Library Policies & Terms of Use


Your Library Card grants access to borrowing physical materials (e.g. books, dvds, recreation equipment) and access to digital resources such as eBooks & digital magazines.

Borrowing Physical Materials:

Books, DVD, audiobooks on CD & magazines are loaned for two weeks. Recreational equipment such as snowshoes and tennis rackets are loans for one week.

Library staff will tell you when your items are due back.

Each card holder over 14 years of age may borrow up to ten DVDs or Blu-Ray.

Each card holder may borrow no more than four magazines of the same title (e.g. 4 Macleans, 4 National Geographic, 4 People, etc.).


Renewals  of material owned by Cape Breton Regional Library can be made if the item has not been requested by another borrower.  Books up to 10 times and DVDs/Blu-ray Discs up to 3 times. Please phone or email your library branch to ask about Interlibrary Loan renewal.


Items may be returned to a any Cape Breton Regional Library branch or  bookmobile. Items may also be returned to university, community college, and all other public libraries throughout Nova Scotia.


There are no charges for overdue materials, in consideration of other users please renew or bring back materials on or before the due date.

Lost or Damaged Items

The borrower is responsible for the items borrowed on their card. In case of loss or damage a charge for replacement or repair is made.

Lost Library Cards

If the library card has been lost it should be reported to the library as soon as possible. A replacement card may be secured at a charge of one dollar ($1.00).

Payment Options

Payments for lost items, or replacement library cards can be made by cash or cheque in person at any Cape Breton Regional Library branch or bookmobile. Payment by debit or credit card is not available at this time.

Online access to your library account

You can see a list of your current loans, renew items and place items on hold by logging-in to your library account online.  By default the PIN is the last four digits of your phone number.

Youth membership policies are the same as those outlined above for adults with the following exceptions:


Parental permission must given for any child under 14 who wishes to register for a library card.


Parent/guardians are responsible for monitoring what is borrowed on their child's card.  DVDs, Blu-Rays and Recreation Equipment may not be borrowed on a youth library card.

Lost or Damaged Books

The parent or guardian signing the child’s registration is responsible for the books borrowed. In case of loss or damages a charge for replacement or repairs is made.

Cape Breton Regional Library Child Safety Policy

  • Parents or other legal guardians are responsible for the behaviour and safety of their children using library branches.
  • Children age ten and under must be accompanied at all times by a parents or other responsible caregiver.
  • If Library Staff notice and feel that the safety of any unaccompanied child is in doubt, the staff will attempt to contact the parents or legal guardians. If this is not successful, staff will notify police or a community agency responsible for the care and well-being of children.

Cape Breton Regional Library welcomes you. To maintain a safe and comfortable environment for all library users, the following activities and/or behaviors are not permitted in the library:

    • Disruptive, abusive, insulting, harassing or threatening comments or actions
    • Intoxication from consumption of alcohol or drugs
    • Consumption of food or beverages, except in designated areas or by special permission
    • Sleeping
    • Inappropriate attire (footwear and shirts must be worn)
    • Bringing animals into the Library, unless it is to assist persons with a disability or in authorized programs
    • Soliciting for charities, or for items on sale or for political causes (e.g. petitions)
    • Panhandling
    • Use of personal electronic devices (smart phone, tablet, music player etc.) which are played at disruptive volume level or used in a manner which violates the privacy of library patrons or staff members
    • Use of the library for any personal reasons which do not constitute normal use of a public library facility (examples: using the restrooms to bathe or do laundry; using the library as a place to conduct business)
    • Loitering in the children’s area of the Library, unless accompanied by a child, waiting for a child who is attending a program, or searching for materials in the children’s collection
    • Persons shall not interfere with the use of the library by other patrons or interfere with library employee’s performance of duties
    • Leaving children unattended for prolonged periods of time or at closing, or failing to adequately supervise children or other individuals requiring care. (Children under the age of ten years must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.)
    • Use of sports equipment with the library (e.g. skateboards, roller-blades.)

When library staff observe behaviours and/or actions which they deem disruptive and/or dangerous, appropriate measures will be taken, up to and including requesting police intervention.

Computers are available at all branches of the Cape Breton Regional Library during regular library hours.  You will need a current Cape Breton Regional Library card in good standing, or a valid photo ID if you are a visitor.  We will hold your library card while you use the computer.

When reserving and using library computers:

  • Computers may be reserved up to two library open days in advance.
  • Computer time may be reserved for a maximum of 1 hour per day. If space is available, a second session in the same day is possible on a walk-in basis. Total usage is limited to two hours per day.
  • Latecomers forfeit the unused portion of their reserved time. If you are more than ten minutes late, you may lose your entire reserved time.
  • No more than two people at a computer at a time.
  • You may not use your own software programs on the library computers.

