Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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Services for Adults Membership does have have privileges!

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has 7 library branches where books and materials may be borrowed for free by library card holders. You may borrow books from all of the Nova Scotia regional libraries whey you register for a PARL card, through Interlibrary loans or the Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere program of Libraries Nova Scotia.

Library cards

Getting a library card is very simple, and the best part is that it is FREE. Library cards are available at all library branches, or you can register for one online.

Online Services

With your FREE PARL library card, you can access our online resources 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Search our online catalogue to find the book or movie of your choice, check out our magazine database, find health information, business information, gardening information or help with your automobile repair through our online Chilton Auto Repair database. We have a growing collection of digitzed local history information available at NovaStory.ca. As well in our New Glasgow branch, in association with the Pictou County Roots Society, we hold several archives while free access to Ancestry.ca is available in all our library branches. During regular library hours, a librarian-archivist may be available to assist you with your historical research needs, or provide helpful advice.

Wireless Hotspots, public access computers & other gadgets

At all our library branches we have wireless access. In addition all our branches have computer workstations that may be reserved for patron use.
We also have printers, 3D printers, photocopiers, FAX machines, scanners and other items available for use.

Training

Have a gadget you are having trouble learning how to use properly? Contact your nearest CAP site/library and they will arrange a one on one training session to help you.

Books, eBooks, audioBooks, large print books, magazines...

  • Over 150,000 books to choose from! Fiction & non-fiction books for all interests!
  • Downloadable e-books & audio books
  • Large print books
  • Over 232 titles of general & special interest magazines
  • Newspapers - daily, local, provincial and national
  • DVD's & Videos - a wide variety of feature films, documentaries and instructional videos for all ages, and interests!
  • Audio books for language instruction
  • Special collections of genealogy and local history information
  • literacy materials
  • selected foreign language materials
  • historical newspapers on microfilm
  • Daisy readers for persons with visual challenges
  • Reference collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and almanacs, & more!

Book Discussion Clubs for adults meet monthly from Sept - May...

Wednesday Night Book Club - Antigonish Town & County Library

The Wednesday Night Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 7:00pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library at 902-863-4276.

Wednesday Night Book Club - Antigonish Town & County Library

The Wednesday Night Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7:30pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library at 902-863-4276.

Tuesday Book Club - Antigonish Town & County Library

Tuesday Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 10:00am. For more information or registration please contact the library at 902-863-4276.

Tuesday Night Book Club - New Glasgow Public Library

The Tuesday Night Book Club @ the Library, meets monthly on evening of the 3rd Tuesday of the month @7:00pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library 902-752-8233.

Thursday Night Book Club - New Glasgow Public Library

Thursday Night's Book Club will meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm. For registration or more information, please contact the New Glasgow Library at 902-752-8233.

Thursday Night Book Club - Pictou Public Library

The Thursday Night book club meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. For more information and to register please call the library 902-485-5021.

Tuesday Night Book club - Pictou Public Library

The Tuesday night Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. For more information and to register please call the library 902-485-5021.

Book Club - River John Public Library

The Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month @ 6:15pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library 902-351-2599.

Book Club - Stellarton Public Library

The Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6:30pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library 902-755-1638.

Book Club - Trenton Public Library

The Book Club @ the library meets monthly on the 2nd Wedsneday of the month @ 2:00pm. For more information and to register (as space is limited!), please call the library 902-752-5181.

Thursday Night Book Club - Westville Public Library

Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month 6:30pm. For more information please call the library at 902-396-5022.

Library Programs & Events

Interesting programs on just about everything under the sun! The Library hosts many evening and sometimes afternoon workshops and presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to our community. If you have an idea, a request or a program to offer, please contact the Programming Department at Regional Library Headquarters (902 755-6031 or toll-free 1-866-779-7761).
Details about upcoming programs are also available online in the PARLevents calendar that is updated daily, and follow us on Twitter, PARL Facebook or The Peoples' Place Facebook too!

Seniors' Cafes

Once per month the library hosts a Seniors' Cafe at several branches with activities and seminar topics of interest - with light refreshments served as well. These are 'drop-in as you wish' sessions. The Seniors' Cafes occur from September - June at most participating branches. Sometimes the scheduled date may change by a week, depending upon the various holidays.
Knitting Circles
Several of our branches have knitting groups that meet for fun, instruction and conversation. Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to master knitters.

Details are available online in the PARLevents calendar.

Library meeting rooms are available for non-profit community groups and organizations. More information.

Books By Mail

A free mail-order library service for our rural residents of Pictou and Antigonish Counties. Library members may select materials such as books, magazines and videos from the library's online catalogue and they can be delivered right to your mailbox.

Senior's Delivery Service

This service is available to seniors living at assisted care facilities, senior community complexes, or who are homebound. Library materials are delivered monthly upon request. Several of the local residential care homes (Seniors Homes) do receive monthly book deposits from the library. For individual deliveries, the library can arrange to have a bag of selected books ready for a family member or a friend to pick-up, or sometimes a volunteer may be able to make the home delivery. for more information about this service, please call toll free 1-866-779-7761.