Residents: Membership is FREE to every
resident of Nova Scotia
Visitors who wish to take advantage of our other services, such as book
borrowing, may apply for a temporary card. A $5.00 deposit is required for
non-Nova Scotian visitors. We will refund this deposit to you when your
temporary card is returned to the library. There is no charge for residents of
Nova Scotia visiting our area. This temporary card allows you to borrow books
and magazines, as well as use the public access terminals for computer services.
When borrowers register at their nearest library branch or Bookmobile they will
be mailed a library card which may be used at any branch and on either of the two
Bookmobiles. Two pieces of valid identification will be required. Residents of
Nova Scotia can also register online.
The library card MUST be presented in order to borrow books or magazines.
Any number of items may be borrowed at one time. The date by which the item
must be returned is stamped on the date due slip at the back. The library does
reserve the right to limit the number of items borrowed from a single subject
area and places a limit of four magazines per magazine title. ( i.e. 4 Macleans,
4 National Geographic, 4 People Magazines etc.). DVD’s and videos are available
to patrons ages 14 and up (those between 14 - 18 require parental consent) and
digital downloadable audio & e-books are available for borrowing through the
Renewals can be made if the item has not been requested by another borrower.
Providing there are no holds on an item, residents of Cape Breton and Victoria
Counties can renew books up to 10 times and DVD’s/videos up to 3 times. Visitors
can renew DVD’s twice, and Books 3 times. Digital books cannot be renewed, but
can be returned and checked out again if available.
Items may be returned to a branch or to a bookmobile other than the one from
which they were borrowed if they are returned on or before the due date. Items
may also be returned to university, community college, and all other Public
Libraries throughout Nova Scotia.
A fine of .15 cents per item per library day is charged on overdue books,
magazines and audio books, to a maximum of $3.00 per item. A fine of $1.00 per
video/DVD per library day is charged on overdue videos/DVD’s to a maximum of $5
per title. There are no fines for digital books, because they automatically
expire and return to the collection on their due date.
Lost or Damaged Books
The borrower is responsible for the books borrowed on his 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. If the card is not located by the end of one week, a
replacement card may be secured at a charge of one dollar. ($1.00)
Membership is FREE to all boys and girls in the Municipalities of the Counties of Cape
Breton and Victoria.
A registration card for boys and girls up to the age of 14 must be signed by a parent
or guardian. A library card will be then given to the girl or boy, in their name, which
MUST be presented in order to borrow books.
Books, magazines and audio books may be borrowed for a period of TWO weeks.
The date by which the item must be returned is stamped on the date due slip at
the back of the item. The number of books which may be taken varies dependent
upon the season of the year and the stock available. Children may borrow from
the adult collection as well as the children's collection. The Library Board
requests that parents wishing to monitor their children's reading materials do
so on an individual basis.
Books may be renewed for a further period of two weeks.
No fines are charged for overdue juvenile books. However, overdue books from
the adult collection are subject to fines of 15 cents a day up to a maximum of
$3.00 per book.
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.
Lost Library Cards
If a child's library card is lost, it must be reported lost by a
parent/guardian. If the card is not located within a week, a replacement may be
obtained at a charge of 50 cents.