Cape Breton Regional Library

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Florence & Louisbourg Branches Closed for vacation

Florence & Louisbourg branches are closed Aug 11-15 for vacation.


Bookmobile update

Due to unforeseen maintenance required on the Cape Breton Regional Library Bookmobile, routes for August 11-14 have been cancelled.


Cape Breton Regional Library FAQ

Q: Am I required to wear a mask in the Cape Breton Regional Libraries? 
A: Yes, as per the Nova Scotia Provincial announcement, patrons are required to wear a non-medical mask during their visit to the library from July 31st.
A:What if I forget my mask, or can’t afford to buy or make one?
Q:¬†¬†Although we encourage patrons to bring their own mask, we realize that this isn’t always possible. If you don’t have a mask, you can ask for one at the circulation desk. The Nova Scotia Government has provided free reusable masks through library and museum locations around the province.
Q: What if I can’t wear a mask? Will I be allowed to visit the library?
A: Yes. We understand that in some cases,  individuals are unable able to wear a mask. If this is the case, simply notify a member of staff. This will not prevent you from being able to visit the library.
The following persons are exempted from wearing a face mask and will not be required to provide proof of such exemption:

  • Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask.


  • Children under two years of age


  • A¬†child at least 2 years in age but under the age of 4 years who refuses to wear a¬†face mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.

If you’re unable to wear a mask and feel vulnerable in public indoor spaces, please be aware that our libraries still offer¬†“Library Take Out”¬†services. To access this service, please¬†phone¬†your local library branch.
Q: Do I still need to physically distance if I am wearing a face mask?
A: Yes, you are still required to physically distance as much as possible when wearing a mask as part of the package of personal protective measures. Masks are not a substitute for physically distancing.
Q:Can I wear a face shield instead of a non-medical mask?
A: No, for the purpose of this new public health directive, a face shield cannot be worn instead of a non-medical mask.
Q:How do I wear a non-medical mask?
A: Please consult Health Canada: How to properly wear a mask
Q: How will this be enforced? What if another patron is not wearing a mask?
A: CBRL will follow the Province’s example of taking a cooperative and positive approach to mandatory masking rather than an enforcement approach. We have confidence that the vast majority of our patrons will wear a mask, if at all possible.
Thank you for helping us in complying with the Government of Nova Scotia’s mask guidelines. For more information on the mandatory mask requirements visit:
As always, remember to:
Stay home if you feel unwell.
Wash or sanitize your hands often, use proper cough and sneeze etiquette.
Physically distance as much as possible.
Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eye.
Limit the number of people you get together with.
Clean high-touch surfaces and objects frequently.
Q: Are Library Branches open?
A: Yes! Library Branches are now open to the public.  The CBRL bookmobile has also resumed service. Some branches are closed for vacations, check the branch locations page for details.
Q: Is there a children’s Summer Reading Club this year and how can I sign up?¬†
A: You can register for and track Summer Reading Club progress online this year.  There are programs for adults, children and teens!
Q: What will service in the library look like?
A: Here’s what to expect when you visit one of CBRL’s branches: 


Summer Reading Clubs 2020

A note to Summer Readers: Summer is a season made for reading!
Children, Teens and Adults will be able to sign-up for Summer Reading programs on-line at from June 20 ‚Äď August 20.
Book Prize Draws every Friday in July & Grand Prize Draws happening the last week in August.
Not on-line this summer? Not a problem! You can still join the summer reading program and read, read, read! Just update your friendly-Library staff on your reading minutes and summer activities (either by phone or paper log sheet so they can enter you into prize draws (find log sheets on-line (starting June 20, or make your own).
Happy Reading!
Children’s SRC Reading Log (minutes)
Children’s SRC Activity Log

Reading Log Teen SRC (books)

Reading Log SRC for Adults (books)


Click here to sign-up for a Library Card


Introducing PressReader

Cape Breton Regional Library is proud to offer access to PressReader  Рnews & magazines accessible anywhere , anytime with your library card!
With over 7,000 publications from over 100 countries in 60+ languages, PressReader is the leading digital newspaper and magazine provider for premium content. As a Cape Breton Regional Library patron, you will have on and off-site access courtesy of your local library. Explore titles such as Cape Breton Post, The Chronicle Herald, The National Post, The Guardian, Washington Post, Forbes, and much more from all over the world.
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Are you looking for your next great read?

With Novel Navigation Library staff can send you personalized reading recommendations  delivered straight to your email inbox! While the Library is closed due to COVID-19, staff will focus on recommending freely available ebooks, e-audiobooks and other online information sources.
It‚Äôs simple: tell us what you like to read or listen to and a Library staff member will respond with some great picks chosen just for you.¬† We have reading advisors specializing in every many different genres including Historical Fiction, Biographies, Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science, Gardening, Children’s Books and more! We can even help you find quality information sources online for research projects.
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