Users agree to:

  •  Use the Internet for educational, informational and recreational purposes only; not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.
  •  Not attempt to gain unauthorized access to files, passwords,  data or other computer system.
  •  Not damage or alter software components of any network or database.
  •  Not send, receive or display text or graphics that are in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Users understand and acknowledge that:

  • Food or drink is not permitted at public access computer workstations.
  • Library staff cannot provide more than basic assistance with using public access computers.
  • The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every user, however, this cannot be guaranteed.

Use of the Library’s public Internet is a privilege, not a right, offered to Library users.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the content found on the Internet or any costs, liability, damage, or charges incurred. The Library does not assume responsibility for any consequences of service interruptions.

Library computers are located in public buildings heavily used by children and adults.  Any user viewing content deemed inappropriate for public settings will be asked to remove said content. Non-compliance may result in suspension or revocation of Internet privileges.

Users are responsible for the safety, security and configuration of their own devices.

Users agree to use this connection in a responsible and ethical manner. This includes:

  1. Using the Internet for educational, informational and recreational purposes only; not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.
  2. Not attempting to modify or gain unauthorized access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system; or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
  3. Not sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that are in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada

Use of this public access site to the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Unacceptable use, as deemed by library staff, may result in revocation of the privilege.

The Cape Breton Regional Library website ( is owned and operated by the Cape Breton Regional Library. We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our user community. The intent of our privacy policy is to inform you, the user, about the information that we may collect about visitors to our site, how we use that information, and about our disclosure practices.

Site Usage Information

CBRL gathers site usage information from all visitors to its site. This data is used to help determine general usage patterns and to fine-tune layout in order to ensure that our site is as usable and enjoyable an experience as possible. Personal information will not be made public, given, or sold to any third parties.

Individual User Information

Individually identifiable information will not be released to third parties without that individual’s prior consent. Visitors are specifically asked for individually identifiable information when signing up for email newsletters. In surveys, users may be asked for personal interest and demographic information in order to create a more customized user experience; these fields will always be optional.

From time to time, CBRL may wish to inform individual users of community news or make promotional offers. These communications will be delivered only to users who have previously approved them.

Privacy Policies of Digital Resources

In order to access some of the library’s digital content, you are required to create service-specific personal accounts. The library also subscribes to some content services where creating an account is optional.

The library’s third-party services are governed by their own privacy policies and practices, not the library’s. We advise that you consult their Terms of Services and Privacy Policies (see links below) before agreeing to use these services. The library only provides these services with information that verifies that you are a valid

library account holder.

OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions


PressReader Privacy Policy, Terms of Use

These rules and regulations apply to all contests conducted by Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL), including those conducted online via CBRL’s website and/or social media channels.


Contests are open to all residents of Cape Breton and Victoria Counties, with the exception of current members of the CBRL Board and current employees of CBRL.

Only one entry per person is permitted for each contest unless otherwise stated. Duplicate entries will be removed from play.

Previous prize winners who have won a prize in the preceding sixty (60) day period prior to the commencement of another contest offered by CBRL are not eligible to enter or win the contest.


All personal information required to enter the contest, such as name and contact information, is collected by CBRL solely for the purpose of administering the contest and shall not be used for any other means. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes. For more information, refer to CBRL’s privacy policy.

By participating in a contest, entrants permit Cape Breton Regional Library to publicize his or her name, entry, photograph, and/or likeness on the library’s website and/or social media platforms if they are selected as a winner.

If the selected winner is under the age of 18, a waiver must be completed by the parent or guardian for the winner to be eligible to accept the prize and to publicize the winner’s name, entry, photograph, and/or likeness on the library’s website and/or social media platforms.

Photos and publicity releases may be featured on CBRL’s website and/or social media platforms and may be used by CBRL for any future promotional and publicity purposes without further compensation.

Selection and Notification

Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received prior to the specified contest closing date unless otherwise stated. The odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received. Winners will be notified within three (3) days of selection by the form/method of contact they provided when they initially entered the contest (e.g. the social media platform or contact method through which they entered the contest, including Facebook post, Instagram post, Twitter, and/or email.)

If a winner does not respond to such notification within five (5) business days and/or does not meet the stated eligibility requirements, such winner will be disqualified. CBRL reserves the right to randomly select an alternate winner from the remaining eligible entries received for the applicable promotion.

Claiming Prizes

It is the responsibility of the winner to make arrangements to pick up their prize or prize voucher from a CBRL branch or service point (e.g. bookmobile or library outreach vehicle) within sixty (60) days of winning. If the winner has not picked up their prize within sixty (60) days, they forfeit their winnings.

All prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and have no cash value.

Proper identification is required prior to receiving prize (valid driver’s license, passport, or other photo ID).

The decision CBRL makes, with respect to any dispute or issue involving the contest rules, is final and binding for all entrants.

Contests are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

All contest rules and regulations are subject to change without prior notice.