Closed for Natal Day

All locations and departments of Colchester-East Hants Public Library will be closed on Monday, August 7 in observance of the civic holiday.

Check out the location page for your local library to plan your next visit.

Library Accessibility Committee: Call for Volunteers

We are joining the Government of Nova Scotia and many organizations across the province to make our spaces inclusive and barrier-free. We are looking for individuals of varying abilities to form our Library Accessibility Committee. This committee helps shape our accessibility policies and practices. Together, we can make the library a place for everyone.

Do you identify as:

• Living with a disability

• Being neurodivergent

• Being d/Deaf

• Living with a mental health condition

Or do you work with people with disabilities?

Members will attend 4 online meetings per year for 2 years. This is a paid volunteer position.

If you have lived experience, professional experience, or advocacy experience that you feel would benefit the committee, please apply.

Apply now!
You can submit your application online or in person. The application form consists of questions about your interest in the committee and personal experiences that may inform your participation.

If you have any questions, please email Lisa at Please visit your local library if you require a printed application form or assistance completing the online application form. Our staff will be happy to help you.

The application deadline is August 31, 2023.

Holiday Closures for KANA’TA: Canada Day Weekend

All locations and departments of Colchester-East Hants Public Library will be closed on Saturday, July 1 in observance of the statutory holiday.

Regional Headquarters will also be closed on Monday, July 4.

Check out the location page for your local library to plan your next visit.

Summer Starts at CEHPL

TD Summer Reading Club – For kids ages 3-12

Summer Reading Club is CEHPL’s annual summer program for kids, designed to encourage children to keep reading and learning all summer long so that they don’t lose the skills they learned during the school year. Our program is filled with 8 weeks of fun, including our popular summer reading challenge, tons of events and guest performances, prizes, and more! This year’s program runs from June 24-August 19, and our theme is “Choose Your Own Adventure.”


READ! Read anything you like and do it often!
Mark off a shape for every 20 minutes you read. For every 400 minutes you read (up to 1200 minutes), get a prize and a ballot for our grand prize draw!

GET ACTIVE AND PLAY! Complete activities on your own or with family and friends. You get a grand prize ballot when you complete 5, then 10, activities!

CHECK IN WITH YOUR LIBRARY! Stop by to tell us what you’re reading, collect your prizes and ballots, and get more reading recommendations!


Family Adventure Bundle with passes for a stay at Super 8 Truro, Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre, Cineplex, the RECC, and more!

Nintendo Switch Lite with Pokémon Legends: Arceus
$100 Lego Gift Card


Kids shouldn’t have all the fun! Teen clubheads have the chance to win:

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Cooper’s Cabin Geek Basket ($40 value)


To register, visit your local branch on or after June 24.

Happy 1st Birthday, Same Page!

Same Page was launched one year ago when eight regional libraries across Nova Scotia joined together to break down interregional barriers and provide Nova Scotia residents with equitable access to library resources – all with one card.

One year ago your catalogue got bigger, better, and easier to use. With Same Page you can:

· Access over 1 million resources from the eight member libraries through a single catalogue.

· Request materials from any member library and have them delivered to your preferred library location, returning them to whichever library is most convenient.

· Access an extensive collection of digital materials and tools from any computer or mobile device with internet access, at any time.

Don’t have your Same Page Card yet?

If you already have a CEHPL Library card: visit any location, phone 902-895-4183, or email to switch to Same Page.

If you don’t have a Library card: visit any location, phone 902-895-4183, or Apply Online today.

Free Menstrual Products Available at all CEHPL Locations

All washrooms at Colchester-East Hants Public Library locations are now offering pads and tampons free to the public.

Funding for this initiative is part of the Provincial Government’s cost of living support to reduce the hardship lower income people experience around period poverty.

Period poverty describes the struggle many people (women, girls, transgender) face while trying to afford menstrual products. Difficulty affording menstrual products can cause people to stay home from school and work, with lasting consequences to their education and economic opportunities.

“We recognize that period poverty is a growing social issue impacting our community,” said Tiffany Bartlett, the library’s CEO. “We are proud to partner with the Province to support this movement for free menstrual products availability across the country.”

Free menstrual products provide access for everyone. People are encouraged to take one for themselves or someone they know.

Easter Holiday Hours

The Library is closed for the Easter holidays

All branches and departments of Colchester-East Hants Public Library will be closed for the Easter holiday on the following days:

  • Friday, April 7
  • Monday, April 10 

For up to date information on branch closures and updates follow us on Facebook or Instagram. The Library is closed on all statutory and civic holidays.

Read Local and International News with PressReader

In response to our 2022 Community Survey, you asked us for better, expanded access to newspapers and magazines. In direct response to this feedback, we are pleased to announce that CEHPL will be offering a new electronic resource: PressReader.

What is PressReader?

PressReader is a place for you to find, read about, and share what’s happening in the world. By accessing PressReader, you can discover the news that matters to you.

PressReader is a digital platform that provides unlimited access to over 7,000 newspaper and magazine publications from around the world, as soon as they are available on shelves. It includes access to local papers like the Chronicle Herald and other Saltwire weeklies, as well as The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Newsweek, Forbes, Vogue, and more!

How to: Access PressReader

Please note: When accessing from home, Press Reader requires you to enter your library card number and PIN every 30 days to continue access. You will not lose access or account preferences when this happens. Simply click the Sign In, and then select Library or Group, and search for Colchester-East Hants Public Library to log in with your library card number.

By direct link


Via our Digital Library

  1. Visit our homepage at
  2. Click on the Services tab on the homepage. 
  3. Select Digital Resources under E-Library.
  4. Click PressReader.

On your mobile device

Carry news in your pocket with the PressReader app. To begin, download the PressReader app from the Google Play store or the App Store.

Just like the website, the app allows you to search for a specific publication, or you can browse publications from around the world according to country, category, language, or type. Once you’ve found something you’re interested in reading, tap the publication to get started.

Freedom to Read 2023

What is Intellectual Freedom and Freedom to Read?

Intellectual freedom is the right to access information and ideas from all points of view without restrictions. At the core of intellectual freedom is the belief and trust that people have the ability to assess and analyze information and ideas in order to make informed decisions. In Canada, our intellectual freedom rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (opens a new window).

To help Canadians recognize and reflect on the importance of intellectual freedom, and to bring awareness to censorship, Freedom to Read Week was developed. Freedom to Read Week (Sunday, Feb. 19 to Saturday, Feb. 25) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.

But don’t let the one-week celebration fool you—we should be committed to intellectual freedom year-round.

Challenged materials

Books, magazines, newspapers, and other materials are challenged in Canada and around the world all the time. Each challenge seeks to limit public access to materials in schools, libraries, or bookstores.

For every book published, there are countless opinions about its content. This is why it is the Canadian Court of Law that determines which books are restricted, and not your local library. Libraries are not here to tell you what you can and cannot read. We are here to uphold intellectual freedom and to support people’s curiosity at every stage of life.

Access to Knowledge, Thought, Creativity (and Joy!)

As a vital community connection to the world of information and ideas, Colchester-East Hants Public Library is committed to providing access to knowledge, thought, and creativity for the purposes of learning, inspiration, and enjoyment.

Staff Lists

Adult – Banned and Challenged Titles

Teen – Banned and Challenged Titles

Kids – Banned and Challenged Titles