Rapid Test Kits Available

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Cape Breton Regional Library locations continue to partner with Nova Scotia Health as community distribution hubs for COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits.

Before you pick up your kit

Please help us ensure a safe experience for everyone.

  • Feeling sick or think you are at risk for COVID-19? If yes, please stay home and complete Nova Scotia Health’s self-assessment tool or call 811, and ask a family member or friend to pick up a test kit for you.
  • Wearing a mask when picking up your kit is recommended, but not required.
  • One kit per person, please, so that the supply can serve as many people in our community as possible.

Limited but regular supplies

Kits are regularly available at the following locations during regular hours of operation:

  • Ingonish
  • Baddeck
  • Sydney (Please use main library entrance on Falmouth St)
  • Main-a-Dieu
  • Louisbourg
  • North Sydney
  • New Waterford
  • Bookmobile
  • Glace Bay

There are multiple tests in each kit. Limit one kit person. Library staff will not take appointments or reserve kits for you. Please do not ask for these special accommodations.

A new supply will arrive regularly and each branch’s stock will fluctuate. When demand is high, we may post updates regarding supply on our social media platforms.


If you need instructions for your rapid test kit, you can print them from Nova Scotia Health website. Instructions are available in English and French, and there are videos instructions for each brand of kit. Look at your kit for the brand name, such as BTNX or BD Biosensor, and find the corresponding instructions on the list.

Other locations with rapid test kits

Rapid test kits are available at the following drop-in locations:

Those who are using the services of the following organizations will be offered rapid test kits:

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If this is your first visit to the library, be sure to ask staff about getting a library card. Library cards are free, and with your card you’ll get instant access to our Digital Library services, including e-Books, audiobooks, and streaming video.

Additional resources

COVID-19 testing: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting

Self-assessment tool: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)