrowed materials (books, DVDs, etc.) may only be returned to our book drops, located outside all of our branch locations. Staff cannot accept returns at the desk.
To return larger items, such as walking poles or telescopes, please contact your Library to arrange drop-off.
Payments for printing/photocopy, 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.
Previous amounts due for lost items, fines, etc. have been forgiven.
When paying cash for photocopy/printing services, lost items, donations, etc., please be aware that in order to reduce cash-handling, our staff cannot make change.
Cash will be accepted in marked donation jars/boxes kept at the desk; cash cannot be passed directly to staff.
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.