CBRL is proud to offer a wide selection of services to help you get the most out of your library card.

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Library Services FAQ

Library cards are free.   CBRM and Victoria County residents can apply for a library card online.

You can also get a card at any of our library branches.

You can check your account by clicking on My Account. You will need your library card number and PIN to sign-in. By default the PIN is the last four digits of your phone number.

The Library is no longer charging overdue fines for late books. However, if items are long overdue and not returned a replacement cost will be charged to your library account. If you have more than $30 owing on your library account, you will not be able to borrow books or use other library services.


If you have temporarily misplaced your card and want access to our Digital Library, email

To replace a lost card visit your local library branch.  There is a $1 replacement fee for lost cards.

Yes.   You can log in to your account online and place a hold on a book from any CBRL branch or the Bookmobile.  You can also phone your local library branch to request books.

If you cannot find the book in our catalogue we may be able to order through Interlibrary loan.

If you’d like to enjoy your materials for longer, you can renew materials online as long as they have not been requested by others. You can renew books using your online library account, or you can call in to your local branch to connect with a staff member for assistance.

Upcoming programs and events for all ages are listed on our Events page.

Some branches have ongoing programs such as book clubs, knitting groups or chess clubs.  For more information on these programs please contact your local library branch.

Library staff can offer basic assistance with common computer tasks such as printing and scanning.

Some library branches offer more in-depth training by appointment.    Please phone your local library for more information.

If you have questions about using ebooks or other online Digital Library services, please view the tutorials on our Digital Library page or contact your local library branch for assistance.

Cape Breton Regional Library is accepting limited donations of gently used books for our Book Sale Collection.  In order to have the adequate space for quarantining items before they are made available for purchase, please consider small donations of recent best-sellers, paperbacks, and DVDs. The library is also interested in books which may have historical value especially books pertaining to local history.

Please note that we do not accept textbooks, encyclopaedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, VHS or cassette tapes, or any item that is in poor condition or damaged.

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Adults and Seniors